Arts Administration Minor

Program Overview

Arts administration combines passion for the arts with the business know-how that keeps the arts an active and integral part of communities. A wide variety of opportunities abound for satisfying and rewarding careers in managing the arts, whether in the growing nonprofit sector or in for-profit entertainment, including: entertainment law, venue management, artist management and representation, producing, producing management, stage management, touring management, fundraising, marketing, educational programming, artist research and development, advocacy, policy development, outreach and gallery management. 


Ivan Fuller
Chairperson, Fine Arts Department

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Associated Department: Department of Fine Arts

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Requirements for the Minor

Required Courses
AAD 121Intro to Arts Administration3
AAD 202Commun/Marketing in Arts3
AAD 204Arts Outreach & Education3
or AAD 350 Arts Venue and Patron Services Management
AAD Electives6
Select two of the following:
Arts Fundraising
Arts Outreach & Education
Arts Practicum I - Patron Service
plus 1 Production Tech Credit in Musical Theater, Theater or Dance
Business and Art of Recording
Touring and Production Management
Legal Aspects of the Arts
Arts Events & Festivals Mgt
Arts Venue and Patron Services Management
Crossing Cultural Borders
Special Topics: Arts Admin
Arts Politics & Policy
Gallery Management
Other Elective3
Select one of the following:
Introduction to Accounting
Introduction to Business
Publication Design
Workplace Writing: Grant Proposals, Fundraising and Development
Personal Selling
Total Credits18

Courses and Descriptions

AAD 121 Intro to Arts Administration 3 Credits

A survey course that covers topics relevant to administering the arts, and includes reviewing state and federal legislation to non-profit organizations, non-profit agency structure, long range planning, board development, marketing, fundraising, public relations, advocacy, budget, human resources and ongoing compliance issues. Students will have opportunities to interact with professionals in the field and explore career options.

AAD 202 Commun/Marketing in Arts 3 Credits

Intended for arts or business majors interested in arts management, this course immerses students in the fundamentals of promoting the arts, from grassroots public relations to basic marketing concepts and applications. Students will have opportunities to interact with professionals in the field and explore career options.

Prerequisite(s): AAD 121 and LL 131, or permission of instructor.

AAD 203 Arts Fundraising 3 Credits

Provides students with an understanding of the ethics, strategies and practices of fundraising for non-profit arts agencies. Students gain an understanding of the role of the development office in a non-profit arts agency, prepare for careers in arts management by increasing the skills necessary to function, and learn to plan a multi-faceted fundraising campaign effectively.

Prerequisite(s): CMP 120 or LL 131.

AAD 305 The Business and Art of Music Publishing 3 Credits

Detailed overview of music publishing procedures, including acquisition, market development and administration of copyrighted musical compositions. Copyright registration/revewal, composer contracts, domestic and international licensing, and performance rights.

Prerequisite(s): AAD 121.

AAD 306 Business and Art of Recording 3 Credits

Survey of the recording industry. Responsibilities of the label and producer, copyrights, royalties, residuals, publishing, contracts and artist development, promotion, distribution, product management, domestic and international licensing, and related technology.

Prerequisite(s): AAD 121 and CBA 110 Introduction to Business.

AAD 307 Touring and Production Management 3 Credits

Organizing, marketing and managing tours. Responsibilities of the booking agent, tour manager, and performers. Case studies, relationships, contracts with venues, transportation companies, housing, and unions, budgeting, press kits, and insurance.

Prerequisite(s): AAD 121, CBA 110.

AAD 350 Arts Venue and Patron Services Management 3 Credits

Integrating workplace with organizational mission: administration, staff, general public, artists. Internal control, artist/employee contracts, collective bargaining, health and safety issues, facilities operation, inventory, cultivation and maintenance of clientele and audience.

Prerequisite(s): AAD 121.

AAD 351 Crossing Cultural Borders 3 Credits

Course includes two weeks at an international arts organization, meeting and shadowing administrative staff, studying management styles, finance, and operational procedures, and attending all possible events during the visit. Travel fee required. May be repeated.

Prerequisite(s): Junior standing.

AAD 490 Independent Research and Study 1-4 Credits

This self-motivated, self-directed course culminates in a complete project. The student and the faculty advisor will mutually develop the scope of each project. It will be designed to demonstrate the student’s entrepreneurial skills and provide an opportunity for practical application of the curriculum.

Prerequisite(s): AAD 202, AAD 203, and either AAD 121 or CBA 110.

AAD 491 Arts Management Internship 3-12 Credits

Arts Administration majors are required to spend 13 weeks of on-site participation in a broad range of daily operations at an internship site. In addition, there are group meetings with all students participating in internships and site-analysis assignments given under the direction of Arts and Sciences faculty. Students may enroll for a maximum of 6 credits of internships.

Prerequisite(s): Junior standing.