Arts Administration Course Descriptions

AADM 101: Introduction to Arts Administration
AADM 393: Arts Administration Practicum I
AADM 394: Arts Administration Practicum II
AADM 450: Arts Criticism
AADM 465: Cultural Policy
AADM 475: Stakeholder Development
AADM 290, 390 Selected Topics. 1-3 hours.

AADM 397/398/497/498: Internship


AADM 101: Introduction to Arts Administration. 3 hours.
An introduction to the fundamental concepts and principles of managing organizations and people in arts-related professions. Awareness of the field, private and public arts agencies and an introduction to the functions of visual, performing, and literary arts organizations.

AADM 393: Arts Administration Practicum I. 3 hours.
Pre-requisites: AADM 101, ACCT 209, COMM 231
A practical course in organizational structure of on-campus arts programs and projects primarily at the Drury on C-Street Gallery. Hands-on experience includes audience and financial development; public relations and marketing; and most importantly leadership concepts in arts organizations.

AADM 394: Arts Administration Practicum II. 3 hours.
Pre-requisites: AADM 393
A continuation of AADM 393, this practical course will concentrate on audience and fund development. Extensive work will be conducted in grant research, writing, and donor development.

AADM 450: Arts Criticism. 3 hours.
Designed to help students develop criteria for judging works of art and performances and to match them with potential audiences. Coursework includes readings in arts criticism as well as critiques of current art events. Examples of projects include managing a box office, working in public relations and shadowing program planners, stage managers and gallery curators. The course will also look at public policy for the arts at the state and federal level. This meets the capstone requirements for Arts Administration Majors.

AADM 465: Cultural Policy. 3 hours.
An introduction to understanding and communicating the impact of arts and culture on public and organizational policy as well as community strategic planning. The course will prepare art students for the various processes in creating and sustaining vibrant arts organizations and communities including the study of cultural policy, strategic planning, and arts advocacy.

AADM 475: Stakeholder Development. 3 hours.
This course will prepare art administration students for the varied partnerships that arts managers must maintain in order to ensure the success of arts organizations. Students will consider, compare and contrast the delicate relationships that are necessary to lead creative organizations in an ever changing culture.

AADM 290: Special Topics. 1-3 hours.

AADM 397, 398, 497, 498: Internship. 3 hours.
All Arts Administration majors are required to complete one, 3-hour credit internship over the course of their major. Internships can be completed both during the semester and/or summer. Arts Administration alumni have interned at various arts organizations across the nation as well as locally. To learn more about internships, visit Career Planning and Development.