M.A. On Campus

Arts Management

The American University of Rome

12 months
21000 USD/year
21000 USD/year
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The M.A. in Arts Management at American University of Rome was designed for a new breed of professionals, those who bridge curatorial awareness with the business and management skills necessary in today's competitive art world. 

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The American University of Rome recognized that the Arts Management complexity of today’s art world required a graduate program that unpacked the structure of the contemporary art world, revealed the nature of artistic and cultural values in connection to their market value and provided a solid knowledge of business and market principles.

International in scope, this program featured Rome and Italy's unparalleled museum culture as case studies for the challenges and the opportunities facing future curators and arts administrators. Our students had access to internationally renowned arts institutions and art professionals in charge of some of the world’s most prestigious collections working within a unique system of patronage.

Students of this program mastered key concepts and ideas in art theory, analyzed the most advanced curatorial practices, and gained in-depth knowledge of museum management, fundraising, and the economics of culture. Through a selection of elective courses, students chose to focus on live arts management, writing, heritage or entrepreneurship. 

Those who have completed this program came away with: 

  • Knowledge of curatorial practices and the social and cultural role of artistic institutions
  • Knowledge of relevant art theories that explain and contextualize the complex artistic production and functioning of the contemporary art world 
  • Knowledge of art market principles, including market, social, political and cultural factors that structure the art market
  • Management skills in museum and live arts project management
  • Fundraising skills
Potential careers include:
  • Museum managers
  • Art gallery managers
  • Managers of art fairs, and other contemporary art manifestations
  • Curators
  • Exhibition designers
  • Professionals working for private and public collectors
  • Contributors to professional art journals and reviews
  • Reporters on art and art critics
  • Professionals working for governmental and non-governmental organizations related to art and cultural heritage\
  • Contributors to professional art journals and reviews

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Business for Art Management Professionals 
  • Museum Management: Inside Today’s Museums 
  • Cultural Economics 
  • The Art of Display: Museology & Curatorship 
  • The Value of Art: Art Criticism and the Art Market 
  • Art Theory- From the Beginning to the “End” of Art 
  • Thesis Preparation 
  • Arts Management Internship 
  • Arts Management Independent Study 
  • Contemporary Issues in Global Heritage 
  • Heritage Tourism 
  • Communicating with Digital Media 
  • Entrepreneurship: Starting and Managing Your Own Business 
  • Professional Writing Across Media

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Official high school transcripts and/or university transcripts for all institution attended to date.  A certified English translation is required for non-English transcripts.
  • An academic recommendation letter. *please see below 
  • Course descriptions for all courses where credits are being transferred.
  • A copy of your valid passport.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English will need to supply an official TOEFL, IELTS or DUOLINGO English language proficiency results (Unless transcripts show that you have been attending an English-speaking school/university for three years or more)
  • Optional: Official SAT or ACT results.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21000 USD for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    21000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21000 USD for the full programme during 12 months.

Living costs for Roma

850 - 1450 EUR /month
Living costs

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