A degree in Arts Administration allows students to grow in their artistic field while simultaneously developing business skills that help create leaders in arts organizations. Students can earn either a B.A. or B.S. degree and choose an area of concentration from the following:
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Major in Arts Administration and Learn Arts Management!
The Arts Administration major consists of Performance Learning experiences as well as courses that allow students to build a foundation for a forward thinking career working in the arts. Throughout their time at Millikin, students will participate in student-run ventures, arts organizations and events that nurture creativity and culture for themselves and the communities they serve. These students will be able to play a part in organizing, designing, promoting, fundraising, budgeting and staffing arts events throughout the campus community that put their artistic and leadership skills into action.
In addition to the University Studies requirements for either a B.A. or B.S. degree, students will complete 36-42 semester hours in the major core, as well as 12-16 semester hours in a chosen concentration.
Arts Administration’s core consists of foundational courses that include topics in marketing, entrepreneurship and business areas, while also allowing them to develop skills in their chosen concentration. This allows them to develop skills that will help them to become a practicing artist or technician in their artistic discipline of choice.
- Art Administration
- Arts Technology Administration
- Dance Administration
- Music Administration
- Theatre Administration
Arts Administration Learning Goals
- achieve positive impact on the arts, artists, or arts organizations;
- create strategy for the arts, artists, or arts organizations; and
- build audiences for the arts, artists, or arts organizations.
Arts Administration is a major that prepares students for careers as arts practitioners, managers, and leaders in their communities.
Arts Administration Core Courses
Combine mission and vision to drive the arts.
AD323. Arts Management (3)
ET340. Foundations of Entrepreneurship (3)
MC312. Legal Issues in the Arts (3) or BU 260 Business Law (3)
ET235. Customer Discovery (3) or MK 363 Brand Loyalty through Digital Media (3)
3 semesters in an arts-based student venture OR 2 semesters in venture and 1 semester internship (3-9)
Choose 6 credits from the Following
CO/BU. 230. Business Conversations (3)
CO251. Introduction to Public Relations (3)
CO310 Small Group Communication (3)
CO332. Gender Communication (3)
CO341. Organizational Communication (3)
CO343. Communication and Conflict (3)
CO432. Intercultural Communication (3)
AD360. Topics in Arts Administration (3) or additional 3 credits listed above or course by approval
MK200. Principles of Marketing (3) or IS 240. Foundations of Information Systems (3)
AC230. Introduction to Financial Statements (3) or ET 230 Financial Decision Making (3)
EC100. Macroeconomics (3) or EC. 110 Microeconomics (3) or EC. 120 Principles of Economics (3)
Students are tasked with being an arts administrator in one or more student ventures where they work with clients to serve their digital media needs or host exhibitions, concerts, and theatrical performances in the arts, putting their skills in making and leading to action.
Arts Administration Core Courses (Credits)
With the skills you will develop in Arts Administration, you will be prepared to do artistic work and perform as a business leader for a vast array of organizations.
- Artistic Director
- Managing Director
- Executive Director
- Grant Writer
- Marketing Director
- Director of Community Engagement≤/li>
- Production Manager
- Account Director
- Tour Manager
- Company Manager
- Teaching Artist
- Artistic Associate
- General Manager
- Casting Director
- Director of Education
- Media Relations
- Communications Manager
- Director of Patron Relations
- Director of Ticket Services
- .....and many more
Already considering graduate school? For students who are interested in furthering their knowledge in leadership and management, the Daytime MBA Program is the perfect choice. At Millikin University you can earn a BA or BS in Arts Administration and a MBA in just 4 years.