As arts organizations today face a changing environment that presents both unprecedented opportunities and increased financial and competitive pressures, there is a need for skilled and resourceful administrators, managers, and leaders in the arts. The SMU MA/MBA program in business and arts administration is designed to address this need. It is based on the philosophy that a successful career in arts management requires a thorough knowledge of contemporary business practices coupled with both a deep understanding of the arts and the ability to recognize and seize opportunities. The joint degree program combines courses in business and the arts with internships and intensive experience with arts organizations to produce graduates who are well-prepared to hold leadership positions in arts, entertainment, and nonprofit organizations around the world. More information is also available on the SMU Cox website.
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Global exchange opportunities provide students exposure to the world's diversity of arts models, trends, and challenges. Students gain an international perspective through the Global Leadership Program and through an exchange semester with Bocconi University in Milan during their second year of the program. In addition, hands-on learning complements the innovative MA/MBA academic program. Because preserving, producing and presenting quality arts experiences calls for skilled and strategic management, students acquire first-hand knowledge through participation in semester-long practica at leading Dallas-area arts organizations and in an intensive summer internship experience.
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Organizations where SMU MA/MBA students have engaged in practica and internships include the following:
The American Association of Museums - Washington, DC
Arena Stage - Washington, DC
The Art Institute of Chicago
Carnegie Hall – New York
AT&T Performing Art Center
Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Doug Varone Dance Company – New York
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts - New York
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The National Gallery of Art - Washington, DC
The New York City Ballet
San Francisco Opera
Walt Disney Theatrical Productions