Advance your career in the arts with an Ivy League certification through the 8-month online and in-person Executive Program in Arts and Culture Strategy.

We’ve partnered with the University of Pennsylvania to build an actionable, skills-based curriculum at a uniquely affordable price. You’ll learn online at your own pace and join us for two short in-person gatherings to take your learning to the next level.

University of Pennsylvania faculty, the NAS team and some of the best and brightest leaders working in the field come together to give you tested tools, frameworks and expert industry knowledge to help you develop your understanding of the business side of the arts and culture sector.

You will build your professional networks and form lasting relationships with a diverse community of arts leaders around the world. As a cohort, you will reinforce each other’s personal and professional growth. Together, you will learn to lead with confidence.

Program Schedule


Opening convening: March 8-11, 2017
University of Pennsylvania

Online learning: January – August 2017

Closing convening: August 30-31, 2017
University of Pennsylvania


Who Should Apply

The Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy is intended for early to mid-career professionals in the arts and culture sector, as well as those seeking to enter the sector. We are looking for curious, open and driven individuals who are searching for the tools and frameworks to help them navigate and move forward in their careers.

We seek to build a diverse cohort from all artistic disciplines and geographic locations. The objectives of our admissions process are to craft a community of learners and ensure that there is a fit between your personal and professional objectives and what the program has to offer.

No prerequisites in education or otherwise are required. All interested applicants looking to advance their career in the arts are invited to apply.

Program Cost

The fee for this eight-month program is $4,950.

Reduced fees are offered for organizations who want to send teams (2+ people) to participate.

What Our Students Are Saying

 “I am walking away with a sense of confidence to be able to lead in an effective way.”

LaMar Bagley
Program Coordinator for the Arts
The SEED Public Charter School

"I didn’t want to go for two years and do a Master’s program and come out trying to find the job I already had. I was looking for a middle ground. It turned out there had been a gap in the level of engagement, time commitment and cost – then this program popped up to fill the sweet spot that I was looking for.”

Anne Shulock
Chief of Staff
San Francisco Art Institute