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College of Extended Learning


This certificate includes one course per semester to allow students the flexibility to continue working in their current positions and take advantage of this professional development. Courses can be taken individually or packaged as a certificate upon successful completion.

You will gain access to online course material, interviews, virtual class sessions, professional mentorship, and more. All courses are taught with a view to both equity and sustainability.

Students should expect to commit at total of 45 hours of time on each course, and 15 hours for the Capstone Project.

Group online classes will occur every other Friday from 10 am - 11:30 am (Atlantic Time).

Introduction to Contemporary Arts & Cultural Management

An online overview of course content, facts and trends in the sector today will be complemented by a keynote address and panel discussion highlighting the Contemporary Canadian Issues in Arts and Culture in 2021.

Governance and Leadership (Fall Term)

Smiling woman

This course will overview governance best practices, strategic planning, and elements of leadership, and entrepreneurship, and:

  • Leadership & values
  • Management vs. entrepreneurship
  • Legal structures
  • Roles of Boards and Management
  • Strategic and Business Planning
  • Scenario Planning
  • Project Planning

Effective Operations (Winter Term)

A group of people working together

This course will investigate current elements of human resources management, legal and financial management, and digital practices for non-profits, including:

  • HR - the changing workplace
  • Labour relations in the arts
  • Legal - Contracting and intellectual property
  • Financial management
  • Budgeting, Forecasting, Cash flow and risk management
  • Financial statements and accounting
  • Technology essentials/Data literacy

Relationship and Revenue Management (Summer Term)

A team of people working on a project

This course will examine cultural policy and advocacy approaches, community engagement plans, arts marketing, and fundraising strategies, including:

  • Cultural Policy and the Public funding framework
  • Advocacy and Making the Case
  • Community Engagement and Network Building
  • Marketing Principles
  • Communications tools
  • Private Sector fund raising
  • Grantsmanship principles

Capstone Project (Summer Term)

Individual talking to a group

Students will use the knowledge gained from previous courses to develop and present a business plan for an arts organization.