Minor in Arts Management and Administration

The exhibition "Placeholder" is installed in the Visual Arts Center gallery.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 chris.montes@austin.utexas.edu.

 

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 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: kpanoff@texasperformingarts.org.

 

FA 140 Fine Arts Internship – WB

WHEN AND WHERE: Web-based

20 seats

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.

 

Spring 2017 courses in Arts Management and Administration

FA 362: Foundations in Arts Management

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:30 p.m.–5 p.m.

Where: MRH 2.604

Taught by arts leader Dr. Matt Hinsley (Executive Director of the Austin Classical Guitar Society), this class is about opening students’ minds to possibilities for the arts in the marketplace. For arts to serve, to inspire, to sell, to thrive. Overlaying three goals to learn about artistic disciplines, to learn about management techniques and to learn about UT resources for arts entrepreneurs, we hear from a wide variety of guests including professors from across campus, directors of major arts nonprofits and professionals in industries ranging from video game to film production, touring pop shows and Broadway.  The end result? You. Our final project is a refined vision of you as an arts professional. May be counted toward the transcripted minor in Arts Management and Administration.

 

FA 360 Big Shows: The Business of Producing Commercial Theater

When: Mondays, 6 p.m.–9 p.m.

Where: Location TBD

Taught by Broadway veteran and entrepreneur Natasha Davison, this course focuses on artistic production in the exciting and risky world of the commercial stage. What is involved in producing large-scale, live commercial entertainment?  From music festivals to theater spectaculars, from the financial disaster of Spiderman to the blockbuster success of Hamiltonthis course provides an overview of commercial entertainment fundamentals through case studies, engagement with guests from the entertainment industry, and examination of the business of show business; designed for those interested in arts, business and producing. *This class may NOT be counted toward the transcripted minor in Arts Management and Administration.

 

FA 368 Cultural Policy/Participation

When: Tuesdays  2 p.m.-5 PM

Where: SRH 3.314 

Taught by Professor Francie Ostrower, this course examines governmental and private policies, and structures that impact cultural production and participation. The class also considers rationales for and against public support for culture, how policies have both promoted and impeded cultural producers and consumers, advocacy efforts by organizations in the cultural sector, and relations between governmentalpolicy and private initiative. May be counted toward the transcripted minor in Arts Management in Administration. 

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing, or consent of instructor.

 

TD 354T Producing and Organizational Leadership

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

Where: WIN 1.164

Taught by professor Rusty Cloyes, this class combines the history, theory, principles and practices of management of arts and culture organizations with a broader study of questions of leadership. Students in this course apply study to project-based learning and a focus on writing and presentation skills to prepare for careers as future organizational leaders and managers. *This class may NOT be counted toward the transcripted minor in Arts Management and Administration.

 

FA 140 and FA 340 Internship Courses

Taught by Karen Munnelly, the Director of Professional Programs for the College of Fine Arts, these courses assist 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, and FA 340 requires 150 hours of internship work. Both classes have online and in-person components. May be counted toward the transcripted minor in Arts Management and Administration.