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Arts Administration

Bachelor of Arts Degree

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Arts Administration is centered around a comprehensive studio art or music-based curriculum and complemented with a thorough core of business administration coursework. While all students choose a concentration in either fine arts or music, in which they emphasize study of the histories particular to their concentration, the program’s curriculum relies on the inter-relatedness of all art forms and histories – pairing the study of history of visual art with the history of music. This gives students a complex and robust understanding of the arts, not just in modern practice, but as traditions that have always emerged alongside and integrated with each other. In addition to this professional art or music core of coursework, students complete a scaffolded sequence of studio art or music courses, in conjunction with the concentration they have chosen, and have multiple opportunities to produce and exhibit the art or music they make in this program.

Coupled with their educational and studio experiences in art or music, students in this program complete a study in business administration practices critical to work in nonprofit arts communities, such as accounting, management theory, economics, marketing, nonprofit management, and business law. Additionally, all students majoring in Arts Administration complete at least one internship in a nonprofit arts organization – a museum, a performing arts organization, an educational arts institution, a gallery, a summer theater, or music festival, etc.

The Arts Administration degree provides students a rich blend of theoretical and practical knowledge in order to launch them into career opportunities in the nonprofit arts sector.

Arts Administration Program Objectives
Graduates in Arts Administration will be able to:

  • Develop knowledge of the theories, skills, and practices across their selected major coursework (visual art, music, finance, marketing, etc.);
  • Develop and produce visual art or music that demonstrates applications of theories, skills, and practices;
  • Perform or display original work to audiences in appropriate/professional venues;
  • Complete a minimum of one internship experience; and
  • Produce a polished and cohesive body of work through a capstone portfolio.

Program of Study

General Core Requirements (12 credits)

Arts Administration Major (20 courses)
Professional Core (4 courses) (These run concurrently for both art and music concentrations)
Ar250 Art History/Mu200 Music Appreciation
Ar220 Art of the World/Mu215 World Music
Choice of 2 of the following:
Ar300 African American Art/Mu300 Jazz History
Ar310 Popular Art/Mu210 Rock History
Ar330 Women in Art/Mu330 Women in Music

Administration Core (3 courses)
Mg110 Accounting Fundamentals (satisfies Career Enhancing Core #1)
Mg120 Foundations of Economics (may satisfy Career Enhancing Core #2)
Mg130 Marketing Fundamentals (may satisfy Career Enhancing Core #2)
Mg150 Organizational management (may satisfy Career Enhancing Core #2)
Mg225 Business Law OR Mg 210 Operational Finance
Southern Vermont College Catalog 2018-2019

Arts Studio Courses (4 courses)
Students must choose one of these courses (identified by bullet point) to take as a Humanities General core. The remaining four courses in the particular concentration are required for the Arts Administration degree.

Music Concentration

  • Mu105 Guitar
  • Mu110/Mu120 Choir/Band (satisfies Humanities Core)
  • Mu212 Musicianship
  • Mu110 Choir/Mu120 Band (as a repeated course)
  • Either Mu110 Choir/Mu120 Band (taken as 3rd time) OR Mu350 Advanced Music Studio

Art Concentration

  • Ar/CM200 Concepts of Visual design
  • Ar104 Basic Drawing (may satisfy Humanities Core))/Ar206 Life Drawing
  • Ar103 Basic Painting (may satisfy Humanities Core)/Ar204 Watercolor Painting
  • Ar/Ev230 Nature Journaling
  • Advanced Studio Course: Choose from the following: Ar204 Watercolor Painting, Ar205 Painting Landscape, Ar206 Life Drawing, Ar350 Advanced Art Studio

Arts/Management Electives (3 courses)
Choose three from the following or select other courses from Humanities and Business Division, with approval of academic advisor:

Cm308 Grant Writing
Cm375 Editing and Publication Design
Cm360 Organizational Communication
En300/En303 Speaking/Writing for the Professions
Mg340 Event Development and Management
Mg360 Social Entrepreneurship
Mg370 Social Media
Mg450 Philanthropy

OR Mg385 Management Practicum 1 and 2 (for students accepted into the Sustainable Ventures certificate program), with additional internship, as required by same program

General Electives (6 courses)
Total Courses/Credit hours: 32 courses/128 credit hours

Sample Program Sequence for Arts Administration Major, with either art or music concentrations.
Note: this is a suggested sequence of courses, reflecting the options available. Students majoring in this program will work with their academic advisor to select their concentration and to ensure they are enrolled in the appropriate course for that section. All courses listed with a “/” between the course numbers indicate courses that run concurrently. This is to maintain one of the objectives of the program: to encourage students to emphasize a specific concentration (in either Studio Art or Music), but also to study the interrelatedness of the arts.

First Year – Fall
En101 Composition I or En150 (based on placement)
Fy100 Quest for Success: First Year Experience
Ar250 Art History/Mu200 Music Appreciation
Ar104 Basic Drawing/Mu104 Musicianship (satisfies Core requirement)

First Year – Spring
En102 Composition II or General Core Requirement (assuming successful completion of En150)
Ar/Cm200 Concepts of Visual Design OR Mu110/120 Band/Choir
Ar320/Mu215 Art of the World/World Music
General Core Requirement

Second Year – Fall
Administration Core Course (see list above)
Ar300 African American Art/Mu300 Jazz History OR Ar310 American Popular Art/Mu210 American Popular Music OR Ar330 Women in Art/Mu330 Women in Music
Advanced Studio Art or Music Course (see list above for possible options)
General Core Requirement

Second Year – Spring
Administration Core Course (see list above)
Ar300 African American Art/Mu300 Jazz History OR Ar310 American Popular Art/Mu210 American Popular Music OR Ar330 Women in Art/Mu330 Women in Music
Advanced Studio Art or Music Course (see list above for possible options)
General Core Requirement

Third Year – Fall
Administration Core Course (see list above)
Advanced Studio Art or Music Course (see list above for possible options)
General Core Requirement or Arts/Management Elective
General Core Requirement or Elective

Third Year – Spring
Administration Core Course (see list above)
Advanced Studio Art or Music Course (see list above for possible options)
Arts/Management Elective (see list above)
General Core Requirement

Fourth Year – Fall
Administration Core Course (see list above)
Arts/Management Elective (see list above)
General Core Requirement or Arts/Management Elective
General Core Requirement or Elective

Fourth Year – Spring
Hu490 Internship
Arts/Management Elective (see list above)
General Core requirement or Elective
General Core Requirement: Capstone

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