Certificate in Arts Management

Program Dates

October 4 – December 14, 2020


Online Interactive Program



  • 10-week program
Registration Closed

In partnership with

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The Art of Business for the Creative Professional

Proudly presented by UC Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business in partnership with The Claire Trevor School of the Arts, the Certificate in Arts Management is an interactive, online program led by vanguard faculty who teach foundational business principles for practical applications in the arts and creative industries.

The program builds upon the passion of the creative professional. It addresses the scope of responsibilities facing leaders in today's art and creative organizations and equips the learner with the skills necessary to manage marketing, fundraising, finance, business development and to lead effectively.

This Certificate in Arts Management applies to careers in the visual and performing arts, museum and gallery management, theatre and company management, orchestra management, gaming, cultural affairs, marketing and many more.


  • Art and Creative Organizations looking to drive team development.
  • Individuals looking for a career in arts management and/or professional growth.
  • Trustees and Leaders with increased oversight, roles and responsibilities.
  • Working artists looking to strengthen the ability to manage their own careers.

Program Highlights

  • Highly Accessible - Online and interactive
  • Compact and rich 10-week program
  • Live zoom sessions with faculty
  • All zoom sessions are recorded in case you cannot attend live
  • Fully endorsed certificate from UCI's Paul Merage School of Business & Claire Trevor School of the Arts
  • Orientation to walk through the online tools for navigating the program
  • Wrap-up event to celebrate a successful program

Program Schedule

  • Orientation: October 1
  • Module 1: Effective Leadership (October 4 - 17)
  • Module 2: Accounting, Finance and Law Management (October 18 - 31)
  • Module 3: Brand Strategy (November 1 - 14)
  • Module 4: Critical Thinking and Decision-Making (November 15 - 28)
  • Module 5: Fundraising and Board Management (November 29 - December 12)
  • Wrap-up Event: December 14


Program Faculty and Industry Experts

Program Faculty

Lisa Barron Lisa Barron, PhD
Lecturer; Organization and Management
The Paul Merage School of Business

max_chao.png Max Chao
Principal and Attorney, Law Offices of Machiavelli W. Chao
Lecturer; Business Law Management
The Paul Merage School of Business

Thomas-Eppel.jpgThomas Eppel, PhD
Lecturer, Operations and Decisions Technologies
The Paul Merage School of Business

molly lynch Molly Lynch
Professor and Department Chair of Dance
UC Irvine Claire Trevor School of the Arts

joel veenstra Joel Veenstra
Lecturer, Associate Head of Stage Management
UC Irvine Claire Trevor School of the Arts

Industry Experts:

Todd Bentjen Todd Bentjen
Forte Strategies

Joel Calvo Joel Calvo
Lecturer and C-Level Leadership Mentor
Merage Institute Program

Jean Davidson CAM Jean Davidson
President and CEO
Los Angeles Master Chorale

Sasha Strauss Sasha Strauss
Managing Director
Innovation Protocol

Ivan WilliamsIvan Williams
Executive Producer
Scenario Entertainment



What is Arts Management?

  • Arts management (alternatively arts administration) is the field that concerns business operations around an arts organization or cultural institutions.
  • Arts managers are responsible for facilitating the day-to-day operations of the organization and fulfilling its mission (for-profit and non-profit institutions)
Q. Who should enroll in the Certificate in Arts Management program? Who is the program geared toward?
  • Individuals looking for a career in arts management and/or professional growth
  • Art and creative organizations looking to drive team development
  • Trustees, board members, and other arts leaders with increased oversight, roles and responsibilities
  • Working artists looking to strengthen their ability to manage their own careers
  • Career changers
Q. Are there any program pre-requisites?
A.  No, there are no program pre-requisites.
Q. What types of jobs will this program prepare me for?
  • Marketing, program development, program management, administration, fundraising, and other roles in arts organizations
  • The program will help individuals learn critical business skills and enhance their ability to more effectively manage their career as an artist or leader in the arts industry
  • Participants will gain valuable and tangible business and leadership skills that are useful regardless of position
Q. Will this program fit in to my schedule?

The program was designed with a busy, working professional in mind.

  • The program is online, 10 weeks, and self-paced (with a few required/scheduled interactive sessions with faculty and peers)
  • Program modules are completed in sequence
  • Though no grades will be issued for the program, there are, however, some assignments and group/peer work to assess learning
Q. Who are the faculty teaching in this program?

This program is a collaborative effort between UCI’s top-ranked Merage School of Business and national leader, Claire Trevor School of the Arts.

  • The curriculum will be taught by world-renown faculty from the Merage School with guest presentations from arts management industry practitioners, and will include real-world examples and cases relevant to the arts industry
  • Participants will also have access to instructors through virtual office hours and any scheduled live webinar sessions
Q. What does the program content/curriculum include?
  • The program content will emphasize the skills and values needed to be successful in the creative industries
  • The comprehensive curriculum aligns with employer demand for effectiveness in leadership, marketing, fundraising, finance, critical thinking and decision-making, and decisive administration
  • The program bridges the gap between traditional education and on the job training and is geared towards:
    • Individuals looking to learn practical tools and frameworks to enhance their careers as well as
    • Organizations looking to develop and enhance their teams.

What will I receive at the end of the program?

A.  Participants who successfully complete all the program requirements will receive an official UC Irvine Certificate of Completion
Q. Are there scholarships, discounts or payment plans available?
  • Groups of 3 or more registering for the same program are eligible for an additional 5% off each person’s registration
Q. Can the program be audited?
A.  Sorry, the program is not available for audit
Q. What is your cancellation or refund policy?
A.  There are no refunds (for any reason) once the program starts
Q. If I cannot register for the current program, when will the next program be scheduled?

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This program has given me a greater understanding of leadership and how these qualities can be applied in my career. It provided me with the tools necessary to shape my future in the arts, as well as applicable lessons for my current position. It has opened up both professional and intellectual doors for me.

Zach E., Assistant to Artistic Director

More information:

Office of Executive Education

In partnership with

UCI Claire Trevor School of Arts