Arts Administration Curriculum

The arts administration major provides students with an interdisciplinary education focused around themes important to the arts and arts administration including management in live theatres; museums; galleries; festivals; cultural entrepreneurship endeavors; and the television, film and recording industry.

The major is jointly administered with the Art and Art History, Music, Theatre, and English departments. Courses include real-world projects with local arts agencies to better prepare students for internships and careers in the field.

All Arts Administration majors are required to major in one additional area, or minor in two areas (one of which must be an arts discipline), of the following:

Majors Minors:
  • Art History
  • Graphic Design and Design Arts
  • Fine Arts
  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Writing
  • Art History
  • Business Administration
  • Communication
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Fine Arts
  • Graphic Design and Design Arts
  • History
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Writing

The hours required in the Arts Administration major in addition to all other hours required by the general education curriculum and the student’s chosen discipline can readily be accomplished within a four-year plan. The arts administration major must complete 33 hours of coursework.

All prerequisites must be completed prior to enrollment in the following courses:

AADM 101: Introduction to Arts Administration
AADM 393: Arts Administration Practicum I
AADM 394: Arts Administration Practicum II
ACCT 209: Principles of Accounting
COMM 221: Multimedia Writing
COMM 433: Strategic Writing for Advertising and Public Relations
MGMT 170: Computer Proficiency Exam
MGMT 476: Nonprofit Organizations
AADM 390: Special Topics in Arts Administration
AADM 397/398/497/498*: Internship

Choose two from the following electives:
AADM 284: Audience Connection
AADM 450: Arts Criticism
AADM 465: Cultural Policy
AADM 475: Stakeholder Development

Prior to registration for MGMT 476, students are required to complete the Permission to Enroll in Upper-Division Breech School Courses form found in MyDrury and may be required to complete the form to waive prerequisites. Arts Administration majors may request a waiver of the prerequisites for COMM 433.

*Selected topics should be confirmed with the coordinator of arts administration for consideration as major credit.

The following courses are recommended electives for further study for Arts Administration majors.

ARTH 362: History of Museums and Collecting
COMM 231: Integrated Brand Management
ENGL 301: Theory and Practice
THTR 468: Advanced Projects in Production and Design