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AMAE 6224: Advance Fundraising Strategy
This course offers students an advanced exploration of fundraising. Primary emphasis is on development of strategies for annual fund development, major gifts, capital campaigns, prospect research, and institutional fundraising, including government funding. Prerequisite: AMAE 6223.

ARAD 6051: Practica
10 hours per week, spring of first year.

ARAD 6054: Practica
10 hours per week, spring of second year.

ARAD 6115: Directed Studies/Special Topics in Arts Administration.

ARAD 6201: Introduction to Arts Management
This course integrates arts management theory and practices from a variety of arts disciplines. The goals of the course are to explore management of arts organizations locally, nationally and internationally.

ARAD 6202: Strategic Planning in the Arts
This course will focus on the role of long-range planning in arts institutions, including alignment of organizational mission with strategic objectives, organizational capacity and capital structure. Students will analyze an arts organization in-depth and then they will construct an appropriate, detailed strategic plan.

ARAD 6205: Nonprofit Financial Management
The primary emphasis is financial and operational management of non-profit arts organizations. Emphasis will be placed on budget as a reflection of the art form, as a means of fiscal prediction and control and as a vehicle of communication among staff, trustees, and the organization’s other constituencies.

ARAD 6215: Independent Study: In-depth Industry Exploration
This research course will give students an opportunity to fully explore the structural and managerial specifics of their arts industry discipline of choice, including collective bargain agreements, current trends and pressing issues, programming management, and technology.

ARAD 6221: Legal Issues in the Arts
Students will examine, debate , and critically assess legal and ethical aspects of creating and interacting with works of the visual and performing arts and the relationships between and among creators, performers, dealers, collectors, arts institutions, and the public.

ARAD 6222: Audience Development & Marketing in the Arts
Development of external and internal marketing plans, including the following topics: audience development, market segmentation, promotional strategies, sponsorships, e-market research, customer service, and media relations.

ARAD 6223: Fundraising in the Arts
Examination of strategies for raising funds in the private and public sectors, including the process of researching, preparing and managing individual and corporate gifts as well as foundation and government grants.

ARAD 6301: Seminar: Management and Operations of Nonprofit Organizations
An introduction to principles of arts administration, including non-profit organization structures, the role of long-range planning in institutional development, the nature of mission statements and long-term financial planning in the arts. First-semester seminar.

ARAD 6302: Seminar: Strategic Planning in the Arts 
The mission statement, financial planning and the role of long-range planning in arts institutions. Students will formulate individual mission statements and budgets, and then they will construct an appropriate, detailed strategic plan.

ARAD 6304: Arts Administration Internship
An internship in the field of the student’s specialty with a professional arts organization. A sampling of past internships includes American Association of Museums in Washington, D.C., Arena Stage, The Art Institute of Chicago, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The Guthrie Theatre, Lyric Opera of Chicago and Philadelphia Orchestra.

ARAD 6321: Law and the Arts
Students will examine, debate, and critically assess legal and ethical aspects of (i) the creation, collection, and preservation of works of art and antiquity; (ii) the management of intellectual property and related rights in works of visual and performing arts, (iii) relationships between and among creators, performers, dealers, collectors, theaters, museums, and the public; and (iv) broader domestic and international issues impacting the art world. 

ARAD 6322: Audience Development & Marketing in the Arts
Development of external and internal marketing plans, including the following topics: audience development, market segmentation, promotional strategies, sponsorships, e-market research, customer service and media relations.

ARAD 6323: Fundraising in the Arts
Examination of strategies for raising funds in the private and public sectors (government, foundation, corporate and individual sources), including the process of researching, preparing and managing corporation, foundation and government grants and capital campaigns

ARAD 6324: Technology and the Arts
The impact of current technologies on artists, art education and arts organizations.

ARAD 6325: Cultural Economics
This course explores the influence of cultural economics on the production, financing and consumption of arts and culture, and their mechanisms. In particular, it will focus on these topics: The demand and supply of art; the market of visual arts; the market of the performing arts; the audiovisual industry and other cultural industries; cultural heritage and cultural tourism; art value and pricing; copies and fakes; artists' labor market; habits, dynamics and social interactions in cultural consumption.

ARAD 6326: Cultural Policy
The arts and the cultural sector are characterized by a variety of players and stakeholders. They are part of a larger economy with diverse and sometimes contrasting interests, making decision-making processes often difficult to understand, formulate or implement. It becomes thus crucial for arts organizations, arts entrepreneurs and arts professionals to identify and understand the centers of power which more or less directly influence policy- and decision-making in the cultural sector, and the major current issues which engage them.

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