Frequently Asked Questions
Art administration courses places a strong focus on the various issues that are encountered in arts organizations. Although there is business involved, much of what is taught is more specifically about the different stakeholders and policies that make the arts different than other business.
Short answer: Yes. Long answer: Not necessarily. You could major in fine arts or in theatre, but you could also minor in two different areas such as business administration and art history. Or in communication and writing. Click here to view the various combinations.
The first year in any course of study can normally be fairly flexible. However, you could expect to have the Principles of Accounting and the Intro to Arts Administration out of the way. Possibly having a communications class such as Strategic Writing for Advertising and PR; that's if you're an amazing time manager, of course. Follow this link to view the recommended schedule for all four years!
Yes, you do have to have three credit hours, or one entire semester, of an internship to graduate. Normally, internships are geared more for juniors and seniors. This would be after you have had some experience in the program and can offer some help to an organization. The internship does not have to be in Springfield for it count for your major. Contact Rebecca Miller, program director, for more information.
This answer is no, but can be viewed differently. Although the Practicum is a visual art-based class, it does not mean that you have to be a visual artist. Musicians tend to sign up their own personal band to play on the opening day. Writers have had poetry slams and different writing pieces accompany different artworks in the space. Theatre students have even had productions staged and continuously performed throughout the night! Look through the albums of past shows on the Drury on C-Street's Facebook page.
Yes! Other than sitting in a classroom, typically 10-15 students, you are brought out into Springfield as a class to talk to those actually making money in the arts. A yearly trip is taken to Jefferson City to advocate for the arts on Citizen's Day. Chances are, you will get to know owners of arts organizations here in Springfield. Projects and internships allow you to network and build a resume. So yes, it is very engaging and hands-on.
For more answers, please contact the director of the arts administration program, Rebecca Miller.