As public sector funding for the arts has become restricted, there is an increasing need for well qualified arts administrators, who are able to work at the interface between artistic creativity and sound business practice. This M.A. shapes a new breed of professionals in the arts management field by offering Liberal Arts, Humanities, Fine Arts, Film, Media and Communication graduates the opportunity to acquire the appropriate management and business skills, thus enabling them to capitalize upon their previous grounding within the arts.

With the M.A. program in Arts Management, AUR’s mission is to educate professionals with an advanced knowledge of the contemporary art world and art administration/art management.

Our students immerse themselves in Rome and Italy’s abundance of museums and cultural resources,  benefiting from AUR’s access to major artistic and cultural institutions in Europe. This degree offers the possibility to study some of the world’s most important collections and a system of patronage in the arts specific to Italy and Europe. Students have the opportunity to conduct their research and internships in arts institutions which manage some of the world’s most prestigious collections worldwide. This creates an optimal academic experience and study environment, for students’ personal and professional growth.

The complexity of today’s art world requires a diverse set of knowledge and skills. The range of responsibilities of arts administrators requires a graduate program which educates students about the structure of the contemporary art world, the nature of artistic and cultural values in connection to their market value and a solid knowledge of business and market principles.

These high level skills will make future professionals in the arts management desirable candidates for a variety of posts in particular institutions of the art world, such as museums, galleries, art fairs and media.

The AUR’s M.A. in Arts Management enables students to acquire fundamental skills in the areas of arts management and arts administration.

Upon completing the program students will be able to apply their knowledge and skills in the contemporary art world and art market. Students will be able to demonstrate:

  • Advanced institutional management skills, which include an in-depth knowledge of the way in which institutions such as museums, galleries, art fairs, auction houses, art dealers and private collectors, and art media function. The ability to design and carry out institutional strategic plans and the ability to organize teamwork and recognize individual potential of team members will also be developed
  • Advanced skills in arts project management focused around the capacity to design and carry out demanding projects such as international exhibitions and art fairs e.g. logistics in realization of major art projects and artistic projects of the alternative artistic production and emerging artistic scenes. Students will also develop fundraising skills e.g. the ability to locate potential donors, art foundations, governmental and non-governmental organizations. Basics of financial management are also taught which enables future professionals to design budgets and work with multiple financial sources
  • Advanced knowledge of art market principles, including: market, social, political and cultural factors that structure the art market. Also examined are specific features of the art market and institutions of art in Europe, USA, and emerging art markets across the globe, structure of the market price of artworks and factors that influence the price of artworks
  • Advanced knowledge of relevant art theories that explain and contextualize the complex artistic production and functioning of the contemporary art world. There is a focus on the value of art and how cultural and aesthetic values are related to market value. The social status of creativity and creative inquiry and the ways in which creative works are valorized are taken into account alongside understanding the dynamics of the globalizing art market and the complexity of theoretical issues that the globalizing art world and art market pose
  • Advanced knowledge of the social and cultural role of artistic institutions
  • Advanced knowledge of curatorial practices and exhibition design principles
  • Students will also be able to clearly demonstrate that they have acquired: research skills, necessary to study at the graduate level and to write research papers; the ability to plan and execute an extensive research project; high level analytical skills; and the ability to communicate ideas and arguments effectively, in speech or in writing, in an accurate, focused and lucid manner.

A vital aspect of the learning process will also be the exposure of students to the cultural diversity of Rome and of Italy, and to make the most of the opportunities for on-site teaching visits.