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Arts Management Graduate Certificate

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Certificate Overview Open Accordion

Gain skills to serve art organizations locally and nationally

Learn to help the creative economy thrive with specialized training in arts management and administration, including:

  • Arts leadership
  • Financial structures
  • Arts policy
  • Arts advocacy
  • Technology

Apply the practical skill set and leadership methods you learn to your position in the arts. Customize the program to fit your interests based on the elective courses you choose.

Discover how visual and performing arts help community building, civic development, and entrepreneurial art careers. Become an advocate for the arts and transform them for the benefit of all.

Study in a flexible, online format

Earn your graduate certificate from a respected, regionally accredited public research university in Colorado without traveling to a campus. Balance your academic studies with your personal obligations as you build career-applicable knowledge. Fit your advanced education into your life.

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.

Career Opportunities Open Accordion

Demand continues to grow for leadership opportunities in creative industries.

Advance your career in areas such as:

  • Performing arts
  • Culture and heritage
  • Music and film production management
  • Event management
  • Nonprofit organizations

Job titles may include:

  • Executive Director
  • Artistic Director
  • Program and Project Directors
  • 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
Faculty Open Accordion

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.

Michael Seman

Michael Seman - Director of Program

Dr. Michael Seman is an assistant professor of arts management at Colorado State University where he is also the director of the Arts Management program. Michael’s work examines issues in the creative economy, most recently the economic, cultural, and social impacts of music venues. The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, CNN, and regional media outlets often seek Michael’s perspective and insights. His work is published in various academic journals, edited volumes, CityLab, and most recently by the Brookings Institution; he has also co-authored music and film strategies and creative economy reports for the City of Denver and the State of Colorado. Michael also created the Music Venue Economic Impact Calculator for the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA). He previously managed daytime programming for two music festivals in Denton, Texas and spent several years as an internal marketing executive at Creative Artists Agency in Beverly Hills, California. He is represented by the Creative Class Group for speaking engagements.

Richard Andrews

Richard Andrews - Instructor

Richard S. Andrews is an author (Arts Entrepreneurship: Creating a New Venture in the Arts. Routledge, 2020) and an instructor at Colorado State University and UC Berkeley. From 1996 through 2021, he was Associate Director of the UC Berkeley Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT), a leading research and training laboratory focused on the creative interaction between music and science. He was also Executive Director of the Eco Ensemble, UC Berkeley’s professional new music chamber group dedicated to contemporary music by emerging and established composers. Richard has over 20 years of experience in arts management and specializes in fundraising, project management, marketing and organizational development. His research and teaching interests include arts entrepreneurship principles and practices in the U.S. and abroad, the creation of modern cultural policies in the U.S. and France, the intersection of government arts policy and arts management/arts practice, and the impact of public/private support for the arts. He has developed and taught courses at UC Berkeley, Colorado State University, the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI), the UC Paris Study Center, and the American University of Paris (AUP). He has presented workshops and lectures at the Savannah College of Art and Design, the Institute for American Universities, Parsons Paris, Arcadia University, San Francisco State University (SFSU), the University of San Francisco (USF), the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, SKEMA Business School, BESIGN/The Sustainable Design School, and the Université Côte d'Azur (UCA).

Emelie Borello

Emelie Borello - Instructor

Emelie Borello is an instructor at Colorado State University for the LEAP Institute for the Arts, as well as a recent graduate from LEAP Master’s program. She has a strong background in management, human resources, and project planning as well as a decade of experience as a director and designer in the local Fort Collins community theatre. In addition to teaching, Emelie is working to create collaborative arts projects within the community, and looking toward pursing a doctoral program in sociology of arts and celebration in the near future.

Sandy Ceas

Sandy Ceas - Instructor

I am considered a Social Practice artist who engages the culture through the arts to provoke social change. My entire career life has flourished from a deep psychological understanding of humanity, and how the creative arts can be a strong advocate for social justice. My art practice embraces this calling, and I teach this efficacy of art for cultural production at the college level. I have engaged with various cultures around the world using art engagement as a catalyst for breaking down barriers and encouraging healthy discourse towards a cause. This includes College Study Abroad encounters.

