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
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
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
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
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
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
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.