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Arts Management Program

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.

Program Objectives
  1. Students will acquire knowledge and skill in at least one field of the arts (visual art, music, theatre, or film) and an overview of the other art areas.
  2. Students will attain an understanding of arts organizations and knowledge of the business and administrative tools and functions required for arts management.
  3. Students will acquire practical experience and knowledge in working with arts organizations and institutions.
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.

Major

Arts Management, B.A.

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.