Classroom discussion, individual and group projects, case studies and practicums—this two-year diploma provides you with a practical balance of academic course work and hands-on experience.

Our instructors are leaders in the local arts and culture sector, and they will help you gain a deeper understanding of cultural policy, build your leadership potential and develop audiences and resources.

Apply to the Bachelor of Fine Arts
There are no planned intakes for this program. Applications for admission are not being accepted. A major and a diploma exit option are available in the new Bachelor of Fine Arts.

What to expect

Learn to manage people and plan events. Prepare contracts and write grant proposals. Discover the challenges faced by the creative, not-for-profit sector—and how to meet those challenges head on.

Add hands-on assignments, case studies and an eight-week field placement to your academic experience and you leave the program prepared to organize, supervise and lead in the arts and culture sector. It's no surprise that 90 percent of our graduates find work in the creative sector.

Courses & Requirements
Check the academic calendar to find out about the courses you need to take and the requirements you need to fulfill to complete your program.
Academic Calendar

Certificate exit

If you have other post-secondary education and want to start working sooner, you may choose to exit the program with a certificate after one year of study.

Study options

We know how important a flexible schedule can be for our students. That's why the Arts and Cultural Management program welcomes full-time or part-time students and offers courses in the classroom or online.

In class or online

If you live outside Edmonton or if you are working and taking post-secondary courses at the same time, you may need the flexibility that comes with the online study option. Online program delivery begins and ends at the same time as the classroom option, but you can complete course work when it suits your schedule. Students taking the online option have access to a faculty tutor and participate in online discussions with other students.

Not all program option courses are offered each term for online students. Because some courses are scheduled on a rotation, online students generally require three years to complete the diploma program.

Full time or part time

You can choose between part-time or full-time studies. The diploma program requires two years of full-time studies or up to four years if you choose the part-time option. Similarly, the certificate program requires one year of full-time studies or up to three years if you choose the part-time option.

University of Alberta minor

University of Alberta Bachelor of Arts students may obtain a minor in arts and cultural management by completing 18 credits of MacEwan University's Arts and Cultural Management courses.

Apply and enrol

If you are a University of Alberta student who wants to obtain a minor in arts management, you must:

  1. Obtain a letter of permission from your University of Alberta Faculty of Arts program advisor.
  2. Follow the steps to apply to Open Studies as a Visiting Student from another institution.

If you encounter difficulties, please contact us.

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