February 9, 2012
HEC Montréal will be launching a new graduate program starting in fall 2012: a Master of Management (MM) of Cultural Enterprises. The new degree is an extension of the Graduate Diploma in Management of Cultural Organizations that has been offered at HEC Montréal for nearly 25 years already. In future, graduates of the Specialized Graduate Diploma – a short, 30-credit program – will be able to continue their studies in the new program, under certain conditions, and earn a Master’s degree after completing just 15 more credits.
The academic supervisor for these graduate programs, Professor Renaud Legoux, is delighted with this new option for young managers in the arts and culture: “In recent decades, HEC Montréal has played a key role in making the role of cultural managers more of a profession, and has developed enviable expertise in the overall area of arts management. With this new program, students will now have access to an increasingly valuable trump card in their field, i.e. a Master’s degree.”
The Graduate Diploma in Management of Cultural Organizations and the Master of Management of Cultural Enterprises are professional, practice-based programs that focus on the specific needs of the field and its particular issues. The learning environment is enriched by contacts among students, most of them employed in the culture industry, and with professors and lecturers, also mainly from this field, who share their extensive knowledge of cultural industries and organizations. It is a true mosaic, drawing students with backgrounds in film, music, art history and sociology, theatre, dance, visual arts, cultural entertainment and education, archaeology and library science, among others.
Professor François Colbert and the Carmelle and Rémi-Marcoux Chair in Arts Management, which he directs and with which some twenty professors are now associated, have been the driving forces behind the development of expertise in arts management at HEC Montréal. The Chair offers cultural management seminars for executives, produces textbooks, publishes the scientific International Journal of Arts Management and co-organizes the major biennial conference of the International Association of Arts and Cultural Management (AIMAC), among other activities.