Graduate Certificate at Spur



Looking for a professional development opportunity? Interested in furthering your education in arts management? CSU’s Spur campus at the National Western Complex in Denver hosts courses for Arts Management’s graduate certificate in Arts Leadership and Cultural Management. Engage with other arts management students and leaders in class and connect with the local arts community and organizations through hands-on fieldwork.

Specialized Training

Learn how to help nonprofit and for-profit arts and cultural organizations in the creative economy thrive through specialized training in arts management courses that address the following topics:

  • Arts leadership
  • Arts policy
  • Arts advocacy
  • Community engagement
  • Live events management

Apply the practical skills and leadership methods you learn to your current role working at an arts or cultural organization or use them to help find a new role. Explore the dynamics of arts and cultural leadership and advocacy, learn how arts and culture develops and sustains communities, discover how the creative economy drives growth, and refine your skills in leveraging the power of arts and culture throughout communities.


Study with faculty passionate about arts management

Learn from academic practitioners who are highly published scholars and researchers. Faculty work for, lead, and consult with many arts agencies. Blending academic and industry knowledge allows students to see how theory can be applied to real-world issues faced by professionals in the industry today.

Faculty strive to help students meet their educational goals through community, creativity, and collaborative strategies that are complemented by a strong mentoring pedagogy.

Career Opportunities

Demand continues to grow for leadership opportunities in the creative industries.

Advance your career in areas such as:

  • Nonprofit arts organization management
  • Local, state, and federal arts agency management
  • For-profit creative industry firm management
  • Live events management for the performing arts
  • Arts entrepreneurship
  • Cultural policy development

Job titles may include:

  • Executive Director
  • Artistic Director
  • Program Manager
  • Special Events Manager
  • Exhibition Planner
  • Financial Manager
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Box Office Manager
  • Education Coordinator
  • Community and Corporate Relations Manager
  • Manager of Artistic Outreach
  • Donor Relations Manager
  • Grants Manager
  • Director of Patron Services
  • Facility Manager

You must be admitted into this program for the graduate certificate to appear on your official University transcript.

Take four classes (12 credits) sequentially in four semesters to earn your certificate.


LEAP 500 Intro to Arts Leadership

LEAP 600 Arts Policy and Advocacy

LEAP 650 Arts Events Management

LEAP 660 Community Engagement in the Arts

Apply credits toward your master’s degree

Transfer coursework into the Master of Arts Leadership and Cultural Management program after formal admission per University transfer policies. Note: Successful completion of the courses or certificate does not guarantee admission to the degree program.

Program Information


Courses: In person on the Spur Campus
Credits: 12
Tuition: $681 per course hour
Degree Awarded: Graduate Certificate in Arts Management
Time Frame: Four semesters


For more information, please contact Brigid M. McAuliffe, MFA at

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