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Arts Management Non-credit Certificate Programs

Are you employed in a cultural organization and need to enhance your skills? Are you passionate about the arts and want to explore the profession of arts management?

Our Certificate students have gone on to run arts organizations, specialize as grant writers, and have become staff members at nationally-recognized foundations.  Some of our students have created jobs for themselves by starting their own non-profit arts organizations, others have applied their new skills to their artist businesses.  Many students have come to us while working in creative positions and have remained at, or advanced within, the same organization, but even in financially tough times, they are more confident in their ability to run a creative and prosperous institution.

Advance your career by earning a certificate that demonstrates a commitment and knowledge of the arts management field. Since 1996, the Arts Extension Service at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has served countless arts professionals with its Certificates in Arts Management. Through the noncredit Certificate program, you will broaden your learning and stretch yourself to become an effective arts manager and organizational leader. Whether you are a seasoned professional looking to deepen your knowledge base or are just starting out in the field, our certificate program is for you.

Select from two Certificate Options:

To earn your Professional Certificate in Arts Management from the University of Massachusetts Amherst Arts Extension Service, successfully complete eight online courses. To earn your Core Certificate in Arts Management, successfully complete four online courses.

Enjoy these benefits:

  • High quality instruction: Each faculty member has more than 20 years of hands-on professional experience, and most contributed to the Fundamentals of Arts Management, the premier textbook used in over 45% of arts management degree programs in the U.S. which is used as the primary text for our Certificate programs.
  • Flexible Scheduling: Access our online courses from the convenience of your home or work. You are never alone: our support services are available 24/7.
  • Affordable: Each 12-week course costs only $675 plus a small registration fee. There are no additional fees for the certificate.
  • Applied Knowledge: Immediately apply your learning to your own cultural organization
  • Small, interactive classes: Our courses are limited in size to encourage networking with your peers and to ensure academic excellence.

Courses: Courses are offered in arts marketing, board development, creative economy, financial management, fundraising, program evaluation, strategic planning, arts education and arts programming. New courses are always being added! A complete description of our courses can be found here.

Cost: $675 for each 12-week course plus a small registration fee.

Call or email today for more information at or speak with a member of our staff at (413) 545-2360.

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