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The arts management degree is focused on fine arts, business and communication. Whether your dream is to run a theatre company, manage a gallery or be the creative force behind the scenes, our faculty will prepare you. Arts management is a relatively new field of study that allows students to develop the knowledge and skills they need to become highly sought-after professionals. The discipline combines the tools of business — management, marketing, planning — with the tools of community building like fundraising, development, education and volunteerism to build bridges between art, artists and audiences. There’s no waiting to perform, and no freshman freeze. From your first day on campus, you can be a part of any number of fine arts offerings.


Successful students tend to be natural leaders. Students must be curious and interested in learning about how things work. It helps to have an eye for detail and to enjoy being around other people. The skills that arts management students develop are transferable skills. Critical thinking, organizational development, marketing, fundraising, public relations and public policy can be applied to many fields. Graduates may eventually opt to work in for-profit (or even non-arts) sectors that utilize the same skills.


Student Run Clubs: Theta Alpha Phi, Theatre Honor Fraternity
Honor Societies: Theta Alpha Phi, Lambda Pi Eta
Professional Experiences: All arts management students complete a professional internship in their chosen focus area of study. Our students have completed internships at places like the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Walt Disney World and the Titanic Museum.
Travel Study Courses: ARM 355 travels to various businesses, arts facilities and performance spaces as an experiential course. Other courses within the minor areas of study also travel.
Awards and Recognition: Our department and faculty are regularly recognized for their work by the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival. Students have been recognized for their outstanding work in the areas of design, acting, directing and stage management.


Graduates may be responsible for a particular portfolio of work such as marketing, audience development, education, production, fundraising or government relations. They work in arts organizations of all kinds, such as producing, presenting and exhibiting organizations (theatres, opera companies, symphony orchestras, dance companies, galleries, museums, etc.), arts councils, arts service organizations, government, and many other related areas.


“As an Arts Management major, I’m able to explore many of my different interests such as theatre and media communication. With an advisor like Dr. Heaton helping me unleash my creative side, I know I will have a successful, lifelong career with a major I’m passionate about.”
–Caylee Reeves ’20

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