The Arts and Cultural Heritage Management (ACHM) graduate certificate program is currently accepting applications for entry into the program beginning in January, 2018. 

The Arts and Cultural Heritage (ACHM) Graduate Certificate is an excellent stepping stone for emerging and mid-career professionals who are seeking advanced learning and practical experience in fields related to arts and cultural heritage management.  The certificate is management-oriented and skills-based and designed to support the professional development of persons who are active or interested in leading arts and cultural heritage programs and organizations in a variety of roles -- as artists, program administrators, civic leaders, public policy advocates, historic preservationists, and volunteers.  Metropolitan State University's ACHM certificate can be completed as a stand-alone credential or as a supplement to a master's program.  It is a strong professional development option for: 

  • Recent undergraduates in creative, technical, and management-related fields who want to gain specialized experience in the arts and cultural heritage sector;
  • Currently enrolled Metropolitan State University graduate students in the following programs;
  • Professionals currently working in arts and cultural heritage organizations who are looking to build their resume and skills;
  • Volunteers and board members who contribute to the Twin Cities' creative economy and are looking for ways to deepen their service to arts and cultural organizations.

One of the fastest growing forms of post-secondary credentialing in the United States, graduate-level certificates such as Metropolitan State University's ACHM offering is an economically-sound option for professionals who want to enhance their skills and professional expertise and boost their career advancement.

The key curricular components of Metropolitan State's Arts and Cultural Heritage Management (ACHM) Graduate Certificate include 4 core courses and a student-designed practicum experience.

ACHM Core Courses

The 4 required core courses explore areas central to arts and cultural heritage management and provide a well-rounded foundation for professional work. Each core course focuses on arts and cultural heritage management essentials, with readings and assignments tailored to this specialized sector.   The 4 core courses required for successful completion of the ACHM graduate certificate are:

  • ACHM 650:  Grants and Contract Management for Arts and Culture(4 credits) *
  • ACHM 660:  Marketing and Communications in Arts and Culture (4 credits)
  • ACHM 670:  Value and Valuation Management (4 credits)
  • ACHM 680:  Leadership, Partnership and Infrastructure Management (4 credits)

*  ACHM 650:  Grants and Contracts Management will be offered in Spring 2018. 

Student-designed Practicum

All students in the ACHM program are required to supplement and expand their classroom learning through a student-designed practicum experience.  The practicum is a way to provide students with in-depth, first-hand experiences in arts and cultural heritage management.  Practicum sites can include (but are not limited to):  community-based arts organizations, museums, galleries, historical societies, and state arts agencies.  Students design their practicum around their own areas of interest and needs, and are supported by faculty and advisors in determining and selecting an appropriate practicum placement.