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First International Arts Management Master's Degree Program Launched for Fall 2013

Bocconi University Graduate School of Management in Milan, HEC Montréal, and SMU partner on new program approaching arts management from a global perspective

HEC Montréal, Bocconi University Graduate School of Management and SMU’s Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship program will finalize an agreement on May 30 to launch a new 12-month International Arts Management Master of Management Degree (M.M.). Beginning in fall 2013, the new M.M. degree will be the first to focus on issues unique to international arts management and to approach arts management from a global perspective. The program includes one four-month session at each of the three partner universities and will prepare students to manage and lead international arts and cultural organizations.

“As arts and cultural industries grow increasingly interconnected and global in scope, our new M.M. degree responds to the heightened demand for a graduate program specializing in international arts management,” said Zannie Voss, chair of the Division of Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship at the SMU Meadows School of the Arts.

Coursework in the new M.M. program will be focused on cultural policy, international law and the arts, cultural economics and the international art market, urban planning and cultural tourism, the international digital media market, and the strategy and governance of cultural organizations, as well as other areas of arts management. The three partner universities are each widely recognized for their existing programs in nonprofit arts administration, which combine standard management courses with courses addressing the unique challenges of leading arts organizations.

“Bringing together more than 50 full-time faculty members with expertise in arts management from three leading universities will give students access to an unparalleled pool of resources to create a foundation for their careers on the international cultural market,” said Professor François Colbert, Chair in Arts Management Carmelle and Rémi-Marcoux, HEC Montréal.

“There is no better way to learn to be an international arts manager than to be immersed in a variety of cultures,” said Stefano Baia Curioni, Associate Professor, Department of Policy Analysis and Public Management at Bocconi University. “In the future, arts managers will be dealing with more international challenges, and this new degree is the only program in the world that specifically trains students to address these multicultural issues.”

“The new M.M. in International Arts Management is an important new addition to the Meadows School’s Division of Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship, which offers degree programs combining courses in both business and the arts, creating graduates who are well-prepared to hold leadership positions in arts organizations around the world,” said José Bowen, dean of the Meadows School.

For more information, including how to apply, visit the official MMIAM website.

About SDA Bocconi School of Management
The leading school of management in Italy and the only Italian school present in all of the most important international rankings (Financial Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Economist, Forbes), SDA Bocconi has established itself as a European leader in higher education. SDA Bocconi School of Management is part of Università Bocconi, the first Italian university to grant a degree in economics. For over a century, Bocconi has played a leading role in Italy’s social and economic modernization. SDA Bocconi has been engaged in the promotion and organization of executive education since 1971, with an international approach. The School’s vision of empowering life through knowledge and imagination lies behind its program offerings: Executive Education Open and Custom Programs, MBA and Master Programs, for the development of individuals, companies, institutions and economic systems. For more information, visit

About HEC Montréal
HEC Montréal, Canada’s first business school, celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2007. With its avant-garde approach and leadership, it maintains exacting standards of academic and scientific excellence in everything it does. HEC Montréal was the first school in North America to be awarded AMBA, AACSB International and EQUIS accreditation. HEC Montréal appears in the Top 100 business schools worldwide ranked according to their research publications in leading business journals between 2005 and 2009, according to a study by the University of Texas at Dallas. HEC Montréal’s MBA is ranked among the world’s best: Businessweek: 2004, 2006, 2010; Forbes: 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011; AméricaEconomía: 2009, 2010; Expansión: 2010; Corporate Knight: 2011; The Economist: 2011. For more information, visit

About SMU’s Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship Program (Dallas)
The goal of the Meadows School of the Arts, as a comprehensive educational institution, is to prepare students to meet the demands of professional careers. It is also committed to providing an ongoing opportunity for all SMU students to grow in the understanding and appreciation of the arts. The Meadows School is a leader in developing innovative outreach and community engagement programs, challenging its students to make a difference locally and globally by developing connections between art entrepreneurship and change. The M.M. in International Arts Management is the most recent addition to the Meadows School’s innovative arts administration programs. More than 20 years ago, the Meadows School created the nation’s only dual-degree M.A./M.B.A. program in arts management in collaboration with SMU’s Cox School of Business. During the 2011-2012 academic year, Meadows introduced seven new interdisciplinary undergraduate minors, including programs in Arts Entrepreneurship and Arts Management. For more information, visit

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