We provide new perspectives and approaches for the evolving field of arts and culture.
Content and structure
Studies in Arts Management, Society, and Creative Entrepreneurship include major courses in arts and society, cultural policy, strategic management and leadership, creative and cultural entrepreneurship as well as arts management research and methodologies. Students will also be given the opportunity for personal professional development.
Optional courses provide students with diverse opportunities to learn more about current issues in arts management, festival and event management, curating, production and co-creation, cultural heritage, popular culture, cultural project management, and the music business. Students can also earn credits by participating in professional projects and work placements.
Our students also have the opportunity to take courses from other departments within the Sibelius Academy, other Uniarts faculties, and different universities.
An integral part of the study program is a field trip that we organize to visit leading international arts organizations. It is usually a 7–10-day visit to a location chosen by the students, where they have the opportunity to meet, speak and share ideas with top-level arts managers and professionals.
The international and interdisciplinary Arts Management program was established in 1997 and continues to evolve, with the latest renewal due to take place in August 2021.
In 1991, Osmo Palonen, the founder of the Arts Management master’s degree program at the Sibelius Academy, started offering shorter courses on different topics for Finnish arts professionals. The visionary thinking of Palonen, alongside the brave decisions of the academy’s management, have got us to where we are today – we will soon be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Arts Management department.
During this time, many people have put a lot of effort and energy into keeping the program relevant and important, and we are very grateful to the former and current heads of the department: Osmo Palonen, Tuomas Auvinen, Samu Forsblom, Timo Cantell, Patrick Furu, Tanja Johansson and Violeta Simjanovska.
When it was founded, the ideology behind the Arts Management master’s degree program was to produce arts management professionals who would bring artists, audience,s and society together in a meaningful way that enriches people’s lives.
In the meantime, the world has changed tremendously; the program has always tried to address these changes and adapt to the current needs of arts professionals.
Today, we have a program that reflects and engages with current issues in the arts management field but also contributes to relevant academic knowledge and research. The renewed program that starts in 2021 will focus in particular on the relationship between the arts and society, emphasizing the importance of creative entrepreneurship. In addition, the program addresses issues such as art, ecology, and social justice as well as sustainability in arts and digitalization.