The Arts Management Program is coordinated with a major in art history, studio art, music, dance, theatre arts, English, English and creative writing, modern languages and literatures, anthropology, or history. The purpose of the program is to give students theoretical knowledge and practical experience in arts management and museum studies within the framework of a liberal arts education. Candidates may enter the program at the time they declare their major, usually at the end of the sophomore year. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.300 is required. Selection will be based on an interview with the program director and the chair of the department in which the student is majoring.
The Arts Management Certificate
(21-23 semester hours)
ARMG 105 (4) Introduction to Arts Management
ARMG 141 (1) Arts Management Practicum I
THTR 102 (3) Public Speaking
Choose 1 of the following courses:
ARMG 341 (3) Arts Management Practicum III
ARMG 377 (3) Internship
Choose 1 of the following courses:
ARMG 121 (1) New York Arts
IART 101 (1) Fine Arts Workshop
Choose 1 of the following courses:
ARMG 213 (3) Museums and Galleries
ARMG 217 (3) Performing Arts Management
ARMG 306 (3) The Art Market
ARMG 311 (3) Leadership of Arts Organizations
Choose 2 additional three-credit courses in arts management and/or courses from the following electives:
ARTS 213 (3) Digital Design I
BUSN 127 (4) Accounting I
BUSN 150 (4) Marketing and Social Media
BUSN 205 (4) Management and Human Resources
PHIL 236 (3) Philosophy and the Arts
THTR 202 (3) Business and Professional Speaking
NOTE: For the arts management certificate, the P/CR/NC grading option may not be exercised for required ARMG courses. Additional information about the P/CR/NC grading option is available under the Academic Regulations heading in this catalog.
Behind the scenes at arts organizations is characterized by high energy productivity, dedicated workers, small budgets, ephemeral audiences, and a gap between earned income and cost of production. This course introduces the world and culture particular to arts institutions. Readings, classroom discussions, field trips, guest speakers, and hands-on fieldwork will provide the source materials for the course. III.O, III.W
Prerequisites: ARMG 105 and permission of the instructor. This weeklong, intensive course in New York City will provide students with critical appreciation for a broad spectrum of major cultural institutions focused on visual arts, dance, theatre, and music. Students will attend performances, and engage in discussions with arts managers and artists. This course will be offered before classes resume in January or during Spring Break. Students are responsible for the cost of their transportation as well as lodging, meals, and tickets estimated at $1000.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. Very focused practicum of study centering around a single project, for example, the development of a specialized museum tour, and pre- and postvisit study materials for the same. Assigned readings will accompany the practicum project. A minimum of 40 hours is required. This course if offered on a P/CR/NC grading option only.
Prerequisite: ARMG 105. This course combines theory with the practical skills required of museum and art gallery professionals. Students will examine the critical issues surrounding collections, exhibitions, conservation, governance, and ethics. In addition, students will gain firsthand experience that provides a firm foundation in skills such as scholarship, connoisseurship, object handling, and exhibition installation that are considered fundamental knowledge in museums and art galleries. Offered alternate years. III.O, V.6a
Prerequisite: ARMG 105. This course expands upon the principles and concepts introduced in ARMG 105. The focus is on issues central to the creation and management of performing arts organizations, which will be explored through a series of case studies, practical exercises, and ongoing assessment of current events. Areas of focus include artist relations, audience development, front-of-house management, programming, human resources, marketing, public relations, contracts, copyright, and royalties. Offered alternate years. III.W, V.6a
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. Students will be introduced to the practical aspects of presenting artistic events on the campus. Projects will include the organization, promotion, and mounting of exhibitions, the booking and promotion of concerts, theatre, or dance productions, or other appropriate arts activities. A minimum of 80 hours is required. This course is offered on a P/CR/NC grading option only.
Prerequisites: One ARMG course and permission of the instructor. The study of introductory level material by an individual student or by a small group of students under the immediate supervision of a faculty member.
