Master’s

Photo provided by LEAP Online Master's Student Alyssa Wilson
Photo provided by LEAP Online Master's Student Alyssa Wilson

STUDY AT THE LEAP INSTITUTE IN A COMMUNITY THAT VALUES THE ARTS

Earning your master’s degree in Arts Leadership and Cultural Management (M.A.L.C.M.) at Colorado State University responds to an increased demand for graduates who can provide vision for arts organizations, communities and municipalities in the 21st Century. We believe that a strong vision for the arts requires a commitment to leadership, a responsibility to arts advocacy, learning how the arts economy drives our communities, urban planning through the arts, creating opportunities for artists, and building skills and confidence with applied skill sets.

Our graduates from the Master’s in Arts Leadership and Management have the certainty that they can apply their skills to opportunities throughout the non-profit and for-profit sectors of our vibrant arts economies and communities and create artistic centers in places that need it.

HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE

Arts Management at Colorado State delivers training from a world-class University, provides practical, hands-on experience in the field of the arts, helps enhance the community through arts development, and improves quality of life through thoughtful urban planning and economic development.

Hands-on opportunities include visits to arts venues, seminars with local arts leaders, festival management, internships, real-world case studies, and regular interaction with local and state leaders in the arts.

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ELECTIVES

Electives are chosen by students as a way to enhance and supplement their individual interests and career goals. You can choose from classes such as the ones that are offered below or find classes that you are interested in. You will work with our program advisor to have your electives approved for your course of study.

VISUAL ARTS

<strong>ART 320  Global Encounters in Art:</strong> <br>
Comparative topics in global art.
ART 320 Global Encounters in Art:
Comparative topics in global art.

CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN BUSINESS

<strong>BUS 690A  Contemporary Issues - Business:</strong><br>Current issues in business, featuring business and community leaders.
BUS 690A Contemporary Issues - Business:
Current issues in business, featuring business and community leaders.

MANAGEMENT

<strong>MGT 620  Management:</strong><br>Practices, policies, philosophies, and behavior.<br>
<strong>MGT 620 Management</strong><br>
Practices, policies, philosophies, and behavior.<br>
<strong>MGT 679 Principles of Strategic Management: </strong> <br>Processes through which firms choose and implement strategies. Formulation and implementation of strategic management process in variety of industries.<br>
<strong>MKT 600 Marketing Management and Strategy: </strong><br>Processes of customer value creation and value capture; marketing strategy analysis.
MGT 620 Management:
Practices, policies, philosophies, and behavior.
MGT 620 Management
Practices, policies, philosophies, and behavior.
MGT 679 Principles of Strategic Management:
Processes through which firms choose and implement strategies. Formulation and implementation of strategic management process in variety of industries.
MKT 600 Marketing Management and Strategy:
Processes of customer value creation and value capture; marketing strategy analysis.

CREATING AND MANAGING
A CAREER IN THE ARTS

<strong>LEAP 310 Creative Industries Career - Management:</strong><br>Trains individuals for careers in the arts and creative industries with skills in arts entrepreneurship, leadership, marketing, financial management, and project management.
LEAP 310 Creative Industries Career - Management:
Trains individuals for careers in the arts and creative industries with skills in arts entrepreneurship, leadership, marketing, financial management, and project management.

FUNDAMENTALS OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP

<strong>MGT 340 Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship:<br></strong>Concepts of entrepreneurship and role of entrepreneurs in the economy.<br><strong>MGT 420  New Venture Creation:</strong><br> Entrepreneurs and the entrepreneurial process. Growth of an independent business.
MGT 340 Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship:
Concepts of entrepreneurship and role of entrepreneurs in the economy.
MGT 420 New Venture Creation:
Entrepreneurs and the entrepreneurial process. Growth of an independent business.

CONFLICT MANAGEMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS

<strong>SPCM 570 Instructional Communication Theory and Practice:</strong><br>Communication theory and research in instructional contexts. Designed for current or prospective teachers.<br><strong>SPCM 436 Conflict Management and Communication:</strong><br>Theories and principles of communication in conflict management; application to conflict resolution situations.
SPCM 570 Instructional Communication Theory and Practice:
Communication theory and research in instructional contexts. Designed for current or prospective teachers.
SPCM 436 Conflict Management and Communication:
Theories and principles of communication in conflict management; application to conflict resolution situations.
<strong>CIS 600 Information Technology and Project Management:</strong><br>Strategic role in and management of information technology and software development projects.
CIS 600 Information Technology and Project Management:
Strategic role in and management of information technology and software development projects.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT

<strong>EDOD 506  Human Resource Development:</strong><br>Human resource development foundational theory, research, and techniques for workplace and organizational learning and performance.<br><strong>
MGT 610  Strategic Human Resource Management:</strong><br>Strategic issues associated with recruiting, staffing, evaluating, compensating, and developing employees; leadership issues associated therein.
EDOD 506 Human Resource Development:
Human resource development foundational theory, research, and techniques for workplace and organizational learning and performance.
MGT 610 Strategic Human Resource Management:
Strategic issues associated with recruiting, staffing, evaluating, compensating, and developing employees; leadership issues associated therein.

