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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.

Course Descriptions

 

The Arts Management Certificate
(21-23 semester hours)

Required:
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)    Introduction to Museums: History and Practice
ARMG 217    (3)    Performing Arts Management
ARMG 221    (3)    The Art and Antiquities Marketplace
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.


Course Descriptions

ARMG 105

Introduction to Arts Management
CR: 
4.0

This course provides students with an introduction to a variety of topics they will encounter when pursuing the certificate in arts management, including public policy and the arts, the economic structure of markets in various branches of the arts, and the issues and trends affecting arts managment porfessionals. Content will be covered through readings, discussions, guest speakers, and 20 hours of hands-on fieldwork in an arts organization or facility located on or off campus. III.O, III.W

ARMG 121

New York Arts
CR: 
1.0

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.

ARMG 141

Arts Management Practicum I
CR: 
1.0

Prerequisites: ARMG 105 and 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.

ARMG 213

Introduction to Museums: History and Practice
CR: 
3.0

Prerequisite: ARMG 105. This course combines a comprehensive history of museums with an introduction to museological theory, museum management, and professional standards. Students will examine the critical issues surrounding nonprofit museum collections, exhibitions, programs and education, conservation, governance, and ethics.  III.O, V.6a

ARMG 217

Performing Arts Management
CR: 
3.0

Prerequisite: ARMG 105. In this seminar, students gain an understanding of the various aspects of managing performing arts organizations. Topics covered include cultural policy; governance, mission, capacity building, and personnel management; the role of development, fundraising, and grant writing; programming, audiences, and marketing; strategic planning; financial management; capital planning; evaluation of outcomes; non-profit status, tax and legal issues for organizations; and education and lifelong learning. Teaching will be both theoretical and practical, employing case studies, and by the end of the course, student arts managers will have developed a portfolio associated with the topics covered that will serve them in their pursuit of internships and employment with performing arts organizations. Offered alternate years. III.W, V.6a

ARMG 241

Arts Management Practicum II
CR: 
2.0

Prerequisites: ARMG 105 and 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.

ARMG 261

Directed Study
CR: 
3.0

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.

ARMG 311

Leadership of Arts Organizations
CR: 
3.0

Prerequisite: ARMG 105. This seminar is designed to integrate theory, practice, and skills on topics critical to preparing leaders in a non-profit arts organization. Participants will examine their own leadership ideas, styles, and behaviors in relation to general principles and to their own organizational context. Student arts managers will also be expected to help their colleagues achieve their objectives through collaborative work, discussions, consultation, and feedback. Offered alternate years. III.O, V.6a

ARMG 321

Fundraising and Development in the Arts
CR: 
3.0

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.

ARMG 341

Arts Management Practicum II
CR: 
3.0

Prerequisites: ARMG 105 and 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.

ARMG 361

Special Study
CR: 
3.0

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.

ARMG 377

Internship
CR: 
3.0

Prerequisites: ARMG 105, one additional course ARMG, and permission of instructor and department chair. This internship provides students with professional experience in a cultural or creative enterprise or in an organization that services the cultural or creative industries. Internship opportunities may include, but are not limited to, dance companies, theatre companies, galleries, municipal cultural affairs agencies, museums, opera companies, orchestras, presenting organizations, foundations, producing organizations, or trade organizations. This course is graded P/CR/NC only.

ARMG 461

Independent Study
CR: 
3.0

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.

BUSN 127

Accounting I
CR: 
4.0

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

BUSN 150

Marketing and Social Media
CR: 
4.0

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.

BUSN 205

Management and Human Resources
CR: 
4.0

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.

IART 101

Fine Arts Workshop
CR: 
1.0
This interdisciplinary workshop will address issues in the arts from a variety of perspectives as applied to a common theme each semester. The course will combine creative projects, group activities, and assigned readings to examine a variety of problem-solving methods, integrating these themes with various artistic disciplines. Sessions will be lead by SBC faculty and visiting artists.

PHlL 236

Philosophy and the Arts
CR: 
3.0

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

THTR 102

Public Speaking
CR: 
3.0

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

THTR 202

Business and Professional Speaking
CR: 
3.0

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