Programs/MBA/Arts Management

Management of the arts is one of the fastest-growing fields today. It is also among the most dynamic and challenging fields. The need for skilled and knowledgeable arts managers has never been greater.

The Sprott MBA concentration in Arts Management develops the management skills and knowledge needed to help managers and organizations deal effectively with the complexities of the arts and culture sector.

Managers in arts organizations large and small are faced with decisions that parallel those of their colleagues in the for-profit sector and government, but these are overlaid with specific considerations concerning aesthetic and cultural judgements that bring into play a number of additional factors. Arts managers face a constant evolution in arts consumption and funding, marketing of the arts and ethical issues

Career Opportunities

The arts and culture sector plays a very important role in the economic life of Canada and the national capital region. Ottawa is home to national museums, world-class festivals, the National Arts Centre, many galleries, community arts organizations and the federal department of Canadian Heritage, making it an ideal location for students who wish to advance their careers in the Arts.

As well as preparing participants for the management of non-governmental organizations, government agencies, government arts presenters, arts venues and cultural museums, arts umbrella agencies and arts networks, this concentration will provide insight to those who wish to bring a greater understanding of the arts and the inherent benefits of the arts to a career in the private sector.


Courses in the Arts Management concentration build upon the core foundation of integrated business and management knowledge to address specific management issues for arts and culture organizations. Required concentration courses cover topics such as challenges in the arts environment; governance, risk management, financial management, and human resource management from an arts perspective; approaches to branding, media and marketing; cultural intermediaries, fundraising in the arts, and ethical issues in arts and culture.  Students are also required to complete 1.0 credits in courses from a participating arts and culture discipline including Art History, Canadian Studies and Music.

For course descriptions, please refer to Carleton’s Graduate Calendar

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Compulsory core courses (4.25 credits)

View list of Sprott MBA core courses. 

Compulsory concentration courses (1.25 credits)

Course Code Course Title Credit
MGMT 5129 Managing the Arts 0.5
MKTG 5229 Marketing in the Arts and Culture Sector 0.5
MGMT 5128 Ethical Issues in Managing Arts and Culture Organizations 0.25

Elective concentration courses (1.0 credit)

Elective concentration courses can be selected from one of the following three areas:

Art History

Course Code Course Title Credit
ARTH 5112 Topics in Historiography, Methodology and Criticism 0.5
ARTH 5113 Perspectives in Pre-Modernity 0.5
ARTH 5114 Feminism and Gender 0.5
ARTH 5115 Topics in Modern and Contemporary Art 0.5
ARTH 5117 Community/Identity 0.5
ARTH 5210 Topics in Aboriginal Art 0.5
ARTH 5218 Museum Studies and Curatorial Practice 0.5
ARTH 5403 Architecture and Its Institutions 0.5
ARTH 5500 Photography and Its Institutions 0.5

Canadian Studies

Course Code Course Title Credit
CDNS 5302 Canadian Cultural Policy 0.5
CDNS 5401 Heritage Conservation I: History, Principles and Concepts 0.5
CDNS 5402 Heritage Conservation II: Theory in Practice 0.5

1.0 credit from any of the courses between MUSI 5000 and MUSI 5201 (inclusive). Some courses require permission of the Music program.

Elective courses (1.0 credit)

Electives can be selected from:

  • courses in other concentrations or
  • from the following list of additional electives in the calendar:
Course Code  Course Title Credit
BUSI 5106 Business Case Analysis and Presentations 0.25
BUSI 5108 Sustainable Business Development 0.25
BUSI 5906 Special Topics – (see below) 0.25
FINA 5515 Micro Finance 0.50

MBA Internship (1.0 credit)

Students who have less than two years of professional work experience must successfully complete the MBA Internship Program as a graduation requirement.

Course Code Course Title Credit
BUSI 5999 Internship 1.0