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Arts Administration and Cultural Management

Credential: Ontario Graduate Certificate Program Code: 27551 Length: 3 semesters

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To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree or advanced diploma, preferably in arts, humanities, fine arts or performing arts

All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

Selection Includes Secondary Requirements:

Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated and the result of the evaluation of additional secondary requirements. Secondary requirements may include a portfolio, audition, letter of intent, references, etc., and vary by program. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission.

Post-Admission Requirements:

Students are required to own or have guaranteed access to an Internet-enabled personal computer in their place of residence. It is preferable that students have their own laptop to use, either PC or Macintosh.

Date Location Availability International Student Availability
September 2017LakeshoreOpenOpen

The 2016/2017 fee for three semesters was:

  • domestic $6,468.12
  • international $15,240.

Amounts listed were the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first three semesters of the 2016/2017 academic year. Fees are subject to change.

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Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

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Program Contact(s)

Anne Frost
Program Co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 3446


Domestic Students

North Campus
Humber Learning Resource Commons, 1st Floor

Lakeshore Campus
WEL 106

International Students

Phone 1-416-675-5067
Fax 1-416-675-6386

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In order to continue with your application for Arts Administration and Cultural Management, you must complete this step in the application process. Applicant selection is based on academic criteria and results of these secondary requirements. This contains all the information required to prepare and submit secondary requirements for consideration. If you have any questions, please contact Admissions.

Secondary Requirements

Applicants are required to submit a resume, cover letter and statement of interest.

i. Resume

Applicants must submit a detailed resume including education, work and/or volunteer experience, highlighting involvement in arts, culture or heritage organizations.

ii. Cover Letter

Applicants must submit a cover letter outlining their area of interest, career goals and expectations for the program.

iii. Statement of Interest

Applicants must submit an statement of interest which answers the following: 

  1. Describe your interest in working in either the government, not for profit or commercial sectors. 
  2. What are the position titles, roles or duties that you anticipate applying to following graduation from this program.

Submission Instructions

Applicants must submit the resume, cover letter and statement of interest through SlideRoom. SlideRoom is a secure site where secondary requirements are collected, scored and stored. Log-in to and create your free account. There will be additional instructions once your account has been created.

Applicants must meet both academic and secondary requirements in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility does not guarantee an offer of admission. 

All secondary requirements will be evaluated and a score will be calculated by the academic school.

Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Fees by Semester

Semester 1 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $3,014.06 $7,212.50
Tuition $2,510.55 $6,708.99
Mandatory Non-Tuition $503.51 $503.51
Lab/Materials $0.00 $0.00


Semester 2 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $3,014.06 $7,212.50
Tuition $2,510.55 $6,708.99
Mandatory Non-Tuition $503.51 $503.51
Lab/Materials $0.00 $0.00


Semester 3 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $440.00 $440.00
Tuition $440.00 $440.00
Mandatory Non-Tuition    
Lab/Materials $0.00 $0.00

*Plus Mandatory Health Insurance fee once per academic year: Fall start - $375 Winter start - $250 Summer start - $125

Our Program

Humber’s Arts Administration and Cultural Management graduate certificate program is for those who wish to combine their passion for the arts, culture and heritage with business acumen and management skills. This distinctive program promotes diverse, multidisciplinary performing and visual artistic expressions supported by organizational competence in revenue development (earned and contributed), management of human resources (artists, volunteers, companies), planning (financial, strategic, special events, career), and communications (multi-platform, digital, marketing). The program is situated within the creative milieu of Humber’s renowned programs in theatre, writing, visual and digital arts, music, photography, animation, television and film. The program’s hybrid components allow for flexible learning arrangements. Real-world experience is gained through varied field placements in commercial, government and not-for-profit arts and culture organizations, and collaborative capstone projects which demonstrate to employers the breadth of graduates’ abilities.

Courses Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  • Develop a historical perspective with regard to the development and impact of artistic activity in Canada.

  • Design and implement efficient box office eservices (including reservations and refund policies, ticket sales, staffing and customer services and inventory seat control), contract with touring companies for performances.

  • Design and produce exhibitions for galleries and museums including labelling, display and public education.

  • Plan, implement and manage fundraising activities to secure grant support from private foundations, corporations and government agencies.

