Arts Administration, Certificate

(Code 060-602)

The Certificate in Arts Administration provides students with a core body of knowledge and skills to effectively manage community or institutionally based arts organizations and provides a foundation for continued study in arts administration. Emphasis is placed on management and communication skills useful to administrators of arts enterprises. The 18-credit program includes an arts management seminar, an immersive arts leadership course, three (3) credits of internship experience, and elective courses.

Eighteen semester credits, including:
IDIS 410Arts Administration Seminar3
THEA 300Leadership in the Arts3
An additional internship in arts administration (MUSI 498 or THEA 498)
Three credits from one of the following internship courses: 13
Music Internship
Theatre Arts Internship
Nine credits from at least two different department areas (see stipulations below)9
Total Credits18

The internship must be in arts administration with clear learning outcomes appropriate to the discipline.  It may consist of a single 3-credit internship experience or multiple experiences that add up to 3 credits.  Although the course listing is a THEA or MUSI course, the internship experience itself may be from any arts discipline with department permission.

A combined total of at least 9 credits from the listings below, with the following stipulations:

1) Courses used to complete major requirements do not count toward completion of the certificate.

2) Students must take at least three (3) credits from Group A (ART, ARTH, DNCE, HIST, IDIS 303, MUSI, THEA) and at least three (3) credits from Group B (ACCT, BSAD, BCOM, CJ, ENGL, IDIS 190, MGMT, MKTG). The remaining three (3) elective credits may come from either group.

Group A
Art Area:
Introduction to the Visual Arts
Art History Area:
Art of the 20th Century
Global Art History to 1400
Global Art History Since 1400
Themes in Contemporary Art
Travel Opportunities in Art
Methodologies of Art History
Dance Area:
Dance Appreciation
History Area:
Museums in the United States
Interdisciplinary Studies:
Understanding the Arts
Music Area:
Music Appreciation
Global Roots of Music in the United States
History of Rock and Pop
Evolution of Jazz
Music and Gender
Global Traditions in Music
Music in the United States
Theatre Area:
Theatre Appreciation
Introduction to Technical Theatre
Assistant Stage Manager
Introduction to Design
Stage Management
Drama in Education
Stage Manager/Assistant Director/Assistant Choreographer
Publicity/Program Design
House Manager
Touring Theatre
Theatre Arts Management
Group B
Accounting Area:
Introduction to Accounting
Business Administration Area:
Essentials of Accounting
Essentials of Human Resource Management
Essentials of Marketing
Essentials of Management
Essentials of Business Communication
Essentials of Information Systems
Essentials of Business Law
Essentials of Leadership
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Workplace
Legal and Regulatory Environment
Business Law
Business Communication Area:
Business Writing
Business Presentations
Administrative Management
Communication and Journalism Area:
Multimedia Communication
Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
Fundamentals of Speech
Fundamentals of Human Communication
Introduction to Organizational Communication
Introduction to Integrated Strategic Communication
Small Group Communication
Topics in Communication and Social Advocacy
Human Resource Development
Strategic Event Planning
English Area:
Grant Proposal Writing
Interdisciplinary Studies:
Leadership for a Better World
Management Area:
Personal Leadership Management
Organizational Behavior
Marketing Area:
Principles of Marketing

Program Learning Outcomes

Students completing this program will be expected to meet the following learning outcomes:

  • Understand the arts and their relevance in society today. 
  • Understand the managerial issues and techniques for arts organizations today. 
  • Demonstrate critical-thinking skills and communicate clearly when analyzing issues facing arts organizations today.