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The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s (SAIC) Master of Arts (MA) in Arts Administration and Policy program provides a teaching and learning environment in which the role of the administrator and manager is understood as critically engaged and proactive. Our approach studies the role that institutions and policies play in shaping culture, through analyses of concrete practices and examples.

The MA in Arts Administration and Policy program encourages students to think beyond existing institutional and policy structures and assumptions and to work flexibly in a dynamic cultural and institutional landscape. The program works from a conviction that neither the short-term interests of policymakers nor the theoretical debates of the academy should circumscribe cultural policy studies and that neither should exist absent from knowledge of and interaction with artistic practice and public debate.

SAIC’s MA in Arts Administration and Policy program emphasizes hands-on work in professional situations. Students plan their studies around their professional goals, culminating in a thesis. Interactions and practical experiences are actively encouraged and are facilitated through coursework in the management studio sequence, critical and leadership studies curriculum, and Proseminar 1 and 2 with a series of invited, distinguished guest lecturers.