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.

Entrance Requirements

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.

Degree Requirements

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.

All classes in ACM and DM are taken as a cohort and in a required sequence. Each course acts as a prerequisite for the course which follows. For this reason, these courses are only available to students matriculated in the programs.


Requirements for MPS Arts and Cultural Management

  • Semester 1

    Complete these courses.

    ACM-625 Leadership and Team Building

    ACM-627 Management Communications

    ACM-631 Behavioral Simulation

    ACM-641 Management of Arts & Cultural Organizations

    ACM-645 Art in the Urban Environment

  • Semester 2

    Complete these courses.

    ACM-623 Financial Planning & Budget Management the 21st Century

    ACM-624 Arts & Cultural Education

    ACM-632 Organizational Behavior

    ACM-642 Nonprofit Law & Governance

  • Semester 3

    Complete these courses.

    ACM-626 Managing Innovation and Change

    ACM-633 Negotiating

    ACM-646 External Relations for Nonprofit Managers

    ACM-652 Directed Research

    ACM-664A Integrative Capstone: Planning and Advisement

  • Semester 4

    Complete these courses.

    ACM-621 Strategic Marketing for Arts & Culture

    ACM-622 Fundraising for Arts & Culture

    ACM-643 Art, Culture, and Social Policy
    and Social Policy 

    ACM-654 Strategic Technology

  • Semester 5

    Complete these courses.

    ACM-628 Advertising & Promotion

    ACM-644 Cultural Pluralism: Designing Cultures Of Inclusion

    ACM-651 Finances and Financial Reporting For Nonprofit Managers

    ACM-664B Shaping the 21st Century: Integrative Captone

    ACM-671 Managerial Decision Making

    DM-643 Intellectual Property Law