Arts Policy and AdministrationMaster of Arts

About us

The mission of the Department of Arts Administration, Education and Policy is to critically engage cultural meaning that fosters social change and advances the public interest through the arts and visual culture through excellence in:

  • Research
  • Policy
  • Teaching
  • Leadership

Our programs promote understanding of the arts and visual culture for all students through a curriculum that is research-based, interdisciplinary and intent on collaboration with communities both within and outside the University, state, nation, and world.

We emphasize understanding of arts and culture, especially visual culture, in a global, culturally diverse and technological society. This content is explored through the following:

  • Pedagogical theory and practices
  • Critical inquiry of historical and contemporary artworks
  • Analysis of public and educational policy in the arts and cultures
  • Inquiry in the philosophical, historical, and policy foundations of art education, arts management, and cultural policy administration

Our curriculum includes attention to understanding:

  • Multimedia technologies in cultural production
  • Critique of policies
  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Assessment
  • Awareness of comparative international practice
The MA in Arts Policy and Administration program is a dual program between the Department of Arts Administration, Education and Policy and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs. The program can be completed in two academic years, with students completing 49 hours of coursework between both departments. Students study public policy and the arts, arts management, and arts education policy and program management. AAEP and the Glenn College work together to provide a comprehensive and balanced curriculum that examines intersections of public policy, arts and culture.
One of the first programs in the country to dedicate itself to serious research and advanced training in arts policy and administration, students have the opportunity to undertake internships in Columbus with a wide range of arts organizations, including the Columbus Museum of Art, Opera Columbus, the Ohio Arts Council, BalletMet and Ohio State’s own Wexner Center for the Arts.
At the conclusion of this program, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate competency of the history, evolution, issues and implementation tools of arts policy and arts organization management;
  2. Use concepts commonly used in arts policy and arts administration to understand and analyze situations, issues and programs that arts policy makers and/or arts administrators encounter;
  3. Understand how research can be used to inform and/or improve arts policy making and arts management; and,
  4. Develop, plan and implement an individual research study relevant to arts policy and/or arts administration and explain its implications for practice.

Graduates of the program will have the practical skills required to manage an arts or cultural organization and will understand the important relationships of the arts to education, education to government, and government to the arts.