First International Arts Management Master’s Degree Program Launched by Bocconi University Graduate School of Management in Milan, SMU in Dallas and HEC Montréal

Beginning Fall 2013, New Program Approaches Arts Management from a Global Perspective.

MONTRÉAL (HEC Montréal) — Southern Methodist University, Bocconi University Graduate School of Management and HEC Montréal will finalize an agreement on May 30 to launch a new 12-month International Arts Management Master of Management Degree (I.M.). Beginning in fall 2013, the new I.M. degree will be the first to focus on issues unique to international arts management and to approach arts management from a global perspective. The program includes one four-month session at each of the three partner universities and will prepare students to manage and lead international arts and cultural organizations.

“As arts and cultural industries grow increasingly interconnected and global in scope, our new I.M. degree responds to the heightened demand for a graduate program specializing in international arts management,” said Zannie Voss, chair of the Division of Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship at the SMU Meadows School of the Arts.

Coursework in the new I.M. program will be focused on international marketing of cultural industries, arts marketing, management of international cultural events, leadership in the arts, international law and the arts, strategy and governance of cultural organizations, cultural economics and the international art market, urban planning and cultural tourism, the international digital media market, as well as other areas of arts management. The three partner universities are each widely recognized for their existing programs in nonprofit as well as for-profit arts administration with courses addressing the unique challenges of leading arts organizations.

“Bringing together more than 50 full-time faculty members with expertise in arts management from three leading universities will give students access to an unparalleled pool of resources to create a foundation for their careers on the international cultural market,” said Professor François Colbert, holder of the Carmelle and Rémi-Marcoux Chair in Arts Management, HEC Montréal.

“There is no better way to learn to be an international arts manager than to be immersed in a variety of cultures,” said Stefano Baia Curioni, Associate Professor, Department of Policy Analysis and Public Management at Bocconi University.  “In the future, arts managers will be dealing with more international challenges, and this new degree is the only program in the world that specifically trains students to address these multicultural issues.”

For more information on the new I.M. program, visit


About SDA Bocconi School of Management

The leading School of Management in Italy and the only Italian School present in all of the most important International rankings (Financial Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Economist, Forbes), SDA Bocconi has established itself as a European leader in higher education.
SDA Bocconi School of Management is part of Università Bocconi, the first Italian University to grant a degree in economics. For over a century, Bocconi has played a leading role in Italy’s social and economic modernization. SDA Bocconi has been engaged in the promotion and organization of executive education since 1971, with an International approach.
The School’s vision of empowering life through knowledge and imagination lies behind its program offerings: Executive Education Open and Custom Programs, MBA and Master Programs, for the development of individuals, companies, institutions and economic systems. For more information, visit


About SMU’s Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship Program (Dallas)

The goal of the Meadows School of the Arts, as a comprehensive educational institution, is to prepare students to meet the demands of professional careers. It is also committed to providing an ongoing opportunity for all SMU students to grow in the understanding and appreciation of the arts. The Meadows School is a leader in developing innovative outreach and community engagement programs, challenging its students to make a difference locally and globally by developing connections between art entrepreneurship and change. The Master of Management in International Arts Management is the most recent addition to the Meadows School’s innovative arts administration programs.  More than 20 years ago, the Meadows School created the nation’s only dual-degree M.A./M.B.A. program in arts management in collaboration with SMU’s Cox School of Business. During the 2011-2012 academic year, Meadows introduced seven new interdisciplinary undergraduate minors, including programs in Arts Entrepreneurship and Arts Management. For more information, visit


About HEC Montréal

HEC Montréal, Canada’s first business school, celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2007. With its avant-garde approach and leadership, it maintains exacting standards of academic and scientific excellence in everything it does. HEC Montréal was the first school in North America to be awarded AMBA, AACSB International and EQUIS accreditation. HEC Montréal appears in the Top 100 business schools worldwide ranked according to their research publications in leading business journals between 2005 and 2009, according to a study by the University of Texas in Dallas. HEC Montréal’s MBA is ranked among the world’s best: Bloomberg Businessweek: 2004, 2006, 2010; Forbes: 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011; AméricaEconomía: 2009, 2010, 2012; Expansión: 2010, 2011, 2012; Corporate Knight: 2011; The Economist: 2006, 2011; Poets & Quants: 2011.  For more information, visit



Jacynthe Alain
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HEC Montréal
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Tel. 514 340-6298

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