Prerequisite: ARMG 105. This course will examine the various ways in which objects reach the art market, concentrating on the role of auction houses, galleries, and museums in shaping the treatment of art as a cultural commodity. An understanding of central issues that influence the buying and selling of art–tax laws, the perception of artworks as investments, and aesthetic appreciation of the works–will be reached through lectures, readings, and visits to galleries, auctions, museums and private collections. This course cannot be taken on a P/CR/NC grading option. III.W, V.6a
Prerequisite: ARMG 105. Students will examine the integration of leaders and arts organizations, their history, evolution, culture, and theory. Through case studies, arts leadership will be explored in units on creativity, ethics, the artist-cum-leader, political advocacy, program development, oral and written persuasion, and evaluating instances of success vs. failure. Offered alternate years. III.O, V.6a
Prerequisite: ARMG 105. This course examines the fundraising process in non-profit arts organizations. This includes major theoretical foundations and general fundraising principles as well as a variety of fundraising techniques, sources of donatoins, and key aspects of managing the fundraising and development process. The course combines applied and conceptual study, and provides students with opportunities to apply concepts and techniques through assignments and projects. Offered alternate years.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. An intensive apprenticeship in a particular area of the arts, such as exhibitions, cataloguing, booking and promoting theatrical events, or an internship at an arts organization outside the college. A final portfolio or record of the project must be presented at the completion of the course. The practicum will be supervised by the Program Director, or other appropriate faculty members. A minimumof 120 hours is required. This course is offered on a P/CR/NC grading option only.
Prerequisites: One 100-level ARMG course and permission of the instructor. The study of an intermediate level topic by an individual student or by a small group of students under the immediate supervision of a faculty member.
Prerequisites: Three credits in ARMG and permission of instructor, department chair, and dean. This course is graded P/CR/NC only.
Prerequisites: One 100-level ARMG course, one 200-level ARMG course, and permission of the instructor. Pursuit of an upper level research project determined in advance by the student in consultation with a faculty member who will act as the sponsor.
Students learn the basics of the three main computer software programs used in the graphic design field today: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe illustrator, and Adobe indesign. Skills to be emphasized include scanning and retouching, selection techniques, creating and editing type, and formatting and working with objects and text, filters, gradients, and transformation tools while completing workbook projects step by step. Some principles of good design will be covered for use in independent projects. Includes information on technical and artistic copyright laws. Six hours of lecture/studio per week.
An examination of the accounting cycle; the recording, posting, adjusting, and closing of accounting data for a sole proprietor service and merchandising business, to include internal controls, receivables and payables, inventories, depreciation, and payroll. Emphasis is on the use of accounting data for decision making. Students will be required to master the automation of financial statement and pro forma development using interactive spreadsheets. Three hours lecture/discussion and three hours spreadsheet training/projects. III.Q
Prerequisite: ENGL 104 or another FYW course. This course is an introduction to marketing; the marketing mix, product development, pricing, distribution, and the promotion of products, services and non-profit activities. Marketing legislation and the consumer movement will be discussed. Special emphasis will be placed on the use of social media to advance business objectives and create new marketing strategies. This course cannot be taken on a P/CR/NC grading option. Three hours lecture/discussion and three hours experiential learning/projects.
Not open to students who have credit for BUSN 131 or BUSN 232. This course provides an introduction to management of organizations through an examination of management theory, and to human resource management principles in today's workplace. In addition to the management functions of planning, organizing, directing, and controlling, students will study issues such as recruitment and hiring, policy design, legal issues, and motivational theory and its application to rewards and compensation. This course cannot be taken on a P/CR/NC grading option.
An examination of the nature and purpose of the arts with special attention to the visual arts, music and literature. Controversies about the roles of the artist and viewer, the status of the art object, the significance of context, and the relationship of the arts to ethics and societal development will be explored. No specialized knowledge of the arts is required. V.6a
An introduction to informative, argumentative, and persuasive modes of address: traditional rhetorical principles of organization, audience analysis, and effective delivery will be applied in class. III.O
Communication concepts and skills for use in business and professional environments. Topics covered include: problem solving, dealing with resistance to change, audience analysis, interviewing, asking questions, responding to public questions, dealing with the news media, and organization of material. III.O