Arts and culture are big business—and growing all the time.

Arts Administration combines art or music with communications, marketing or business studies to prepare students for a wide variety of rewarding careers in the world of arts, design and culture.

Our students combine their passion for the arts with business and communications skills that are in high demand. They put these to work at internships in museums, galleries, performing arts organizations, design firms and art studios. This winning combination opens doors to exciting careers in places like Boston, New York, London and Hong Kong. 

Students have the unique opportunity to enroll in AADM 236: ​The New York Institute, an intensive month-long study course held in Manhattan that introduces them to the New York art world.

You'll meet leaders in the field throughout your studies so you can discover the areas that interest you most in this highly personalized program.

Learn more about the Department of Art and Music

Program Requirements

Interdisciplinary Major in Arts Administration

The Department of Art and Music offers this interdepartmental major in conjunction with the Department of Communications and the Program in Management. The major provides an opportunity for students to prepare for careers in the arts - including management, finance, public relations, promotion and marketing, social media, art or music editing in museums or publishing houses, and management of public and corporate art activity, foundations, art galleries, and concert halls. A student may choose courses in art or music, depending upon their strengths and interests. Internship experience in one of these areas is an integral part of the major. The major offers a choice of emphasis on management, communications or digital communications. Departmental advising assists students in selecting the track appropriate for their career goals.


Students are required to take 52 semester hours including 32 in the Department of Art and Music and 20 in one of the three professional tracks as listed below.


Two out of four studio courses (students cannot choose both ART 138/COMM and ART/COMM 139):

  • ART 111 Draw What You See
  • ART 112 Color Studio
  • ART/COMM 138 The Poetry of Photography
  • ART/COMM 139 Color Photography CSI

In addition:

  • ART 141 Introduction to Art History: Egypt to the Renaissance
  • ART 142 Introduction to Art History: Baroque to the 20th Century
  • AADM 143 Boston Arts in Action
  • AADM 390 Arts in the Community (Internship and Seminar)
  • One elective in art history
  • MUS 120 Introduction to Music: The Middle Ages to Early Romanticism
  • MUS 121 Introduction to Music: Early Romanticism to the Present
  • AADM 143 Boston Arts in Action
  • AADM 390 Arts in the Community (Internship and Seminar)
  • Three electives in music history, theory, or performance

Select one of these three tracks: Management, Public Relations and Marketing, or Digital Communications:

Management Track

  • MGMT 100 Foundations of Business and Management
  • MGMT 238 Financial Aspects of Business
  • MGMT 250 Principles of Marketing
Electives (choose 2):
  • MGMT 221 Project Management
  • MGMT 223 Learning by Giving
  • MGMT 224 Socially Minded Leadership
  • MGMT 234 Organizational Communication and Behavior

Communications Track in Public Relations and Marketing

  • COMM 186 Introduction to PR and MarComm
  • MGMT 250 Principles of Marketing
  • COMM 281 Writing for PR and MarComm
Electives (choose 2):
  • COMM 265 Editing Copy and Proof
  • COMM 286/MGMT 232A Introduction to Advertising
  • COMM 323 Digital Cultures: Communication and Social Media
  • MGMT 230 Why We Buy (Consumer Behavior)
  • MGMT 231 Creating Brand Value
  • MGMT 234 Organizational Communication and Behavior
  • MGMT 238 Financial Aspects of Business
  • MGMT 335 Marketing Research

Digital Communications Track

  • CS 112 Introduction to Programming
  • COMM 210 Introduction to Graphic Design 
  • COMM 244 Web I: Design for the World Wide Web  
Electives (choose 2):
  • ART/COMM 139 Color Photography CSI*
  • ART/COMM 232 Advanced Digital Sandbox
  • COMM 323 Digital Cultures: Communications and Social Media 
  • COMM 333 Web II: Motion Graphics for the Web
  • CS 113 GUI and Event-Driven Programming
  • CS 333 Database Management Systems 
  • IT 320/CS 321 Web Services and Web-Centric Computing 
  • LIS 432 Concepts in Cultural Heritage Informatics (consent of the instructor)
  • LIS 446 Art Documentation (consent of the instructor)
  • LIS 435 Music Librarianship (consent of the instructor)

* ART/COMM 139 cannot be double-counted as a studio class for the major.

Minor Requirements

A Minor in Arts Administration may emphasize either music or art AND management or communications. 

AADM 143 and one other AADM course 

Two art history or two music courses

One course form the following: COMM 122, COMM 186, MGMT 100, and MGMT 110

Customize Your Program
Arts Administration is an interdisciplinary program with built-in flexibility that allows our students to tailor the program to their interests. Simmons also offers many dual-major and minor options. Your advisor will help you develop the best path to meet your goals.

We also offer a minor in Arts Administration for students majoring in other areas.
Internships and Research
Internships are a key component of the arts administration program. There are a myriad of opportunities to build your skills, résumé and mentoring relationships with arts organizations in Boston and beyond. 

Our students have recently found internship positions with world-class organizations like Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the Boston Ballet. 

    Heather Hole
    • Heather Hole
    • Assistant Professor of Art History and Director, Arts Administration Program
    • Phone: 617-521-2259
    • Office: C425
    Margaret Hanni
    • Margaret Hanni
    • Associate Professor and Department Chair, Art and Music
    • Phone: 617-521-2267
    • Office: C418
    Gregory Slowik
    • Gregory Slowik
    • Professor and Musical Director
    • Phone: 617-521-2266
    • Office: C419
    Colleen Kiely
    • Colleen Kiely
    • Associate Professor
    • Phone: 617-521-2298
    • Office: C425
    Edie Bresler
    • Edith Bresler
    • Professor of Practice - ARTM
    • Phone: 617-521-2988
    • Office: C423
    Bridget Lynch
    • Bridget Lynch
    • Associate Professor of Practice of Art, Director of the Trustman Art Gallery
    • Phone: 617-521-2204
    Kimberlee Cloutier Blazzard
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