The field of arts management offers a wide range of career opportunities in arts organizations and arts-related businesses. Many students earn a degree in this area with intentions of pursuing graduate study in arts management. The program is ideal for students interested in advocating for the performing and visual arts through administrative, fundraising, marketing and operational roles.
The bachelor of arts in arts management is an interdisciplinary program that combines arts management, business, performing arts and an area of artistic specialization in art, film, music or theatre. The degree prepares students for careers in arts organizations and arts-related businesses, or for graduate study in arts management. Students are required to complete practicums and internships for practical application of the concepts and techniques that they learn in the classroom, culminating in a senior project. Semester internships may be arranged locally, regionally, nationally or internationally. Students must also fulfill the course requirements for a certificate or minor in advertising.
TU’s arts management degree features a curriculum based on nonprofit management objectives while exploring the arts, public administration, financial management, grant writing and advertising theories. Students graduate with foundational knowledge in best practices and methods for managing arts organizations and foundations.
- Explain the core business functions and impacts of arts organizations (such as finance, marketing, economic and social development, entrepreneurship, social justice, and technology) in at least one area of the arts and apply their knowledge to new contexts
- Demonstrate clear, precise written and oral communication as well as interpersonal and professional skills, such as connecting with new networks, informational and professional interviewing, and working with others to realize common goals.
Typical Four Year Schedule
FRESHMAN – FALL SEMESTER FRESHMAN – SPRING SEMESTER Arts Experiences Arts Experiences Exposition & Argumentation Arts Practicum I Beginning I Language First Seminar Block I: Aesthetic & Creative Experience Beginning II Language Block II: Historical & Social Interpretation Block I: Aesthetic & Creative Experience College Experience Contemporary Mathematics or Statistics SOPHOMORE – FALL SEMESTER SOPHOMORE – SPRING SEMESTER Arts Experiences Arts Experiences Arts Practicum II Arts Practicum III Intermediate I Language Intermediate II Language Block II: Historical & Social Interpretation Block III: Scientific Investigation with Lab Block III: Scientific Investigation Intro to Management Info Systems Introduction to Spreadsheets Advertising Course/Elective Specialization Track* Advertising Course/Elective Specialization Track* JUNIOR – FALL SEMESTER JUNIOR – SPRING SEMESTER Arts Experiences Arts Experiences Introduction to Arts Organizations Arts Administration I Block II: Principles of Economics I Block II: Principles of Economics II Communication course Communication course Advertising course Advertising Course/Elective Specialization Track* Advertising Course/Elective Specialization Track* SENIOR – FALL SEMESTER SENIOR – SPRING SEMESTER Arts Experiences Arts Experiences Arts Administration II Arts Internship II Arts Internship I Advertising course Law & Not-For-Profit Organizations Advertising Course/Elective Specialization Track* Advertising Course/Elective Specialization Track* Senior Seminar
*Elective Specialization Track: Students need six courses (18 hours) of the Elective Specialization Track and five courses (minimum) for an Advertising Minor.
Provides an interdisciplinary program in arts management, business, performing arts and an area of artistic specialization in art, film studies, music, or theatre.
Contact the Director of the Program
Meet Director of the Arts Management program and Associate Professor of Art History Kirsten Olds.