Zhanna Gurvich

Zhanna Gurvich - Instructor of Theater

Zhanna Gurvich is an award-winning designer and painter who has designed for theatre, dance, opera, and film at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Joyce Theatre, Chautauqua Opera, and the Juilliard Theatre. Ms. Gurvich’s favorite designs include Radiance for Axial Theatre Co., Hello and Goodbye for Rattlestick Theatre, Ladies in Retirement and Chaos Theory for Pulse Ensemble Theatre, The Most Dangerous Room in the House for The Susan Marshall Dance Company, Tears for Violetta and Tierra del Nadie for Ballet Hispanico, The Seagull, Man and Superman, and Three Sisters for Juilliard, In the Air and La Llorona for Stageplays Theatre, Hansel and Gretel for Chautauqua Opera, Ping Pong Diplomacy, Havana Bourgeoisie, and Billboard for Reverie Productions, and Luck for Epic Rep. Ms. Gurvich received an HOLA Award for Outstanding Set Design for her work on La Llorona. She has painted for Scenic Art Studios, Goodspeed Opera House, Virginia Opera, Dallas Theatre Center, Mannes Opera, and The Mint Theatre Company, including critically acclaimed portraits for Mary Broome and a mural for Black Snow. Ms Gurvich is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829 and holds a B.F.A. in Studio Art from Clark University, as well as an M.F.A. in Stage Design from Southern Methodist University, with a concentration in scenery and lighting design.

John Kuker

John Kuker - Instructor

John Kuker was born and raised in Texas and received his B.A. in Political Science from Texas A&M University. Prior to law school, Mr. Kuker was a lobbyist and government affairs professional with an international oil & gas concern in Houston, Texas. He came to Wyoming in 1997 to attend the University of Wyoming law school. While at the University of Wyoming, John was chosen as a member of the Wyoming Law Review. He also was a co-finalist in the annual Mock Trial Competition during his final two years of law school.

Following a summer clerkship with the Agricultural Commissioner of Texas in 1997, and a subsequent summer clerkship at Dray, Thomson & Dyekman, P.C, he joined Dray, Thomson & Dyekman P.C. as an attorney in 2000, wherein he practiced in the areas of business litigation, taxation and tax litigation, government affairs, business planning, estate planning, probate, construction, real estate, banking, creditors’ rights, international contract disputes, appeals, and administrative licensing issues. While at Dray, Thomson & Dyekman, John Kuker’s daily workload entailed analyzing everything from highly complex Wyoming severance tax appeals for oil & gas companies to international contract litigation to commercial disputes between small to mid-sized companies. John reluctantly left his colleagues at Dray Thomson after being offered a senior position with a boutique state tax litigation firm in Boulder, Colorado and New Orleans, Louisiana. At Oreck Bradley, John spent two full years exclusively litigating complex multimillion-dollar tax cases for Fortune 100 companies.

John Kuker then became a partner at Romsa & Kuker, LLC from 2005 to 2012, when he was then afforded the opportunity to form The Kuker Group, LLP in early 2013, which transformed into Overstreet, Homar & Kuker in early 2018. Mr. Kuker continues his practice in the business law arena and other areas mentioned above, and he has expanded it to include school district representation and more services as a mediator and public affairs professional. Mr. Kuker is also an adjunct professor at Colorado State University. When not at the office, John enjoys spending time with his wife Becca and their children Hayes and Bosley, as well as writing and playing music.

David Pyle

David Pyle - Instructor

David's 35-year career in the arts and business has been fueled by his education in music, painting, and chemistry. He's managed consumer brands in the artist's products category, serving as Director of Marketing for Winsor+Newton and then Brand Director for Liquitex. In 2000, his book, What Every Artist Needs to Know About Paints and Colors, was published by Krause. Over the last 15 years, he’s served as Publisher for the largest media brands in the fine art-making and crafting categories, most recently as Senior Vice President/Group Publisher with F+W Media managingThe Artist’s Magazine, American Artist, Watercolor Artist, Interweave Knits, Love of Quilting and, online,, ArtistsNetwork.TV, and and more.

Through it all he's continued to paint and he just finished a project with the Central City Opera as "Painter in Residence" for their 2021 season. In 2020, he left the corporate media world and launched a number of art-making initiatives, a new marketing services group called Pyle Creative Studio, and a series of educational resources for the art and science community.

Jack Rogers

Jack Rogers - Instructor

Jack has worked in the performing arts for over 24 years. During that time he has been an artist, and advocate, a tour manager, a festival producer, a venue director, and worn countless other hats. Jack received his BFA in Acting with a minor in dance and a concentration in music from Long Island University at CW Post. Jack has received multiple awards for his performance work both professionally and academically. He received his MPA in Nonprofit Management from Georgia State University. As an advocate, Jack served as Vice President of Programming for the Georgia Arts Network, the state’s official arts advocacy organization. Jack has served as a juror on programming committees for the City of Atlanta’s Office of Cultural Affairs, the Georgia Assembly of Community Arts Agencies, Georgia Presenters, and the Southern Arts Federation’s Performing Arts Exchange. Jack’s interests include multi-disciplinary collaboration, event management-safety and security, advocacy, and performing arts programming. Jack is a member of Actor’s Equity of America, Americans for the Arts, the International Association of Venue Managers, and the Western Arts Alliance. Jack currently provides administrative, artistic, and operational leadership to The Lincoln Center, a multi-venue events facility and Northern Colorado’s largest performing arts presenter.

