Arts and Cultural Management M.P.S.
Shaping and Sustaining Thriving Cultures in the 21st Century
The mission of the Arts and Cultural Management ACM) graduate program is to build on Pratt Institute's international reputation for developing creative leaders. Our program mission is to develop leaders able to use their creativity strategically to foster creative expression, build creative community, and shape a commerce of ideas and images in an increasingly challenged and mediated world. The program is designed to emphasize the importance of cultivating creative capital by bridging the three C’s of culture, community, and commerce. Participants actively examine how to use the creative arts to develop and sustain thriving cultures and to create prosperity. Typically those interested in arts and culture are not educated in the theory or provided with the tools, language, and experience necessary for administrative leadership. The ACM program was designed to provide these in a collaborative and applied learning environment. Participants are expected to explore the changing role of the cultural leader and the cultural institution and to develop competency in new media and methods that are transforming the way we communicate, engage, and transform.
Program participants collaborate with faculty and each other to achieve the following outcomes:
- Apply theory to practice to develop and sustain thriving cultures and create prosperity.
- Demonstrate the power of collaborative practice to foster creative expression, build creative community and shape a commerce of ideas, artifacts, images, and experiences.
- Evidence the value of cultural leadership and the importance of cultural capital in shaping the 21st century.
Program participants achieve these outcomes by:
- Engaging in simulations and applied practice projects that test theory against the dynamic and evolving realities of a changing world.
- Working in teams to discover opportunities to use the arts to tackle "wicked problems" that require collaboration.
- Integrating and applying learning in strategy formulation and implementation, finance, marketing and law, innovation and decision making, operations planning, cultural programming, human resource management, and negotiation across practice projects.
- Designing applied research projects that deliver creative and strategic approaches to critical cultural challenges.
- Developing team charters and professional and personal development plans and engaging in ongoing peer coaching.
Applicants must demonstrate substantial experience in a related field or activity—social community engagement involving the arts. The required statement of purpose should reflect the applicant's personal vision of how this program fits in with his/her personal and professional goals including how the applicant hopes to use the skills he/she acquires in this program. The statement should be no more than 500 words or two pages. A TOEFL score of 600 (250 computer or 100 Internet) is required of international students. Applications will be accepted throughout the semester. The GMAT is optional.
Requirements for MPS Arts and Cultural Management, 42 TOTAL CREDITS, 2013
ACM-625 Leadership and Team Building
ACM-645 Art in the Urban Environment
ACM-627 Management Communications
ACM-652 Directed Research
ACM-632 Organizational Behavior
ACM-623 Financial Planning & Budget Management the 21st Century
ACM-642 Nonprofit Law & Governance
ACM-626 Managing Innovation and Change
ACM-664A Capstone Planning:Advisement
ACM-631 Behavioral Simulation
ACM-644 Cultural Pluralism in the United States
ACM-622 Fundraising for Arts & Culture
ACM-621 Strategic Marketing for Arts & Culture