TU’s interdisciplinary arts, culture and entertainment (ACE) management degree features a curriculum based on management objectives while exploring the arts, public administration, financial management, entertainment and music industry, grant writing, programming and marketing theories. Students graduate with foundational knowledge in best practices and methods for managing arts, entertainment and nonprofit organizations and participating in entrepreneurship and advocacy. The program is ideal for students interested in working in and advocating for the arts and cultural and entertainment organizations through administrative, fundraising, marketing and operational roles.
The bachelor of arts in ACE Management is an interdisciplinary program that combines arts management, business, performing arts and an area of specialization in one of the following areas:
- Visual arts
- Performing arts
- Entertainment and commercial arts
- Cultural and public administration
A distinguishing factor of TU’s ACE Management program is the emphasis on applied learning. Students extend their classroom experiences with opportunities, such as practicums, semester-long internships, field trips, board leadership and the ACE Experience course for majors, which combines meetings with industry professionals, networking opportunities, student-initiated participation in community events and interdisciplinary discussions on leadership issues in the arts and related fields. ACE Management students are eligible for TU-funded experiences, such as Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge (TURC) and D’Arcy internships, as well as ACE Management-funded opportunities to be recognized as Judith and Jean Pape Adams scholars and to study and work in London as Kravis interns.
- 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.