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Arts Extension Service

The Arts Extension Service is a national arts service organization offering arts management courses, workshops and trainings, research, consulting and publications at the University of Massachusetts Amherst since 1973.

Build measurable skills with the nation's leading provider of professional arts management, artist business, peer advising, and creative economy courses and trainings. Our classes, intensive training programs, and consulting services give you practical tools for more effective planning, implementation, and management of successful and sustainable artist businesses and arts programs.

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Arts Management Online Certificate Program

The Arts Extension Service has a national reputation and decades-long history as a trainer of professional arts managers. Our online courses — based on our authoritative text, Fundamentals of Arts Management — teach essential practices in areas critical for long-term organizational success. Whether you're a working manager, a key volunteer, or exploring the field of arts management, increase your capacity to run successful arts programs — without the time and expense of a long-term degree.

  • Core Certificate: Successfully complete four courses
  • Professional Certificate: Successfully complete eight courses
  • See the full list of Non-credit Courses, or Credit Courses
  • Affordable 12 weeks courses, 100% online
  • Exceptional Faculty, small class size
  • Save money with one textbook, additional readings embedded in the course

Bachelor's Degree in Arts Administration

The nation's only online Bachelor's Degree with a focus on Arts Administration through the University Without Walls (UWW) program! Contact UWW for details on how to earn your Undergraduate degree online: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 413-545-1378.

  • See the full list of Credit Courses
  • Earn Professional Development Credits or begin to build your Masters with our 500-level courses. Contact us for details: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 413-545-2360.

Training & Consulting


We wrote THE book on Arts Management! Our Fundamentals of Arts Management 5th Edition textbook is used by 45% of colleges and universities that offer arts management courses! Let our step-by-step workbooks, CDs and downloadable books help you develop successful arts and education programs and partnerships in your community.

Program funding: The programs of the Arts Extension Service are supported in part from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the UMass Arts Council.

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