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Arts Administration – New for Fall of 2018

Bachelor of Arts Degree

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Arts Administration is centered around a comprehensive studio art or music-based curriculum and complemented with a thorough core of business administration coursework. While all students choose a concentration in either fine arts or music, in which they emphasize study of the histories particular to their concentration, the program’s curriculum relies on the inter-relatedness of all art forms and histories – pairing the study of history of visual art with the history of music. This gives students a complex and robust understanding of the arts, not just in modern practice, but as traditions that have always emerged alongside and integrated with each other. In addition to this professional art or music core of coursework, students complete a scaffolded sequence of studio art or music courses, in conjunction with the concentration they have chosen, and have multiple opportunities to produce and exhibit the art or music they make in this program.

Coupled with their educational and studio experiences in art or music, students in this program complete a study in business administration practices critical to work in nonprofit arts communities, such as accounting, management theory, economics, marketing, nonprofit management, and business law. Additionally, all students majoring in Arts Administration complete at least one internship in a nonprofit arts organization – a museum, a performing arts organization, an educational arts institution, a gallery, a summer theater or music festival, etc.

The Arts Administration degree provides students a rich blend of theoretical and practical knowledge in order to launch them into career opportunities in the nonprofit arts sector.

Arts Administration Program Objectives
Graduates in Arts Administration will be able to:

  1. Develop knowledge of the theories, skills, and practices across their selected major coursework (visual art, music, finance, marketing, etc.).
  2. Develop and produce visual art or music that demonstrates applications of theories, skills, and practices.
  3. Perform or display original work to audiences in appropriate/professional venues.
  4. Complete a minimum of one internship experience.
  5. Produce a polished and cohesive body of work through a capstone portfolio.
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