Mike Solo

Mike Solo - Instructor

Mike Solo is the Creative Director in the marketing office of The School of Music, Theatre and Dance at Colorado State University. His degrees are in Design and Digital Media and he currently teaches Technology in the Arts and Creating your Arts Career for the Arts Management program.

Michelle Stanley

Michelle Stanley, D.M.A - Associate Professor

Michelle Batty Stanley is associate professor of music, flute at Colorado State University where she is also the director of the LEAP Institute, an arts management and program. Praised for her “fine breath control and offers subtlety in playing and a strong sense of the long, lyrical lines, Michelle is a performer of solo, chamber and orchestral music. She is a regular international artist and has enjoyed giving masterclasses from China to the U.S. She has performed in throughout the U.S. and in Russia, Japan, China, France, England, Scotland, Italy, Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary, and Russia. She is on the faculty of the Interharmony Music Festival in Italy.

Michelle is a regular performer in the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and is principal flute for the Pro Musica chamber orchestra and the Colorado Bach Ensemble and Festival. She was the second flutist/piccolo player with the Colorado Ballet Orchestra from 2008-2013. She has presented and performed for the National Flute Convention (2019 in Salt Lake City, 2018 in Orlando, 2017 in Minneapolis, 2016 in San Diego, 2012 in Las Vegas, 1999 in Atlanta), College Music Society Regional and National Conferences, Colorado Music Educators Association conference (2010, 2013, 2018, 2019), and Music Teachers National Association State and National conferences. She has performed at the Berkeley Early Music Festival, and spent five seasons as the second flutist with the Colorado Music Festival orchestra.

She has commissioned and premiered more than 20 works from composers throughout the United States. Her first CD of newly commissioned chamber music was released by Centaur Records in 2006 and her second recording of French flute music was released by Navona records in 2018. Michelle is the flutist in Quatra Duo, a flute and guitar duo that will be recording an album contemporary flute and guitar to be released by Navona records in 2020.

In addition to her active performing career, Dr. Stanley is the author of an online music appreciation textbook published by Great River Technologies called Music Appreciation: Successful Listening in All Music. This text is used at CSU for more than 3,000 students each year.

A strong advocate for the arts, Dr. Stanley was one of the founding creators of the LEAP Institute at Colorado State University. LEAP (Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Advocacy and the Public) is an interdisciplinary program that offers an undergraduate minor and a master’s degree in arts management. Director since August of 2018, Michelle is committed to helping LEAP thrive for its students.

Michelle received a M.M. and D.M.A. in flute performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder and received a B.A. in Music from the University of New Hampshire. She also attended Trinity College of Music in London where she studied with Anne Cherry.

Jill Stilwell

Jill Stilwell - Instructor

Jill has 25 years of experience in the public arts and culture sector. From 2003 to 2016, Jill was the Director of Cultural Services for the City of Fort Collins. In this role, she spearheaded Fort Collins’ first Cultural Plan and nominated the City for the 2011 Governor’s Arts Award, which the community received. She was proud to direct the Department’s two largest capital projects: the $8.4 million renovation of the Lincoln Center and the $27 million public/private partnership that is the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery.

Jill has facilitated large vision-oriented projects, like master plans and community cultural plans, but also enjoys the personal aspects of team building and board development. Jill shares her experience with others as an adjunct faculty member at the LEAP Institute for the Arts at Colorado State University and at Front Range Community College. She teaches courses in arts management and museum studies and learns as much from her students as they do from her. Jill also engages with her local community through activities like presenting at Start-Up Week.

Jill has a bachelor’s degree in fine art from Colorado State University and a master’s degree in art history and museum studies from the University of Denver. She is certified through the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) in planning effective public participation processes.

Curriculum Open Accordion

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

Required Courses:

Elective Courses:

Select 6 credits from the following:

Total Credits: 12

How to Apply Open Accordion

Application Deadlines

Fall: July 15
Spring: December 15

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1Review Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission, applicants must hold a bachelor's degree in any major from an accredited 4-year college or university, with a 3.0 GPA or higher, and must complete a graduate certificate application. International applicants must meet minimum TOEFL or IELTS scores.

Note: Meeting the minimum requirements does not ensure admission to the certificate program.

2 Complete Online Application

Complete the online graduate application and pay the nonrefundable application processing fee (payable online). As soon as you have completed the required information, please submit your application. Your application will not be reviewed until it is complete and all required materials have been received.

  • Choose “Arts Management (Certificate) – Distance” when choosing the Program of Study. (Note: You must first select "Certificate" at the top.)

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Request one official transcript from the institution where you earned your bachelor’s degree. Transcripts from Colorado State University are not required. Official transcripts can either be mailed in or sent as e-transcripts.

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Program Details

$661 per credit
Same in-state tuition for all.
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Certificate Awarded
Graduate Certificate in Arts Management
Time Frame
One year

Application Dates

Fall semester
July 15
Spring semester
December 15

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