What is Arts Management?
Arts management is a field of study within which students develop the knowledge and skills they need to become professionals within the arts and work in galleries, museums, performing arts companies, and many other related areas. The discipline combines the tools of business (such as management, marketing, planning) with the tools of audience and community building (such as fundraising, development, education, volunteerism) to build bridges between art, artists, and audiences. We offer courses in arts marketing, cultural policy development, financial management, and performing arts management, among others. The program of study, which typically requires four or more years to complete, focuses on developing the knowledge base and communication skills needed to enter this demanding yet highly rewarding field.
What makes Arts Management at UTSC unique?
The University of Toronto Scarborough is home to the longest-running undergraduate Arts Management program in the country (active since 1984), with an ideal balance of arts and business courses, and a wealth of arts management-specific courses, that continues to be used as a model for other such programs around the world.
Skills of Arts Management Grads
- Analyze materials and develop policies
- Articulate abstract ideas and visual impressions
- Budget and manage resources
- Collect, observe, and interpret data with precision
- Co-ordinate people, information, and events
- Plan and execute development campaigns
- Prepare financial statements
- Research using a variety of sources
- Understand issues of arts and culture
- Write and present information clearly
Entry-Level Jobs for Bachelor Grads
Common employment destinations include:
- Project Manager
- Volunteer Service Director
- Museum Director
- Cultural Events Planner
- Database Analyst
- Multimedia Developer
- Art Therapist
Graduate & Professional Studies
Popular further education opportunities include:
- Arts Management - Master
- Business Administration - Master
- Cultural and Public Policy - Master
- Museum and Curatorial Studies - Master
Examples of Fields that "Fit" the Skills of Arts Management Grads
- Magazine Publishers
- Radio and Television Broadcasting Stations
- Photographic Libraries - Archives
- Law Offices
- Graphic Design Services
- Humanities Research & Development Services
- Public Relations Agencies
- Art Museums
- Federal - Arts and Culture Programs
- Provincial - Cultural Affairs Programs
Your 4-Year Career Exploration Action Plan
1. Do Your Research
The databases below provide you with details about job prospects, nature of work, educational requirements, working conditions, pay and related career paths:
- Career Crusing: Log into CLN, click on Resources, and click on Career Cruising to be logged in automatically
- O*Net: (U.S. site)
Attend our workshop Discover Your Skills and Career Options, meet with a Career Counsellor, and use our resources to get to know your skills, values, personality and interests.
Use the advice on our tip sheets for gathering information:
- Information Interviews
- Working On-Campus
2. Explore Career Options and Get Experience
- Extern Job Shadowing
- In the Field
- Explore It! (course-based)
- Partners in Leadership (4th year students)
- Employer Information Sessions
- Career & Volunteer Fairs
Apply for Work Study jobs on CLN in Fall and Spring! You might also find work via the SCSU.
Find networking opportunities, internship programs, and entry-level jobs via websites like TalentEgg and CharityVillage.
As an upper year student (14+ credits), attend UTSC's Get Hired conference and participate in Jobs for Grads.
As a graduate, explore internships and other trainee programs like Career Edge.
3. Build Your Network
Explore professional associations and get involved! Volunteer for their events and get to know people in your industry of interest. These are your future mentors, supervisors, and colleagues!
- The Cultural Human Resources Council
- Marketing Research and Intelligence Association
- Association for Cultural Studies
- Ontario Association of Art Galleries
- Canadian Marketing Association
- Ontario Art Therapy Association
- Arts and Humanities Research Council
- Canada Council for the Arts
- National Gallery of Canada
- Canadian Heritage - Cultural Affairs Sector
- Canadian Women's Business Network
Please note: This information is a starting point for your further research into career options in this field of study. For more information on this program and course requirements, please visit the Department of Arts Management website.