Jun 13, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Performing Arts - Arts Administration, B.A.

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The concentration in Arts Administration combines studies in business and the arts with an emphasis in music, theatre, or an individualized option. Students are challenged to develop independent thinking as they engage the increasingly interdisciplinary world of the arts and art-producing organizations.

Over the course of study, students learn the basics of the field, but also develop expertise in their particular areas of interest whether it be running their own small performing arts space or writing grants for a large arts organization. As a result, our program is largely customizable, a strength given our small size, designed to combine student interest with opportunities after graduation. Project 3 is the capstone, where seniors culminate their time at UMF and also graduate with an experience/work that launches them into a career.

Total Major Requirements 42 Credits

Business Courses 18 Credits

The following THREE classes Total Credits: 9

Music Emphasis

  • 18 credits in MUS or MUH, chosen in consultation with the advisor, with no more than 6 credits at the 100 level Credits: 18

Theatre Emphasis

  • 18 credits in THE, chosen in consultation with the advisor, with no more than 6 credits at the 100 level. Credits: 18

Individualized Emphasis

  • 18 credits from BUS, ECO, MUH, MUS, and/or THE, with no more than eight credits at the 100 level, chosen in consultation with the advisor. Credits: 18

Other Requirements

General Education Requirements

For specific information about general education requirements and expectations, see the General Education Requirements  in the Academic Programs section of this catalog.

Graduation Requirements

Completion of at least 120 credits and all requirements for this specific program, with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.000.

Minimum Total Credits for The Degree: 120

Learning Goals and Assessment

Learning Goals:

The goals of the major are to provide students with:

  • A foundation in their area of interest (individualized/interdisciplinary arts, music, or theatre).
  • A foundation in key areas of business practice related to their area of interest within the field of arts administration.
  • A view of the arts that is current and connected to the challenges of our times and not hampered by disciplinary mindsets.
  • Strong writing skills across genres ranging from grant writing to social media


Assessment Criteria:

UMF students graduating with an Arts Administration concentration will:

  • Possess professional expertise in the arts, their area of emphasis (music or theatre), and business. 
  • Engage in thought and problem-solving that goes beyond disciplinary boundaries.
  • Exhibit the independence to create, manage their own projects, and work with others in community and organizational settings.
  • Demonstrate the ability to write effectively in multiple genres such as artist statements, research papers, and creative work.


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