Arts Administration Curriculum

The arts administration major provides students with an interdisciplinary education focused around themes important to the arts and arts administration. The major is coordinated by Leah Hamilton and jointly administered with the Art & Art History, Music, Theatre and English departments. Courses include real-world projects with local arts agencies to better prepare students for internships and careers.

All arts administration majors are required to major in one area, or minor in two areas, of the arts (art history, fine arts, design arts, music, theatre or writing). The hours required in the arts administration major and all other hours required by the general education curriculum and the student’s chosen arts discipline can readily be completed within a normal four-year plan.

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
CISQ 170: Computer Proficiency Exam (must achieve a grade of "S")
COMM 231: Principles of Advertising and Public Relations
COMM 433: Strategic Writing for Advertising and Public Relations
MGMT 476: Nonprofit Organizations
AADM 390: Special Topics in Arts Administration
AADM 397/398/497/498*: Internship

Choose two from the following electives:
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 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 442: Rhetorical Criticism
ENGL 301: Theory and Practice
THTR 468: Advanced Projects in Production and Design

This is the recommended Schedule to complete the Arts Administration major in eight semesters.

Year 1 Fall
Computer Proficiency (0 hours)

Year 1 Spring
Principles of Accounting (3 hours)

Year 2 Fall
Intro to Arts Administration (3 hours)

Year 2 Spring
Principles of Ad and PR (3 hours)
Special Topics (1 hour)

Year 3 Fall
Advanced PR Writing (3 hours)
Practicum (3 hours)
Special Topics (1 hour)

Year 3 Spring
Cultural Policy (3 hours)
Practicum (3 hours)
Special Topics (1 hour)

Summer
Professional Internship (3 hours)

Year 4 Fall
Nonprofit Organizations (3 hours)
Special Topics (1 hour)

Year 4 Spring
Stakeholder Development (3 hours)
Special Topics (1 hour)

Total Credits: 35 hours