Arts Leadership


USC’s Arts Leadership program (ARTL) is a unique, innovative graduate program for artists, arts administrators and cultural entrepreneurs who want to expand their personal vision and develop the ability to create a life and a career for themselves in the nonprofit arts.

While it is housed in the USC Thornton School of Music, ARTL is deliberately multi-disciplinary in its character. The curriculum and degree tracks are relevant to both early and mid career individuals engaged in any of the arts disciplines, who recognize that the rapidly changing world of the 21st century requires a contemporary approach to the very idea of arts leadership. The program is highly individualized in its approach with equal emphases on theory and practice. It draws on the significant resources of the arts schools of USC as well as the extraordinarily vibrant arts environment of Los Angeles to create a robust educational experience unavailable anywhere else. Close faculty mentorship and guidance from the director of the program as well as working professionals in the field are a hallmark of this unique program. Graduates of this program often create and lead their own ensembles, programs and arts organizations in Los Angeles and elsewhere.

ARTL is available as a one-year Graduate Certificate program through the Thornton School of Music, or a two-year Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree conferred by the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy.

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Thornton faculty member Dana Gioia defends the NEA in LA Times Op-Ed

February 28, 2017

California Poet Laureate and USC Thornton Arts Leadership faculty member Dana Gioia outlined the remarkable successes of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and challenged arguments to defund the organization in a recent Los Angeles Times Op-Ed. Gioia, who was twice unanimously confirmed by the Senate to lead the… read more

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