In a rapidly changing and globalizing society, arts organizations are being called on to respond to new art forms and ideas, audiences, ethical challenges, and political and economic difficulties. The Master of Arts (MA) in Arts Administration and Policy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) prepares you to meet these demands as a critically engaged and proactive arts administrator and manager.

Program Philosophy

This interdisciplinary program invites extended and focused theoretical and practical explorations into culture, policy, institutions, and their practice. Our approach studies the role institutions and policies play in shaping culture, through a grounded analysis of concrete practices and examples.

The MA in Arts Administration and Policy program strongly encourages you to think beyond existing institutional and policy structures and assumptions and to work flexibly in a dynamic cultural and institutional landscape.

The program emanates from a conviction that neither the short-term interests of policymakers nor the theoretical debates of the academy should circumscribe cultural policy studies, and that neither should exist absent from considerations of and interaction with artistic practice and public debate.

Coursework and Fieldwork

The SAIC Arts Administration and Policy program strongly encourages interaction with current debates and professional situations. Students plan their studies around their research needs that culminate in a thesis.

Interactions and practical experiences are actively encouraged and are facilitated through the arts administration Management Studio, participation in SAIC Study Trips, and ProSeminar 1 with a series of invited, distinguished guest lecturers.

Previous Arts Administration and Policy Study Trip destinations:
2010—Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa
2011—Shanghai and Hong Kong, China
2012—St. Petersburg, Russia; Helsinki, Finland; and Stockholm, Sweden
2013—Havana, Cuba

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