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Monday, August 5, 2013

NEWS: SUU's Arts Administration Graduate Program to Begin Online M.A. Degree

Southern Utah University, Cedar City, UT: After one decade, SUU’s Arts Administration Graduate Program has established itself as one of the nation’s most outstanding platforms which provides an interdisciplinary education that develops well-rounded generalists, employable in any of the arts disciplines as professional arts administrators. Rachel Bishop, Interim Director of the Arts Administration Graduate Program, is pleased to announce the launch of the program’s Online MA Degree, commencing with the fall 2013 semester.
According to Ms. Bishop, “many arts professionals who are already working in the field are looking to further their education and this MA degree was designed to fulfill that need. The program is only one of six such online MA degrees in Arts Administration offered in the country – and SUU’s program is the only online program in the west.”
The Master of Arts degree program will prepare graduates for management-level positions within nonprofit arts and cultural organizations. This interdisciplinary program combines specialized coursework in arts administration, graduate-level course work in accounting, marketing, public budgeting and financial management, and a final project or thesis, totaling 36 credit hours). The program begins at an intensive three-day workshop in Cedar City that will introduce students not only to the field of arts administration, but Arts Administration faculty and fellow students in both degree programs. Coursework in the online program will include financial management, development, fundraising, marketing, legal issues, leadership, and board development. At the end of the program, students will complete either a Final Project or Thesis. The focus of a Final Project is the practical aspects of the academic material studied, and the focus of a Thesis is new research in the field of Arts Administration.
Graduates of the current MFA program have place in such recognized arts institutions and commercial firms as The Theatre School at Chicago’s DePaul University, Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment, Missouri Arts Council and Utah Symphony & Opera.  
The SUU Arts Administration graduate program (MFA degree) has been designed to blend a love of the arts with the professional business skills necessary to promote, maintain, enhance, and fund arts organizations. This two-year, year-round program develops skills in strategic planning, marketing, fundraising, grant writing, budgeting and finance, advocacy, education, program development and community relations. Arts Administration students work alongside arts management professionals in the Utah Shakespeare Festival, the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, and the College of Performing and Visual Arts. The unique blend of classroom involvement and hands-on practical experience propels graduates into the Arts Administration job market that is actively seeking trained arts managers.
If interested in pursuing an online Arts Administration MA degree, please visit http://www.suu.edu/pva/aa/ for additional information and an application.
The Southern Utah University College of Performing and Visual Arts is comprised of nationally accredited departments of Art and Design, Music, Theatre Arts and Dance, as well as a graduate program in Arts Administration and a Center for Shakespeare Studies. The College offers 16 different degree areas, including liberal arts Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees; professional Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Fine Arts in art and theatre degrees; and a Master of Fine Arts in Arts Administration degree. More than 60 full- and part-time faculty and staff are engaged in teaching and mentoring over 550 majors in the College. Over 1100 students enroll each year in over 195 arts classes on the SUU campus. The College presents 100 performances, lectures, presentations, and exhibitions each year.  The College’s affiliate organizations include the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, American Folk Ballet, Utah Shakespeare Festival, the performance group Acclamation, and the SUU Ballroom Dance Company. For more information about the College of Performing and Visual Arts, contact the Office of the Dean (435) 865-8561, or by e-mail at cpvamktg@suu.edu.

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