Behind every great performance or art exhibition is a team collaborating with artists to realize a vision. Arts administrators help make that artistic magic happen.
If you have a passion for the arts and want a profession that supports artistic endeavors and ensures the public has access to art, music, theatre, dance, performance and more, consider a career in arts management and administration.
The Minor in Arts Management and Administration (MAMA) in the College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin is open to students in any degree program at the university and enrolled in the 2016-18 catalogue.
Through the minor, students broaden their understanding of careers in the commercial, nonprofit and public arts sectors, develop skills critical for arts managers in all arts disciplines and build career contacts through an internship experience.
Students interested in entering the the MAMA minor program must contact academic advisor Chris Montes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Examples of Jobs in Arts Management and Administration
- Producer for the Broadway Stage
- Arts Festival Director
- Federal, State, or City Arts Administrator
- Concert Hall Director
- Chief Financial Officer for an Arts Institution
- Independent Producer/Promoter
- Arts Education Director
- Public Arts Administrator
- Self-Producing Artist
- Fundraiser for an Arts Organization
- Arts Marketing Director
- City Cultural Planner
- Touring Production Manager
- Operations Manager for an Arts Organization
- Artistic Director/Cultural Programmer
- Artist Manager
Fall 2017 courses offered in Arts Management and Administration
The following courses will be offered in fall 2017 for students interested in Arts Management and Administration.
A 362/383 Foundations of Arts Management
WHEN: TTH 3:30-5PM
WHERE: CLA 0.122
Taught by the college's Director of Professional Programs, Dr. Karen Munnelly, this survey course introduces students to a variety of successful management strategies for contemporary arts organizations. Ideal for all future arts professionals – artists and administrators alike – Foundations in Arts Management also pays special attention to organizational creation, leadership, mission development, fundraising, audience development, evaluation and issues in cultural policy and philanthropy.
FA 364/381 Developing and Reaching Audiences
WHEN: TTH 3:30-5PM
WHERE: MRH 2.604
28 seats undergrad, 2 seats grad
Formerly listed as Arts Administration and Community Service, this course introduces creative workers to the principles and successful practices of community engagement and service in the value-driven nonprofit sector. Through sessions and portfolio-building exercises devoted to mission and vision development, programming and public service, constituent-specific marketing, writing and speaking, community fundraising, as well as the cultivation of press and patrons, among others, students develop a clear sense of how to build audiences by building deep and genuine relations with community. This course is taught by Dr. Matt Hinsley, Executive Director of Austin Classical Guitar Society.
FA 365/385 Fundraising in the Arts: Principles and Practices
WHEN: TH 12:30-2PM
WHERE: DFA 4.106 (tentative)
10 seats undergrad, 6 seats grad
Taught by Professor Kathleen Panoff, Director and Associate Dean of Texas Performing Arts in the College of Fine Arts, this course introduces students to a variety of successful strategies that arts organizations use to generate income from individuals, foundations, corporations, businesses, and government agencies and build audiences in the process. Because successful fundraising requires good communication skills, this course is writing intensive.
*For students seeking more detailed information about the writing intensity of Professor Panoff's Fundraising course, please email her prior to registration: email@example.com.
FA 140 Fine Arts Internship – WB
WHEN AND WHERE: Web-based
Taught by Fine Arts Career Services Mangager Nathan Langfitt, this course assists students in internship placement and offers curricular support their work in a prominent arts and culture organizations. FA 140 requires 50 hours of internship work. This class has online and in-person components.
FA 340 Fine Arts Internship – WB
WHEN AND WHERE: Web-based
Taught by Fine Arts Career Services Mangager Nathan Langfitt, this course assist students in internship placement and offers curricular support their work in a prominent arts and culture organizations. FA 340 requires 150 hours of internship work. This class has online and in-person components.