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 mediated world. The program is designed to emphasize the importance of cultivating creative capital by bridging the "three C’s": culture, community, and commerce. ACM program participants actively examine how to use the creative arts to develop and sustain thriving cultures and create prosperity.
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 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.
The required statement of purpose should reflect the applicant’s personal vision of how the program fits their personal and professional goals, including how the applicant aims to use skills acquired throughout the program. Statements of purpose should be no longer than 500 words or two pages and must be submitted with the applicant's resume. A minimum 3.0 undergraduate cumulative index is required. For international students, a minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 82 (Internet) is required for admission to the program. Applicants considered for admission will be interviewed over phone, email, or in-person with the program director.
The ACM program’s academic calendar is modeled after successful executive M.B.A. programs. Its schedule of alternating weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) allows participants to carry their job responsibilities while they study. Two five-day intensives—at the beginning and middle of the program—provide the opportunity for several brief, intensive courses, including behavioral simulation and negotiating modules.
ACM course enrollment is available to fully matriculated Design Management and Arts and Cultural Management Students only. The program has five required semesters: fall, spring, summer, fall, and spring. All courses are taken in sequence; each set of courses must be successfully completed in order to continue to the next sequence.
Program participants may not graduate without successfully completing all courses including Integrative Capstone. Participants are required to secure a Capstone project team during Semester 3. If participants are unable to recruit or join a team, they may not continue through the program. No individual projects will be allowed.