The USC Thornton School of Music developed the Arts Leadership (ARTL) Graduate Certificate Program to address society’s many changes and their relation to the arts. The ARTL Program, which will begin in Fall 2013, helps current and future arts leaders find success in an environment in which old models no longer apply, innovation is constant, resilience trumps stability, and where personal creativity, courage, and sense of possibility are the keys to a rich and rewarding life in the arts.
The two-semester program is for artists, arts administrators and cultural workers who want to further develop the skills necessary to become successful leaders in the arts. It is designed for individuals engaged in any of the arts disciplines who recognize that the rapidly changing world of the 21st century requires a new set of leadership skills.
The program is highly individualized and student-centered in its approach, with simultaneous emphases on research, discovery, theory, and current practice. With strong faculty mentorship and guidance from the Director of the program and other working professionals in the field, students explore the dimensions of the most current issues and ideas while developing specific, real world applications of those ideas to their own practice as artists and leaders.