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Are you an artist, performer, or musician interested in following your passion for creativity and expanding your knowledge of the business side of arts? Or maybe you are an accomplished cultural professional, looking to maximize the change in your arts nonprofit and take your career to the next level. The Arts Extension Service offers several options to give you the education and credentials you need to advance your career through our affordable, experiential, and award-winning professional program in arts management.

For UMass Amherst Campus Students

If you are an Undergrad or Graduate student, Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship courses enhance your degree and passion for your art form by providing valuable skills that institutions look for when hiring and prepare you for your dream job in the arts.

For Online Students

Obtain your professional skills from the leader in the field! Choose from an array of innovative and groundbreaking courses that address contemporary topics like Creative Community Leadership Development and Cultural Equity, and build fundamental skills you will need to successfully run an arts organization.

Take Individual Classes or Professional Development Credits

Are you interested in taking just a course or two to acquire specific skills? If so, you are welcome to register for a single class. While our 500-level courses require Introduction to Arts Management as a prerequisite, this may be waived if you have a minimum of three years of professional arts management experience. (International students are encouraged to take Intro to get a good American cultural overview.)

We are happy to help! We can assist you in designing your program of study and help you determine which classes may help you meet your career goals. Contact us at aes@acad.umass.edu or 413-545-2360 to make an appointment with the Director or an advisor.