Become an Arts Leader in the City Ranked #1 for Culture by Travel & Leisure
Here at Drexel, we work with your strengths, expand your capabilities, and give you the tools, resources, and experiences you need to fulfill your passion for arts and culture. We believe that successful leaders are adaptive, resourceful, strategic, and connected, and our arts administration programs build those capacities in you.
Through integrating management theory and practice, organizational case studies, exposure to leading arts executives and thinkers, self-study, and academic research, Drexel’s arts administration programs prepare you for leadership in the field. The campus program, one of the oldest in the nation, draws on the city and region’s rich tapestry of arts and culture organizations to build your professional network and provide hands-on learning experiences, while the online program draws upon some of the country’s smartest arts leaders as mentors, teachers, and guides. Each program shares the same curriculum, with classes that address arts, commerce, research, and technology in a multi-disciplinary course of study. At Drexel, you’ll develop skills in marketing, fundraising, management and policy in preparation for a career as a community leader in arts and culture.
By interacting with your colleagues, faculty, and our extensive network of alumni, you'll also build a network that serves you throughout your career. All students are members of our Arts Administration Graduate Association (AAGA), an organization that complements your classroom experiences through coordinating social and professional events for the arts administration community. Each year, the AAGA board hosts an Art Auction, which for ten years has successfully raised funds to support first-year students' participation in National Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, DC, where we join hundreds of others from across the country to lobby the federal government in support of the arts.
To support you in your studies, the campus program offers three graduate assistantships at the University each year, plus fellowships with local cultural organizations when possible. Many students work full- or part-time while in the program, further developing their expertise and professional networks.
The faculty represent leading thinkers and practitioners in the field, and our graduates work across the country and around the world in positions from development to marketing to executive leadership, in cultural and civic organizations of all disciplines, sizes, and stripes. Together, we work to make communities better by building and leading strong, resilient, high-impact organizations.
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Arts Administration Online
The Drexel Arts Administration Graduate Programs are proud members of various organizations, including the Association of Arts Administration Educators and the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.