Careers in Culture – Careers in Cultural Management

> Who's who in cultural management education?

“Like many arts managers, I started out as a practicing artist. Although I went on to become a self-taught manager, eventually becoming the National Director of the Canadian Conference of the Arts, I would have progressed much more smoothly through my career had I had some formal training. To you who are considering arts management as a career I would say that the work is endless, rewarding and profoundly satisfying, but only embark on this path if you love the arts.”
- Megan Williams, freelance arts consultant living in Lunenburg, NS

A number of colleges, universities and associations across Canada offer formal education programs – certificates, diplomas, undergraduate and graduate degrees – in cultural management. Many of the courses are quite different in level, length, delivery method and options, so it is worth investigating several alternatives. Some people go directly from high school into formal cultural management education and then into cultural management; others may have already completed a post-secondary degree or certificate and/or may have already worked as a cultural manager, and are now looking for a substantial professional development training program to build their competencies further.

Click on a link below to go directly to the website of a particular program and institution.

Algonquin College - Applied Museum Studies Program

Banff Centre for Management - Leadership Development & Aboriginal Leadership and Management

Bishop’s University - Arts Administration Option (Humanities)

Centennial College - Culture and Heritage Site Management

Concordia University - Graduate Diploma in Administration (Administration of Arts, Culture, Entertainment and Cultural Tourism Organizations)

École des Hautes Études Commerciales

Grant MacEwan College - Arts & Cultural Management (includes online learning)

Humber College

Ryerson University - Continuing Education Publishing Program

Simon Fraser University - Master of Publishing Program

Sir Sanford Fleming College - Museum Management and Curatorship

UBC Centre for Cultural Planning and Development

University of Toronto - Museum Studies Program

University of Toronto at Scarborough - Co-operative Program in Arts Management

University of Victoria - Certificate in Cultural Sector Leadership or in Library Sector Leadership

University of Victoria - Public Administration

University of Waterloo, Centre for Cultural Management

University of Western Ontario

University of Windsor - Arts Management Certificate

University of Winnipeg (continuing education) - Manitoba Arts & Cultural Management Certificate Program

York University, Schulich School of Business - M.B.A. Program in Arts and Media Management!OpenDocument

York University - Graduate Program in Art History

Another source of information about some of these programs is the website of the Canadian Association of Arts Administration Educators (CAAAE).