Critical thinking, creative problem solving, and bold experimentation form the core of our arts leadership program.
We combine coursework with hands-on learning to provide a theoretical framework and practical experience in arts management and advocacy to prepare students for the demands of today’s leadership roles in the arts.
Our program is based on professional standards and practices, with particular emphasis on:
To complete the degree, successful completion of a minimum of 60 credit hours is required. The program is designed to be completed in three years.
All accepted students receive an assistantship and full tuition waiver. To maintain assistantship support, students must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours each semester.
Typically the Arts Leadership program accepts 1-3 students each year.
The MFA in Arts Leadership program is a member of the Association of Arts Administration Educators.
NEW! We are pleased to announce a new Graduate Certificate in Arts Leadership. Open to currently enrolled graduate students at Virginia Tech and professionals working in the field. Please contact Amanda Nelson for information.
As part of the plan of study, each graduate student completes a semester-long internship. To date, Arts Leadership students have had internships with:
Students in the program are also encouraged to pursue internship and work opportunities during the summers. Arts Leadership students have participated in summer work and internships at a range of arts organizations across the country, including:
The new graduate program in Arts Leadership graduated its first cohort in May 2017.
In the fall of 2014, MFA in Arts Leadership students launched the School of Performing Arts blog and all students in the program contribute regularly to the blog- CreatiVe ConnecTions.
Moss Arts Center
For more information, please contact: