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.

View the degree requirements for the Minor in Arts Management and Administration.

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

Spring 2018 courses offered in Arts Management and Administration


Minor in Arts Management & Administration Courses that fulfill the 2016-2018 catalog requirements

FA 362/383 Foundations of Arts Management

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Matt Hinsely

WHEN: TTH 3:30-5:00PM

WHERE: MRH 2.604

UNIQUE FA 362: 18885

UNIQUE FA 383: 18905

Taught by Austin arts leader Dr. Matt Hinsley (Executive Director of the Austin Classical Guitar Society), this course applies entrepreneurship and leadership studies to assess the means by which art is delivered to communities and artists are paid. With the support and direct involvement of a wide variety of accomplished arts professionals, Foundations in Arts Management introduces students to a host of career opportunities, from event production to commercial media to arts-based social change work, to name a few. Working across for profit and nonprofit sectors, students in this course produce a portfolio from which to envision and implement a profession in the arts.

*FA 362 is required for all students pursuing the Minor in Arts Management an Administration.

FA 369/381 The Entrepreneurial Artist 

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Paul Bonin-Rodriguez

WHEN: TTH 3:30-5:00PM

WHERE: WIN 1.164

UNIQUE FA 369: 18887

UNIQUE FA 381: 18903

This course takes an experiential approach to learning effectual artist entrepreneurship. Effectual entrepreneurship is a decision-making strategy that focuses on a team’s resources and environment in the launching of a venture. The course’s desired outcome of arts entrepreneurial action is the establishment of a system to support the artist, their product and its distribution. In this class, you will launch an arts-based business venture. By doing such work, you will learn about opportunity recognition, customer/audience development, business planning, entrepreneurial finance, and other topics relevant to sustainable and self-directed careers in the arts.

*This course fulfills Skills and Experience Ethics & Leadership and Independent Inquiry Flag requirements.

FA 340 Fine Arts Internship 

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Karen Munnelly

WHEN & WHERE: Online

UNIQUE: 18880

Taught by Dr. Karen Munnelly, the Director of Professional Programs for the College of Fine Arts, this course offers curricular support to students’ internship work in a prominent arts and culture organizations. Students must have secured an internship prior to enrolling in the course. FA340 requires the student to complete 150 work hours at their internship.


Additional Arts Management & Administration Courses

The courses below are not included in the 2016-2018 catalog for the Minor in Arts Management and Administration, however they will be included in the 2018-2020 catalog.

FA 371 New Arts Journalism

INSTRUCTOR: Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

WHEN: TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM

WHERE: CLA 0.120

UNIQUE: 18888

Taught by award-winning arts journalist and editor Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, New Arts Journalism introduces students to the landscape, skills, and practices of contemporary arts journalism for print and online media in the United States. In addition to learning to write about the arts for a general readership, students will analyze today’s media platforms and learn to shape their work to be effective in multiple formats.

*This course fulfills a Skills and Experience Writing Flag requirement.

FA 371 Big Shows: Producing Commercial Theater

INSTRUCTOR: Natasha Davison

WHEN: M 6:00-9:00PM

WHERE: CLA 0.122

UNIQUE: 18882

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 Hamilton, this 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. Taught by Broadway veteran and entrepreneur Natasha Davison designed for those interested in arts, business and producing.

*This course fulfills a Skills and Experience Independent Inquiry Flag requirement.

FA 371 Producing Art in the Global World: Contexts and Strategies

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Cristóbal Bianchi

WHEN: TTH 12:30-2:00PM

WHERE: SZB 286

UNIQUE: 18886

Taught by renowned artist and scholar Dr. Cristobal Bianchi (casagrande collective), this course combines the critical study of community and socially-engaged art, large-scale installations, mixed media arts forms, activism and biogenetics with skill-building exercises to prepare arts professionals to operate ethically in international political, social and cultural contexts.

*This course fulfills a Skills and Experience Global Cultures Flag requirement.

FA 371 Festival & Event Management

INSTRUCTOR: Rusty Cloyes

WHEN: TTH 3:30-5:00PM

WHERE: WIN 1.108

UNIQUE: 18889

Led by experienced tour, festival, event, and theatrical stage manager, Rusty Cloyes, Festival and Event Management investigates what it takes to successfully and seamlessly run a festival or event from concept to completion. Guests will include directors and managers pulled from the extensive experience of festival and event production companies in Austin and New York City.

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: 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.