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 take courses on strategy, financial management, fundraising, business models, impact measurement, marketing, governance, community development and more. 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


Early Decision Application Deadline: August 20, 2017

Application Deadline: October 15, 2017

Opening Convening: March 2018
University of Pennsylvania | Philadelphia, PA

Online Learning: January – August 2018

Closing Convening: August 2018
University of Pennsylvania | Philadelphia, PA


Who Should Apply

You are:

  • An early to mid-career professional (at least 3 years of experience) in the arts and culture sector
  • Or, seeking to enter the sector
  • Curious, open and driven
  • Searching for tools and frameworks to help you navigate and move forward in your career

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.

Scholarships valued at $2,450 are available based upon need and potential impact. You must apply by the early decision deadline of August 20, 2017 and complete a separate scholarship application in order to be considered for this award.

Complete the Scholarship Application


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

Attend an Info Session

Thursday, July 6 at 12:30pm ET
Wednesday, July 26 at 3:30pm ET
Wednesday, September 6 at 12:30pm ET
Thursday, September 28 at 3:30pm ET