Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE)

The Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE) is a membership organization representing the world’s leading graduate and undergraduate arts administration programs – all training and equipping students earning an arts administration degree in arts leadership, management, entrepreneurship, cultural policy, and more.

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Market your program to prospective students, employees or audiences, and tap into AAAE’s global network of practitioners and resources to enhance your work.

Educators & Professionals

Network with colleagues in the field, explore job and fellowship opportunities, access resources such as research on trends and best practices, and much more!


Learn about Arts Administration and the career opportunities it can offer, and explore opportunities for study.

Find your Future in Arts Administration

Dancers Among Us - by Jordan Matter

Find your Future in Arts Administration

“Dancers Among Us” (Chicago) by Jordan Matter

What is Arts Administration?

Arts Administration is a field of study that provides graduates with the tools to create, develop, facilitate and evaluate arts and cultural programs and organizations. The field was established in response to an ever-growing demand for leadership and organizational acumen within arts and cultural organizations. Arts administrators bridge the artistic world and creative industries with applied managerial, financial, and programmatic skills.

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Frequently asked Questions

An education in arts administration can serve as the conduit to a wide variety of career paths. As this innovative field continues to evolve, new career options are surfacing and a wider array of employers are seeking to hire creatives. This list is intended to serve as a general guide to potential careers and employers for the field of arts administration.

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Our directory of academic programs in arts administration includes over 100 programs across the globe. Filter or search by keyword to find opportunities that fit your needs — from undergraduate and graduate degree programs to certificates and even online offerings. No one program is right for everyone, so take the time to learn about and compare schools, get to know the faculty, consider the kinds of career and training opportunities that you might find nearby, and find out what alumni from these programs have achieved as you explore the possibilities.

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The Association of Arts Administration is a unique service organization that serves the field of arts administration and arts administration education. We partner with several different regional, national, and international organizations in different disciplines of art, arts and cultural management, and education. Below is our list of partners in the arts administration field.

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The mission of AAAE is to advance an inclusive, equitable, and resilient environment for the arts by supporting arts administration education faculty and programs and serve as a hub for knowledge. We want to answer your questions about arts administration! Fill in your information in the fields to the left and someone will answer your inquiry as soon as we can.