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 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 enrolled in the 2016-18 and all subsequent degree catalogs.
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.
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
How to apply to the Minor in Arts Management and Administration
Students must have a UT GPA of 2.5 or above and completed 30 undergraduate credit hours to declare the minor.
View 16-18/18-20 University Catalog minor requirements and and additional information here.
View 20-22 University Catalog minor requirements and additional information here.
You can apply for the minor via UT’s minor and certificate application portal here.
A student's particular catalog typically corresponds to the year you first attended UT Austin. For example, current first-years are in the 20-22 degree catalog.
Students interested in entering the the MAMA minor program may contact Advising Director Chris Montes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring 2022 courses offered in Arts Management and Administration
FA 171 Creative Entrepreneurship-WB (20195)
INSTRUCTOR: Cam Houser
WHEN: M 4:00PM-7:00PM, the first 5 weeks of the semester (1/24-2/21)
Introduction to the creative process of starting a new company around your passion, and exploring the integration of entrepreneurship for creative industries. In this context, a creative entrepreneur is one who serves an industry with a creative output, such as design, arts and entertainment, music, architecture, food, fashion and textiles, theatre, and consumer product goods. This class intends to demystify the entrepreneurial process through hands-on, project-based learning.
*Note: FA 171 is a one-hour elective in the the Minor in Arts Management and Administration program. If you are wondering how this course can correspond to your official MAMA minor, please contact the minor program advisor Chris Montes.
FA 313C Engaging with the Arts from the Audience (20160)
INSTRUCTOR: Tim Rogers
WHEN: TTH 2:00pm - 3:30pm
WHERE: PAC 3.614
What makes art engaging? How do we actively engage with a performance? What can we learn about the art, and ourselves, from our responses to it? What is art, and who gets to decide?
Fine and pop art, tradition and experimentation, the familiar and unfamiliar, international and American creativity provide this course’s foundation. Students will attend performances and exhibitions, interact with artists, and examine core issues associated with the creative process in our increasingly complex global society. The instructors will lead students through visual arts, music, dance, and theatre experiences at Texas Performing Arts and elsewhere on the UT Campus to spark investigation and dialogue.
This course asks students to explore what it means to pay rigorous attention to others and themselves in the space of live performance, attending to how performances ask questions of us and about the world. Classroom activities will include discussion before and after each performance; readings about artistic movements and genres; exploration of the behind the scenes aspects of the performing arts; and opportunities to collaboratively prepare, present, and critically respond to other members of the course.
Note: Students in this class will need to attend numerous evening and weekend performances throughout the semester. If you have questions about when these will be, please contact Tim Rogers.
FA 340/640/940 Fine Arts Internship – WB (20170)
INSTRUCTOR: Calder Kamin
WHEN AND WHERE: Web-based
Taught by Calder Kamin, Fine Arts Career Services Manager, this course offers students curricular support with their work in a prominent arts and culture organization. FA 340 requires 150 hours of internship work. Students must have secured an internship in order to enroll in the course. The class is offered 100% online every semester. FA 340 may be counted toward the transcripted minor in Arts Management and Administration.
FA 362/383 Foundations of Arts Management (20195)
INSTRUCTOR: Carra Martinez
WHEN: TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM
WHERE: MRH 2.604
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 371 Arts and Community Service (20200)
INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Travis Marcum
WHEN: TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM
WHERE: MRH M3.114
The arts have the capacity to facilitate deep connection and community healing. Arts organizations are now prioritizing and funding programming that connects artists and teachers directly with individuals and communities experiencing challenges like homelessness, mental or physical health diagnoses, social/racial inequity, trauma, and others. This course is designed for students who want to use their creative skills to build a career that directly contributes to positive social change and the wellbeing of others. Led by Dr. Travis Marcum, enrollees will learn from national arts leaders about program building, artistic direction, and education for the greater good. Students will engage in collaborative creative projects and join local community organizations in action.
FA 371/381 Business of Entertainment (20205)
INSTRUCTOR: Natasha Davison
WHEN: M 5:00PM-8:00PM
WHERE: RLP 1.104
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.
FA 371 Money and Art (20215)
INSTRUCTOR: Peter Kahng
WHEN: TTH 2:00pm - 3:30pm
WHERE: MRH 4.116
Explore the secretive world of the high-end Fine Art market for the unique insights it provides into Economic Theory and Human Behavior.
This course will examine the world of high-end art, across classical, modern and contemporary art markets. It will explore the industry structure, participant behaviors and incentives of the market participants to uncover insights into traditional economic theory. The goal of the course is to look at practical applications of economic principals in the most secretive, aspirational industry in the world. As we remove underlying theoretical assumptions through the unique characteristics of the art market, we reveal insights into consumer behavior and human nature.
FA 371 Women in Entrepreneurship (20219)
INSTRUCTOR: Jan Ryan and Kendra Scott
WHEN: T 4:00PM-7:00PM
WHERE: Kendra Scott HQ
This class, co-taught by entrepreneurs / UT faculty members Jan Ryan and Kendra Scott, will immerse students in the core tenets of creating a new business from the point of view of the female founder. The course is designed to provide hands-on, tangible tools to equip and empower female entrepreneurs. Using a “live” case study of Kendra Scott, LLC, and with a blend of lectures, experiential exercises and guest speakers, the class will expose obstacles that women face in contemporary society, with strategies to overcome.
Targeted students are those who are interested in the female founder’s unique perspective, are curious about starting their own company, or who simply want to pursue an understanding of the entrepreneurial mindset. The goal of this class is to confront common gender biases and conditioning, and in the context of the entrepreneurial journey provide actionable advice to empower students to see larger possibilities for their career.
Classes will be held at the headquarters for Kendra Scott, LLC.
*Note: Students are allowed to enroll in this course only after an application process. Applications are available October 13-24 and can be found at https://utexas.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5tn9BYCK4yUrNJ4