Arts Administration

Chair or Program Director: 

Caren Cunningham, MFA, Program Director
Norton Art Building 202, Phone 502.272.8222,


J. Richard Burchard, MM

The Arts Administration Program at Bellarmine University seeks to provide a practical interdisciplinary education that develops well-rounded students seeking employment in any of the arts disciplines as professional arts administrators. The degree provides an education in arts management and leadership based on strong foundation in the arts and in the context of increasing social, technological, and economic change. The program stresses the premise that art, education, and administration combined make a significant contribution to the total human endeavor.

The Arts Administration Program has the following 5 learning outcomes for the degree:

  1. Students should be prepared for a career in arts management or related arts/business field, or graduate study in arts administration.
  2. Students should understand organizational structure and function of both Non-Profit and For-Profit Arts Organizations.
  3. Students should demonstrate general knowledge of music, art and theater and more comprehensive knowledge of one of those arts.
  4. Students should develop skills in writing about the arts.
  5. Students should demonstrate understanding of Intellectual Property and Copyright Laws as they relate to Artist Contracts.

Developed to meet the growing demand for professionals in the field who possess strong business and communication skills coupled with artistic sensibilities, this program prepares the student for a future in management in the arts. Programs are designed to satisfy the student’s artistic orientation in fine arts, music, or theatre. Classroom experiences are enhanced by two required internships, which provide the student with practical work experience and an early entry into his or her chosen career path.

Students majoring in Arts Administration may select the Art Emphasis, Music Emphasis, or Theatre Emphasis.  Students may not earn a minor in the same area as their Arts Administration major emphasis.

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