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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.

Mature Applicants

An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older (21 or older for degree programs) as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U level or equivalent.

College Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber will use your college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.

University Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber will use your university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.

Selection Includes Additional Requirements:

Admission is based on the academic criteria indicated and the result of the evaluation of additional requirements which may include a portfolio, audition, letter of intent, reference, etc. These 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 2018LakeshoreOpenOpen

The 2017-2018 fee for 3 semesters was:

  • domestic: $6,512.62
  • international: $16,025.00

Fees are subject to change.

Fees by Semester 


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



International Students

Phone 1-416-675-5067

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Applications to Humber are made through Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program. To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber's program pages or

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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 additional requirements. This contains all the information required to prepare and submit additional requirements for consideration. If you have any questions, please contact Admissions.

Additional Requirements

Applicants are required to submit a resume, cover letter and attend an information

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.

Include in your letter:

  • Whether you are interested in working in either the government, not for profit or commercial sectors;
  • Examples of position titles, roles or duties that you anticipate applying to, following graduation from this program.

iii. Information Session

Applicants are required to attend an information session. This information session is a requirement as Arts Administration and Cultural Management is a program that relies highly on group work, collaboration and interaction within the classroom environment.

Registration Instructions

Applicants must register to attend this admissions event. Log-in to MyHumber to register:

  1. Log-in to MyHumber
  2. Select the Applicant tab
  3. Select the Applied Programs tab
  4. Select your Year and Applicant Number from the drop-down menu, then click Submit
  5. Click on “Do I Have Any Missing Requirements”
  6. Click on “Go to Events” (located under the “Link” section, near the bottom right of the page)
  7. Choose from a list of available assessment dates and follow the prompts

Submission Instructions

Applicants must submit the resume and cover letter through SlideRoom prior to the interview. 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.

All additional 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 1Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45


Semester 2Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45


Semester 3Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$0.00$0.00

*Plus Mandatory Health Insurance fee once per academic year: Fall start - $420 Winter start - $280 Summer start - $140

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 offer 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; The Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts; 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

Student Success Stories

Rachel Gauntlett

“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

Our Faculty

All of our faculty has substantial industry experience.

Anne Frost Sue Edworthy Charles Smith

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

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

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