  • Plan, implement and manage fundraising activities and practices of public relations and communications, particularly as applied to the field of the arts.

  • Develop a basic understanding of the negotiation and administration of arts contracts.

  • Design and implement effective marketing and promotion strategies.

  • Develop a wide range of basic administrative skills pertaining to human resources management, facilities management, organizational structure and internal relations and financial management.

  • Develop essential skills related to fiscal planning, management and control.

  • Communicate effectively in both written and spoken business communications.

  • Develop a wide range of skills pertaining to the establishment and effective management of volunteers and boards of directors.

  • Develop an understanding of the applications of microcomputers in the arts field, including word processing, financial records and reporting and ticketing.


Work Placement

Two guided field placements are highlights of the program, offering students relevant experience and the development of mentoring relationships. Students have participated in placements with more than 100 regional, national and international arts and culture organizations including The National Ballet; The Royal Conservatory of Music; The Stratford Festival; the Hockey Hall of Fame; and numerous galleries, theatres, concert halls, museums and festivals. Students are responsible, with assistance, for arranging their own field placement locations and terms, and for the completion of the required 420 hours.

Your Career

Our graduates have attained a variety of arts administration and cultural management positions in such organizations as Mississauga Arts Council, CARFAC Ontario, Theatre Ontario, ImagiNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival, Canadian Film Centre, Soulpepper, Theatre Passe Muraille, Canadian Opera Company, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Toronto International Film Festival and Toronto Dance Theatre.

The Humber Advantage

“One of the real strengths of the Humber program is getting to interact with creative minds from so many different art mediums... it also taught me a lot about what it takes to successfully plan and implement a project."
-Rachel Gauntlett

Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee helps ensure that Humber's Arts Administration and Cultural Management program is as current as possible.

Advisory Committee

Jason Aviss Toronto International Film Festival
Katherine Carleton Executive Director, Orchestras Canada
Demetra Christakos Executive Director, Ontario Association of Art Galleries
Kristian Clarke Executive Director, CARFAC Ontario
Sandy Crawley Periodical Writers' Association of Canada
Colin Druhan George Brown College
Kendra Fry Trinity St. Pauls United Church
Lauren Fulthorpe Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Warren Garrett Ontario Presents
Konrad Skorupa Cultural Development Officer, City of Toronto 
Dennie Theodore TD Bank

Read the Director's Message

I am thrilled to be able to welcome students back to Humber's Arts Administration & Cultural Management Ontario Graduate Certificate program.

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This valuable program was founded in 2000 by my colleague Jerry Smith, and ran until 2009 before a brief suspension.  We are now back in the Humber calendar, retooled for current employment conditions in our sector, including robust social media and pluralism & diversity content.  These new strands complement ongoing core curriculum in areas such as financial management; revenue development; human resources stewardship; cultural policy; planning and risk management; current software packages; marketing; and sectoral and career orientation.

Two faculty-supported field placements in the winter and spring/summer remain the program's most prized elements.  Students may pursue their own curiosity about working at a particular cultural organization, or they may seek faculty direction on opportunities that our networks can provide.

Most faculty members also work in the sector.  This ensures that our case study material is current and our peer relationships are available to motivated students.  Faculty aims, collectively, to build peer networks through this program - graduates may work for us or with us, in our sector, and on occasion, even hire us in return!

Humber's Arts Administration & Cultural Management students and around 165 graduates of the program provide vital links between art, artists, and audiences throughout the GTA and beyond. If this describes your passion, this is your place.

Anne Frost
Arts Administration & Cultural Management

Success Stories

Meghan Hunter-Gauthier

Meghan Hunter-Gauthier

Graduating Year: 2015
“The work placements, and connections I made though these opportunities, helped me to get into the workforce faster than I imagined."

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Vivia Kay

Vivia Kay

Graduating Year: 2015
"At Humber, I honed my diverse skill set and learned so much in a short period of time. I feel now like I could jump in anywhere and find my footing—the program concentrated on practical skills that I use every day now."

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Learn from Legends

Anne Frost

Anne Frost

Program Director, Arts Administration & Cultural Management
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Sue Edworthy

Sue Edworthy

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Charles C. Smith

Charles C. Smith

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Inga Untiks

Inga Untiks

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Heather Clara Young

Heather Clara Young

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