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Arts Management (Credit): Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do online courses differ from in-person courses?
Please visit for information about online learning at Purchase College. Be sure to review the checklist to determine whether or not you are a good candidate for online learning.

2. Can I complete the certificate program in person rather than online?
The required courses for the arts management certificate are also taught in person by members of the Arts Management Board of Study in the School of the Arts at Purchase College. A limited number of seats in these courses may be made available each semester for students pursuing the credit-bearing certificate program. If you are interested in taking these courses in person rather than online, please contact the School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education for more information.

3. Who teaches the online courses?
Online courses at Purchase College are taught by the same instructors who teach our in- person classes. Some even teach the same course online and in person in the same semester. Purchase College is dedicated to providing students with the best instructors, regardless of the method of delivery.

4. What are the requirements for the internship?
Students who take the credit-bearing certificate program in arts management are required to complete a 3-credit internship, which consists of at least 112.5 total hours of work (about 7.5 hours of work per week) at an arts organization during the fall, spring, or summer semester. In addition, students will also need to keep a weekly journal and submit a research paper based partially on their internship experience at the end of the semester.

If you need help securing an internship, you may use the services of the Career Development Center at Purchase College, including the JobScore online job search. You may also contact the School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education for assistance.

When you are ready to register for the internship, you must contact the School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education to complete the learning contract required for internships.

5. How soon can I earn the certificate?
The required coursework can be completed in three semesters, depending on the number of courses you wish to take each term. There is no time limit by which you must complete the requirements; most students enroll in one course each semester. The certificate is normally awarded within four weeks after the Certificate Request is received.

6. Can I substitute a course completed at another college for one of the required courses?
One transfer course will be accepted toward the certificate if it is deemed equivalent to a course in the required curriculum. You must send a request for transfer of credits with an official transcript and catalog course description to the School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education for review of the course.

7. How much does the certificate program cost?
Students pay the regular SUNY credit tuition and fees for credit courses.

Note: This certificate program is also offered on a noncredit basis at a reduced tuition rate. Please visit the noncredit certificate program site for details.

Updated Jan. 17, 2013

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