HEC Montréal, SMU, and SDA Bocconi School of Management are accepting applications for the Master of Management in International Arts Management

Monday October 24, 2016

HEC Montréal and Southern Methodist University’s Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship division, in collaboration with SDA Bocconi School of Management, are now accepting applications for the fifth cohort of their joint Master of Management in International Arts Management (MMIAM) program, which will run from August 2017 to July 2018. This unique graduate degree is the first to focus on issues specific to international arts management and to approach arts management from a global perspective.

The intensive 45-credit program is offered in English and includes one four-month term at each of the three partner universities (in Montréal, Dallas and Milan), in addition to a 10-day session at the Universidad de los Andes School of Management in Bogotá, Colombia. Within the program’s first four classes, 18 nationalities were represented; in each class, students came from no fewer than six countries. The program prepares students to manage and lead international arts and cultural organizations. Merit-based scholarships are offered.

“The internationalization of markets is present in the cultural sector as in any other part of the economy. Arts organizations want to export their products. Managers must be prepared to help their company make this move to the international world. Working globally means adapting to others. We have built a program that puts the student in the position of experiencing other cultures, a program where they live not only an academic experience but also a cultural as well as a human experience,” says HEC Montréal Professor François Colbert, Holder of the Carmelle and Rémi Marcoux Chair in Arts Management and co-director of the program

Video: Difference between a traditional Arts Management program and the MMIAM program


The Master of Management in International Arts Management

Coursework focuses on international marketing of cultural industries, arts marketing, leadership in the context of cultural organizations, international law and the arts, information technologies for arts and culture, cultural economics and the international art market, fundraising in the arts, and new forms of innovation, as well as other areas of arts management. In-classroom coursework is further enhanced through visits to a range of arts organizations in each university’s surrounding region. The main objective of the international campus abroad at Bogotá is to explore the specificities of managerial processes involved in the cultural life of Latin America.

Each of the partner universities is widely recognized for its existing programs in nonprofit as well as for-profit arts administration, with courses addressing the unique challenges of leading arts organizations.

Canadian graduates of the MMIAM classes have gone on to excel in a range of arts leadership positions, for instance:

  • Laura Adlers of Toronto, Ontario, has been appointed Business Development Officer at Canadian Heritage’s International Partnerships Division in Ottawa;
  • Aude Gagnon-Raymond of Montréal, Quebec, is Director, Operations Support for the Touring Shows Division at Cirque du Soleil in Montréal;
  • Brendan Healy of Toronto, Ontario, is Artistic Director of the Magnetic North Festival in Ottawa;
  • Amanda Vojvodin of Windsor, Ontario, is Junior Manager of Marketing and Commerce at Louisiane Spa, HCP Group in Paris and Milan;
  • Derek Stevenson of Lethbridge, Alberta, is General Manager at the New West Theatre Society in Lethbridge.


Other graduates of the MMIAM classes hold such positions as support for the sponsorship, fundraising and social responsibility area at Bogotá’s Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo; Third Secretary of the Eurasia Division of the European Affairs Bureau at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Korea, Seoul; International Culture Projects Graduate at Red Bull in Salzburg, Austria; and Operations Coordinator and Box Office Manager at the Kennedy Theatre, University of Hawaii in Honolulu, to name a few.



About HEC Montréal

HEC Montréal is an internationally renowned business school, with over 13,000 students. Every year it trains more than 8,000 executives and managers. The School holds many prestigious accreditations and offers some 50 programs of study at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. It is one of the most active business schools in Canada in terms of research, with approximately 50 research units, including 27 chairs (six of which are Canada Research Chairs). With a faculty of 270, HEC Montréal offers programs in several languages and attracts students from 143 countries. Since its founding in 1907, the School has trained more than 82,000 students in all fields of management. hec.ca | Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn


About Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Art, Dallas

A nationally ranked private university with seven degree-granting schools, SMU is a distinguished center for teaching and research located in the heart of Dallas.  The Meadows School of the Arts, formally established at SMU in 1969 and named in honor of benefactor Algur H. Meadows, is one of the foremost arts education institutions in the United States. The Meadows School offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in advertising, art, art history, arts management and arts entrepreneurship, corporate communication and public affairs, creative computation, dance, film and media arts, journalism, music and theatre. 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. 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 Meadows School of the Arts is also a convener for the arts in North Texas, serving as a catalyst for new collaborations and providing critical industry research. For more information, visit www.smu.edu/meadows.


About SDA Bocconi, Milan

Founded in 1902, SDA Bocconi is part of Università Bocconi, the first Italian university to grant a degree in economics. It has played a leading role over the last century in the social and economic modernization of Italy. SDA Bocconi has remained true to its founding principles: it is a research institution with democratic values and is open to the world, as well as being financially and politically independent. SDA Bocconi is strongly engaged in management programs leveraging on Italian excellence (i.e.: arts, fine food, fashion and design). Visit www.sdabocconi.it.


Universidad de los Andes School of Management (UASM)

The Universidad de los Andes at Bogotá, which ranked 2nd in Latin America in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2013-2014, has developed its own educational project in order to help students achieve the highest standards in their disciplines and to contribute to cultural and economic development of the country. The institutional mission of the School of Management of Universidad de los Andes (UASM) is to educate and train leaders through the appropriation and generation of knowledge for the innovative and sustainable development of organizations. UASM holds the three most important international accreditations: AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA. For more information, visit https://administracion.uniandes.edu.co/index.php/en/.


Learn More

To register or to obtain further information, please log onto www.mm-iam.com. To learn more about the experiences of the first MMIAM graduating class, click here.


Contacts and Information:

Julie Lajoye
Media Relations Officer, HEC Montréal
514 340-7320


Victoria Winkelman
Director of Communications, SMU Meadows School of the Arts

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