In the Arts and Administration Program, master’s degree candidates select one of four concentration areas: Community Arts Management, Museum Studies, Performing Arts Management, and Arts in Healthcare Management. Upon successful completion of two specialized courses on research methods and design and the approval of a detailed research proposal, students are assigned a research advisor from the AAD faculty. Subsequent completion of the full research project and required final presentation typically takes at least two academic terms.
The Center for Community Arts and Cultural Policy (CCACP) at the University of Oregon is home to AAD student research. Electronic copies of all AAD master's theses, projects, and capstones are accessible via the CCACP website, as are recent issues of the Student Research Journal, which includes abstracts of these documents from the 2009-10 school year on.
- Emerging Leaders in the Arts Network (ELAN)
The Emerging Leaders in the Arts Network (ELAN) is a student-run professional development organization at the University of Oregon that cultivates leadership, dialogue, and engagement in the arts and culture community. ELAN is an affiliate of the Americans for the Arts' Emerging Leaders Network (the country's only graduate student chapter), and a member organization of the Associated Students of the University of Oregon (ASUO).
ELAN is committed to supporting AAD and UO students and alumni by promoting constructive dialogue in the arts community, organizing events, and cultivating collaborative relationships that reflect current students' interests. ELAN offers interidsciplinary opportunities to discuss, contemplate, explore, study, debate, and promote art, creativity, and culture. ELAN is a supplemental source of knowledge, exchange, dialogue, and professional development, extending ideas and conversations generated in classrooms, lectures, employment, internships, and life experiences.
For information about ELAN, please visit their webpage.
- Student Advisory Group (SAG)
The Student Advisory Group is dedicated to giving AAD students a voice in the policies and procedures affecting their education, working to foster a positive environment within the department by providing ongoing support to students and serving as a bridge between students and Program faculty, staff, and administration. The SAG was established to provide students with an effective channel for offering input and feedback to faculty and staff on curricular and extracurricular matters within the program. SAG representatives serve as liaisons between the department and student body, representing the expectations, evaluations, suggestions, and satisfactions of their peers, and acting as advocates for them in ongoing interactions with faculty.