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Program Requirements

Students completing the requirements for a certificate in arts management will be prepared for a variety of careers related to leadership and management of music arts organizations and initiatives.

In order to pursue the certificate, students must either major or minor in music, art, or theatre and are encouraged to participate in a professional art organization such as Americans for the Arts.

Required Core Courses

10 semester hours total:

The introductory course will give students an overview of America's nonprofit sector as it relates to both the for-profit business and government sectors. Emphasis will be on the history, purpose, and theories of the sector; the legal and regulatory environment; efforts to improve ethics and accountability; the sector's economics and funding environment; trends in evaluation and outcome measurement; and general management problems and principles. The course will also discuss opportunities for personal growth and career advancement available in the sector and highlight skills and training needed to succeed.


An introductory arts administration course that will approach a broad range of topics related to the nonprofit arts sector. The course will include lectures, discussions, readings, guest speakers, and visits to arts organizations in the region.


This course is designed to improve students' understanding of the elements, processes, and dynamics of board governance and volunteer management of nonprofit organizations. The course includes analysis of the respective roles of the board, chief executive, staff, and volunteers to maximize organizational effectiveness. Students will learn how to assess and improve the effectiveness of a board, the senior leadership, volunteers and the overall governance of the non-profit organization.


Students have an opportunity to work with a variety of professional organizations, including churches, in fields such as radio, arts management and church choir/music ministry leadership. Please see the internship section of the catalog for requirements and guidelines.

For a complete list of all North Park’s programs and course offerings, review the academic catalog.

Academic CaTALOG

Core Curriculum