BACHELOR of FINE ARTS

ARTS AND CULTURAL MANAGEMENT MAJOR

Meet us at the intersection of business and the arts. Music, theatre and dance; art galleries and museums; heritage conservation and the literary arts—if you are passionate about promoting arts and culture in the community, this major is for you.

Our award-winning faculty, who are both scholars and practitioners, prepare you to lead and manage—yourself or others—in the creative sector. In this hands-on program, you participate in community-engaged learning activities, which include eight weeks of work in the field.

I love this program! It's a perfect fusion between arts and business.
Arts and Cultural Management student

What to expect

In the first two years of the Arts and Cultural Management major, you learn the foundational skills you need to successfully lead and manage an arts or cultural organization (or an individual artist's career). You are immersed in core aspects of arts and cultural management, as well as in specialized and customized aspects of the business.

The program focuses on the unique and innovative settings inherent in arts and cultural organizations, with business and management courses adapted specifically for the sector by incorporating information on topics such as non-profit accounting practices, human resource management that includes boards and volunteers, and case studies that focus on non-profit management. Using an experiential learning approach, you participate in community-engaged course work, independent study, internal Allard Hall practicum work and a capstone eight-week Work Integrated Learning course.

Practicum

Every student completes a six-credit, eight-week field placement in an arts and cultural organization either in Canada or abroad.

You take the lead in searching for and securing your field placement with guidance from a faculty advisor. Through this work-integrated learning course, you learn job search techniques, match your career aspirations with real-life opportunities, practice interviewing and prepare a resumé and portfolio. 

Student placements often take place at local well-known organizations, such as the Citadel Theatre, the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival and the Edmonton Folk Music Festival. Many community-based volunteer galleries, festivals and events across Alberta rely on MacEwan University placement students to assist with annual events. Further afield, our students have completed field placements in British Columbia, Quebec and Scotland.

Online study

Currently, you can choose to complete the first two years of this major through online study. Work has begun to develop the third and fourth year for online delivery, a process that will take several years.

For now, if you start with online studies, to continue with the degree, you will likely need to attend classes in person at MacEwan University in Edmonton for your third and fourth years.

If you decide to exit the program after the second year (60 credits), you receive a diploma credential.

Applications open October 1, 2021
Start your studies in Fall 2022. We begin accepting applications to this competitive program on October 1, 2021. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible after applications open in order to improve your chances for admission.