HUMAN RESOURCE MANGEMENT

<strong>EDUC 670 Grant Writing:</strong><br>Mechanics of proposal writing, including intangibles of the grant-seeker's art.
EDUC 670 Grant Writing:
Mechanics of proposal writing, including intangibles of the grant-seeker's art.

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT theory and case study

<strong>EDUC 651 Multicultural and Special Populations:</strong><br>Special concerns for working with people of various cultural, ethnic, exceptional, and special interest groups.
EDUC 651 Multicultural and Special Populations:
Special concerns for working with people of various cultural, ethnic, exceptional, and special interest groups.

MULTICULTURAL AND SPECIAL POPULATIONS

<strong>EDOD 673  Plan and Implement Change Interventions:</strong><br>Plan strategies and facilitate change interventions to improve organizational learning and performance.<br><strong>EDOD 675  Design, Develop, Implement Workplace Learning:</strong><br>Design, develop, and implement workplace learning and performance interventions drawing on foundational principles.<br><strong>EDOD 678  Assess Change Interventions:</strong><br>Assess and institutionalize change interventions to improve organizational learning and performance.
EDOD 673 Plan and Implement Change Interventions:
Plan strategies and facilitate change interventions to improve organizational learning and performance.
EDOD 675 Design, Develop, Implement Workplace Learning:
Design, develop, and implement workplace learning and performance interventions drawing on foundational principles.
EDOD 678 Assess Change Interventions:
Assess and institutionalize change interventions to improve organizational learning and performance.

ORGANIZATIONAL LEARNING

<strong>MGT 440 New Venture Management:</strong><br>Theories and skills necessary for managing startup and existing small firms.
MGT 440 New Venture Management:
Theories and skills necessary for managing startup and existing small firms.

NEW VENTURE MANAGEMENT

TWO WAYS TO EARN A MASTER'S DEGREE

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MASTER'S OF ARTS LEADERSHIP AND CULTURAL MANAGEMENT (M.A.L.C.M.):
Residential Program

Study arts management in Fort Collins, Colorado and surround yourself with a community that cares about the arts through wide ranging support. Learn from professors that are already working within the local arts field alongside students who are future arts leaders. Enjoy the vast offerings of events, openings, businesses, internships, organizations and arts incubators throughout Fort Collins.

Classes are mainly offered in the evening to accommodate a variety of student schedules. There is a schedule that will fit your needs.

MASTER'S OF ARTS LEADERSHIP AND CULTURAL MANAGEMENT: (M.A.L.C.M.)
Online Program

The flexibility of an online program gives students a chance to take classes at times that work for them. 100% online, this degree gives you the ability to stay where you are currently located and build your skill set without leaving your job or uprooting your family.

THE MASTER'S PROGRAM AT A GLANCE

Program Start Dates

  • Fall Semester
  • Spring Semester
  • Summer Semester

Timeline

  • 16 week semesters (Fall and Spring terms)
  • 12 week semester (Summer term)

Credits

  • Full time – 9 credits per semester and graduate in as little as 2 years
  • Part time – minimum of 3 credits per semester and graduate at your own pace

Master’s Degree Tuition

  • Residential: Visit the Financial aid site for up to date information

Online: $642 per credit

  • Includes Student Services
  • Fees assessed separately
  • Financial aid is available; eligibility determined on an individual basis

Flexibility Offered

  • Full or Part Time enrollment
  • Take classes that work for your schedule
  • Most classes offered in the evening for flexibility of schedules

Admission

  • No GRE or GMAT required
  • Online students may start in any semester
  • Residential students start in the fall semester

Faculty

  • Work with faculty who currently work in arts management

Format

  • Residential
  • Online
  • Hybrid

CURRICULUM

Electives
Electives are chosen by students as a way to enhance and supplement their individual interests and career goals.

You can choose from classes such as the ones that are offered below or find classes that you are interested in. You will work with our program advisor to have your electives approved for your course of study.

Creating and Managing a Career in the Arts


Contemporary Issues in Business


Cultural Resource Management


Museum Studies


Heritage Resource Management


Conflict management and communication


Information Technology and Project management


Human Resource Development


Multicultural and Special Populations


Financial Management – Theory and Case Studies


Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship


New Venture Creation

Core Classes
The Program of Study includes 23 credits within LEAP (Arts Management) and 9 credits of electives.

LEAP 500 Leadership in the Arts      3 credits
Theoretical and applied knowledge about concepts of leadership, leadership styles as applied to arts related organizations.

LEAP 600 Arts Policy and Advocacy      3 credits
Discussion of the role of artist as citizen and how we affect public policy.

LEAP 650 Arts Event Management      3 credits
Technical aspects of events, season and festival management for arts related organizations

LEAP 687* Internship    3 credits
Field internship at local, regional or national arts organization (45 hours per credit)

LEAP 692* Internship Seminar      1 credit

LEAP 660 Arts Collaboration and the Community      3 credits
Research, development and production of outreach projects; team projects for community engagement.

LEAP 670 Law and the Arts      3 credits
Examines the legal foundations of artistic creation including copyright, freedom of expression, public domain laws, and contract negotiation

*Students will take LEAP 687/692 twice during the course of their degree.