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Arts Leadership & Management

What You’ll Study at Queens

Ever wondered how art exhibits are designed? Or are you curious about the laws around who owns what in the creative world? These are just a few of the topics we cover in the arts leadership & management degree. With this degree, you will be ready to apply leadership and management concepts to arts and cultural organizations. With applied skills in administration, finance, and programming, our graduates accept careers in nonprofits, for-profits, social enterprises, public agencies and foundations, art collectives, and creative communities.

In today’s world, students need to be prepared for the ever-evolving job market. Globally, business leaders and executives suggest possessing these skills is even more important than a college degree: collaboration, communication, critical thinking, problem-solving, information literacy, integrity, intercultural skills, and applied knowledge in real-world settings. Students in the Arts Leadership & Management program at Queens are strategically equipped with these skills to navigate the world they are entering.

Influence & Identity: 20th Century Portrait Photography

How Can You Use This Degree?

A major in Arts Leadership & Management is designed to prepare students for professional careers in museums and galleries, arts organizations, and as art critics or for graduate study, but the skills they learn extend to many fields beyond the creative realm. Our recent art graduates are securing placements in graduate schools nationally and internationally, and have worked in positions including:

  • Architect
  • Museum curator
  • Gallery owner
  • Art critic
  • Art lawyer
  • Arts organization administrator
  • Public art director
  • University professors

Highlighted Courses

  • The Arts and Civic Engagement (ARL 201)
  • Arts Development (ARL 202)
  • Leadership in the Arts (ARL 300)
  • Entrepreneurship in the Arts (ARL 301)

Student Success / Highlights

Examples of continued education from our graduates:

Taylor Robinson ’20 – M.Litt. from the University of St. Andrews, now a Ph.D. candidate in Information Security at Royal Holloway University of London, fully funded through the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Cyber Security

Kaileigh Eaton ’19 – M.A. in Arts Administration & Cultural Policy, Goldsmiths, London University, UK

Program Contact

Siu Challons-Lipton, D.Phil.

Executive Director, Department of Art, Design and Music
Carolyn G. and Sam H. McMahon Professor of Art History
Noble Faculty Fellow 
Distinguished Faculty Fellow

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