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Arts Management

Degree: BA

Campus: Columbus

College: Arts and Sciences

Through the arts management major, students will understand the issues, problems and policy interventions impacting the contemporary arts and cultural industries; develop business and managerial skills for professional decision making in arts and cultural organizations; and practice creative and critical thinking, opportunity recognition and innovation in various arts and cultural environments. Students will also understand the professional role and responsibilities of successful creative individuals in contemporary society.

Upon admission to the university, students can declare a major in arts management within the College of Arts and Sciences.

While the needs of the field and its organizations are specific, the arts management major emphasizes the importance of interdisciplinary study blending concepts and skills from multiple arts disciplines, public policy environments and management operations.

Successful completion of the program requires the following:

  • A minimum of 36 credit hours in the Department of Arts Administration, Education and Policy and Fisher College of Business
  • A maximum of nine transfer credit hours
  • A minimum C- for major courses
  • A minimum 2.0 cumulative point-hour ratio required for major courses
  • Pass/non-pass courses not counted toward the major

Course work includes:

  • Exploring the Creative Sector: Art Issues in the 21st Century
  • Managing Arts Organizations: Balancing Continuity and Change
  • Foundations of Accounting
  • Foundations of Finance
  • New Venture Creation

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Arts management students may enjoy joining the Visual & Performing Arts 
Learning Community
. This learning community is for artists or anyone who wishes to express creative ideas. Students will have an opportunity to literally "leave their mark" on their residence hall community through wall murals, t-shirts and logo designs and programming that caters to their artistic needs. The community is for students passionate about one or more dimensions of the arts (music, theater, art, design and dance) and engaging with them in a community setting.

Graduates are prepared to work in community-based arts and nonprofit cultural institutions, public arts agencies, and commercial arts businesses. 

The following four program areas, the related objectives and the anticipated outcomes are used to assess the students in the arts management program throughout all required courses.

Students identify the issues, problems and policy interventions impacting the contemporary arts and cultural sector. They will be able:

  • To map the relationships within the creative sector: the artist, the artistic product/service, the industries and the infrastructure;
  • To appreciate both similarities and differences among different arts fields (e.g., theatre, dance, museums, orchestras, etc.);
  • To interpret the role of social/cultural values, beliefs and attitudes related to audience participation, advocacy, and education in contemporary arts and culture participation; 
  • To understand the legal, economic and technological influences shaping the cultural landscape.

Students analyze the purpose, function, and professional decision making in arts and cultural organizations. They will be able:

  • To describe the internal structure, cultures and operations of non-profit arts and cultural organizations;
  • To examine issues of organizational governance, leadership, and human resources;
  • To design, implement and evaluate innovative audience-focused programming;
  • To develop entrepreneurial skills vital in generating and managing revenues and resources.

Students understand the professional role and responsibilities of the artist and the cultural worker in society. They will be able:

  • To reflect on the personal, social and cultural value of arts and culture;
  • To examine the non-profit, public, commercial and academic career paths open to artists and those working in cultural fields;  
  • To develop entrepreneurial skills for the marketplace of ideas, arts products and cultural services;
  • To gain practical experience in arts and cultural venues through individual and group research projects, mentorships, internships and study abroad. 

Students practice the principles of entrepreneurship as applied to arts and culture. They will be able:

  • To practice creative and critical thinking;
  • To recognize trends and opportunity for arts and cultural in various environments; 
  • To create social and economic value through innovative art practice; 
  • To actively engage the public in arts and cultural activity.