During this course students will immerse themselves in international arts management strategies in Paris, France and London, United Kingdom. Students will gain a historical and cultural understanding of the diverse organizational styles found in various arts management organizations in both regions and their continuing impact on the performing and visual arts throughout the world. Our time abroad will include meetings with top arts managers and executives, policy experts, marketing and outreach directors, heritage and tourism officials, entrepreneurs, and artists; on-site observations and exclusive guided tours.
Class activities may include (but are not limited to): meetings, performances, and tours with the Paris Opera House and the Opéra Bastille, Rodin Museum, Centre Pompidou, Musee D'Orsay, Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, Eiffel Tower, Trocadéro, Champs de Mars, and the Sacre Couer. In London, we will explore the Victoria & Albert Museum, Tate Museum, British Museum, Sir John Doane Museum, British Library, National Theatre of England, The Globe Theatre, The Place (Dance), St. Martin-in-the-Field, the Southbank Arts Centre, and several West End Theatres. Optional Trips may include Hogwarts in the Snow at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter and a tour of Versailles.
Arts policy and funding models will be examined through meetings with organizations such as: UNESCO, The British Council, VisitBritain, The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport in the UK, Ministry of Culture & Communication in Paris.
Our itinerary will be structured to allow students to explore additional arts venues and events according to their individual areas of interest and the surrounding regions during scheduled open time.
Anyone interested in learning more about international arts policy, marketing, fundraising, tourism management, and cross-disciplinary approaches to the arts will love this course!
- Meet with leading arts managers and executives, policy experts, marketing and outreach directors, heritage and tourism officials, entrepreneurs, designers and artists; on-site observations and exclusive guided tours.
- Topics that will be explored include: economic drivers in the arts, marketing and community outreach, policy and fundraising strategies, the impact of Brexit on the arts, and day-to-day arts management and cultural relations challenges in both regions.
This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students including students who do not attend George Mason University. Undergraduates must have completed the course work to have standing of an incoming Senior. Graduate students must have completed 9 hours of graduate course work.
Minimum undergraduate GPA: 2.25
Minimum graduate GPA: 3.0
All students will be enrolled in one 3-credit course.
Anticipated Course Options*
- Arts Management - AMGT 599: Directed Study Abroad
*Subject to change. Course offerings will be finalized by the application deadline.
January 2 - January 18, 2019
||Students arrive in Paris; Orientation and welcome dinner
||Morning: Sightseeing cruise on the Seine
Afternoon: Tour of Paris Opera House and backstage tour of Opera Bastille.
Evening: Ballet performance at Paris Opera House/Opera Bastille.
||Morning: Meeting with the Ministry of Culture & Communication.
Afternoon: Explore the Louvre and surrounding area.
||Morning/Afternoon: Hop On/Hop Off bus ticket to explore Notre Dame Cathedral, Eiffel Tower, Trocadero
and the Champs de Mars areas. Evening: Dance or theatre performance (TBD).
||Open day for sightseeing in Paris.
||Morning: Meet with staff at UNESCO.
Afternoon: Meeting with staff and tour of Rodin Museum.
||Morning: Meet with staff and tour of Musee D'Orsay.
||Morning: Check out of Paris hotel and travel to London.
Arts Observation assignment due: Oral presentations during travel to London.
Afternoon: Meet with staff at Arts Council England
||Morning: Visit and backstage tour of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.
Afternoon: Seminar on Audience Engagement with Globe Higher Education staff.
Evening: Performance at Globe Theatre
||Morning: Visit the Victoria & Albert Museum and take the "Discover the V & A Tour" with lead tour guide and
lecturer Anne Haworth (with discussion to follow).
Evening: Visit the National Portrait Gallery "Late Shift"
||Morning: British Library Tour (optional self-tour)
Afternoon: Tour the British Museum (self-tour)
||Morning: Visit to Camden Market (optional)
Afternoon: Attend West End matinee performance (TBD)
||Morning: Meet with staff at the British Council
Afternoon: Meet with UNESCO in the UK staff, meet with staff and tour The Place
Evening: Attend dance performance at The Place (TBD)
||Morning: Meet with staff at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Support (DCMS)
Afternoon: Meet with staff and tour the Southbank Centre
Evening: Southbank Centre performance (TBD)
||Morning: London Art Fair at Business Design Centre (optional)
Afternoon: Royal National Theatre Tour
Evening: Performance at National Theatre (TBD)
||Optional excursion: Harry Potter/Warner Brothers Studio Tour
Afternoon: Hogwarts in the Snow at Warner Brothers Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter
||Students return to U.S.
* Dates and itinerary subject to change. The Global Education Office reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, and/or any other unforeseen circumstances.
Winter 2019: coming soon!
Included: Tuition for 3 credits, double or triple occupancy in hotels, daily breakfasts, welcome and farewell dinners, guided tours and visits as described in itinerary, local transportation via Travel Card in Paris and Oyster Card in London, hop on/hop off bus tickets, transportation between Paris and London, performance tickets as described in itinerary, international emergency medical insurance.
Not included: Airfare*, passport and visa fees, some meals, personal spending, required textbooks and/or course materials, optional performance tickets or tours. *Note: Participants must arrange their own airfare once instructed to do so by the Mason Global Education Office.
Students on MasonGEO programs must pay the advertised program cost in order to participate. This cost will be made in three payments (Deposit + First Payment + Final Payment). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments.
Application Deposit: A non-refundable program deposit $200 must be received by the application deadline. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee.
First Payment: A non-refundable payment of $1000 must be received by October 21, 2018 in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.
Final Payment: The final balance payment is due by November 11, 2018. This is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $1200 you've already paid (Deposit + First Payment). Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.
Financial Aid and VA Benefits: Students who intend to use financial aid or VA benefits to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the "Intent to Use Financial Aid" or "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form" completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the First Payment deadline. The "Intent to Use Financial Aid" form is available in the MasonAbroad application system once you have started your application for this program. If you are using VA Benefits please contact your program officer to request the "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form."
For more information on payments, financial aid, and information for non-Mason students:
GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students on this program are welcome to apply:
Sunday, October 7, 2018
Program Deposit: $200 for all applicants.
Course Selection Questionnaire: You will choose the course(s) you would like to be receive credit for on this program. Check the "Academics" tab to see what courses are offered on this program. If you need help selecting your course, check with your academic advisor.
Passport Status Questionnaire: You do not need a passport to complete this questionnaire or the application. However, if you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now. The Global Education Office offers Passport Grants to help.
Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents regarding the acknowledgement of risk, the pre-departure orientation, and your financial responsibility.
Intent to Use Financial Aid Form: For Mason students only. If you use financial aid, this form must be completed by your financial aid counselor and submitted by the 1st payment deadline.
Additional requirements for non-Mason applicants:
Official transcript: To be mailed or emailed to the Global Education Office at George Mason University.
Non-degree Contract Course/Admission Form: Please complete the form and upload it into the questionnaire.
* Additional application requirements may apply to individual programs. Once you open your application, you will see all application requirements.