The University of Kentucky prepares the next generation of arts leaders through its innovative online MA in Arts Administration. This degree is designed to serve a vibrant nonprofit arts and cultural industry that attracts more than 78 million Americans each year and generates $135 billion in economic activity annually that support 4.1 million jobs.
Ideal candidates for the M.A. include individuals who have experience in the arts or arts management and have the desire to supplement this experience with more in-depth training in the form of an advanced business and nonprofit arts-focused degree. These include persons who have graduated with a bachelor's degree in Arts Administration or a related field, and professionals with experience in the arts or arts management.
UK offers its M.A. in Arts Administration as a completely online program. This provides several benefits to UK graduate students:
The MA Program is open to qualified applicants who have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in the United States or abroad. All candidates for admission are selected on the basis of undergraduate transcripts, academic and personal references, and related work experience. Applicants are expected to have a demonstrable commitment to the arts in at least one art form. This requirement can be satisfied in several ways including an undergraduate degree in an art form or arts-related field; professional experience in the arts; or extra-curricular activity in the arts.
CV, Personal Statement: A 10-15 page portfolio of writing samples that preferably would include at least one sample of research writing (college-level or above) but may also include professional writing samples that demonstrate critical and analytical thinking. Professional writing samples may include researched essays, marketing or fundraising materials, planning documents or journalistic work. If you do not have an academic or professional writing sample that you wish to submit, you may opt to write a new paper.
The research paper should address one of the following topics and should include appropriate citation and references: Discuss an issue in the arts or arts administration that you believe is of particular concern locally, regionally, nationally or internationally. Select an person who has had a significant influence in an artistic field. Describe and analyze the person's contributions to the arts.
Write an essay responding to and providing compelling examples of this quote: “Art is a nation’s most precious heritage. For it is in our works of art that we reveal to ourselves and to others the inner vision which guides us as a nation. And where there is no vision, the people perish."" –Lyndon Johnson, on signing into existence the National Endowment on the Arts Any arts-related topic of your choosing"
Fall: March 15th
Spring: October 15th
Applications are not accepted for the Summer Session
Director of Graduate Studies in Arts Administration
College of Fine Arts
205 Fine Arts Building
Lexington, KY 40506-0022
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