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Arts Management

Bachelor of Science in Arts Management: Arts Management Major

The Bachelor of Science in Arts Management degree provides undergraduate students with the background and skills necessary to function in the management aspects of the arts industry. Students take coursework in arts marketing, finance, nonprofit management and leadership, law, and individual major selections which depend on a student's interests, along with courses in an area of arts specialization.

What kind of skills can I learn with this degree?

Arts management majors are prepared for exciting careers working side by side with top name talent, to bring their vision to the public in galleries, museums, arts education programs, performance venues, and more. Students learn the fundamentals of running arts organizations, while also choosing a specialization in a specific arts area (such as art history, studio art, music, theatre, dance, folklore and ethnomusicology, or anthropology). This area of specialization helps individualize the major to fit each student's interests. Graduates of this degree program are prepared to seek entry level careers in areas such as development and donor relations, marketing, audience development, public relations, artistic direction and programming, volunteer coordination, arts education, and advocacy.

What coursework do I need for an Arts Management degree?

Major Courses for Bachelor of Science in Arts Management

Important to Note: In Summer 2011, IUB implemented new General Education requirements.  Students already admitted to IUB prior to summer 2011 (even if they were not yet admitted to SPEA) will continue to follow our existing degree requirements; requirements for students admitted to IUB summer 2011 and later will utilize the new requirements that take the new campus GenEd into account.

General Education Requirements for students matriculating to IUB prior to summer 2011

General Education Requirements for students matriculating to IUB summer 2011 and later

How do I get into the Arts Management program?

The B.S. in Arts Management Degree requires a minimum of 120 hours. Each student must maintain a 2.7 (B-) overall grade point average in the core and major requirements as well as a 2.3 (C+) cumulative grade point average in all course work taken at Indiana University in order to graduate. (Note: these GPA requirements differ from other SPEA degree GPA requirements.) 

SPEA requires students applying to its undergraduate programs to have completed 26 credit hours and a maximum of 75 credit hours. Students are required to complete the introductory course SPEA-A 163 and have a cumulative GPA of 2.7 (B-). Students should apply for admission when they are enrolled in the preadmissions course SPEA-A 163.

The admissions process is competitive. Admission decisions are based on the student's GPAs (cumulative, admission course, and semester), application statement, and grade trends. Application deadlines are May 1 for fall admission and December 1 for spring admission.  More information about applying for admission to SPEA may be found here

What kind of a career could I expect with an Arts Management major?

SPEA is fortunate to have a dedicated Career Development Office to help you plan your career after SPEA.  Take a look at what real SPEA students have gone on to do with a major in Public and Nonprofit Management!

For additional information, see the Arts Administration website.