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Arts Management

Message from the Director

The Arts Management Graduate Certificate at the College of Charleston is jointly administered by the Master of Public Administration program and the School of the Arts and meets the needs of individuals seeking a broader education in managing affairs within the arts sector, serving as a stepping stone for strengthening knowledge in arts advocacy on a local, state and federal level. Graduates of the program have gone on to work with Spoleto Festival USA, the City of Charleston’s Cultural Affairs office, and Subliminal Projects, a contemporary art gallery in LA founded by Shepard Fairey. Courses are taught by professors from the Arts Management Program, including Director and Associate Professor Karen Chandler, Ph.D., visiting Assistant Professor Charlotte Tiencken, and adjunct faculty member Stephen Bedard.


Arts Management is an academic field of study as well as a career path for those interested in supporting the work of performing, visual and media artists. Arts managers learn a broad range of management and administrative skills, and apply those skills in their work with artists and arts institutions. The curriculum for Arts Management includes studies in strategic planning, fund raising, grant writing, programming, special event planning, audience development, board development, financial management and arts policy.


The Graduate Certificate Program in arts management serves professionals currently working in arts management or related fields who desire to expand their knowledge and skills, but may not be able to enter a full graduate program. The program offers courses currently available in the Master of Public Administration Program with an emphasis on preparing arts managers to meet the ever-changing challenges placed on non-profit cultural institutions.

Dr. Chandler

Dr. Karen Chandler, Arts Management Program Director

"The Arts Management Certificate program has definitely given me a more well-rounded perspective of working in the field. Combining my coursework with real life situations has been a natural development. Understanding the use of technology and arts management has been one of the most beneficial aspects, as well as the connections I've made simply by being in the classes and on campus."

Ingram Brooks,
Call Center Manager, Spoleto Festival USA
and College of Charleston Certificate Recipient

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