Arts Administration

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.

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

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.

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 listed below.

Arts administration students can customize their major in two ways; they may choose between the Visual Arts and Music tracks, and they may choose a pre-professional track in Management, Public Relations and Marketing or Digital Communications.

Arts Administration Core Courses (required for all majors):

AADM 143 Boston Arts in Action 4
AADM 390 Seminar: Arts in the Community 8

Visual Arts Track:

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

ART 111 Draw What You See 4
ART 112 Color Studio 4
ART 138 The Poetry of Photography 4
ART 139 Color Photography CSI 4

Three art history courses:

ART 141 Introduction to Art History: Egypt toýThe Renaissance 4
ART 142 Introduction to Art History: Baroque to the 20th Century 4
One elective in art history

Music Track:

MUS 120 Introduction to Music: The Middle Ages to Early Romanticism 4
MUS 121 Making Music Modern 4
Three electives in music history, theory, or performance

Management Track:

Core:

MGMT 100 Foundations of Business & Management 4
MGMT 238 Financial Aspects of Business 4
MGMT 250 Marketing 4

Electives (choose 2):

MGMT 221 Project Management 4
MGMT 223 Learning by Giving 4
MGMT 224 Socially-Minded Leadership 4
MGMT 234 Organizational Communication and Behavior 4

Public Relations and Marketing Track:

Core:

MGMT 250 Marketing 4
COMM 186 Introduction to Public Relations and Marketing Communications 4
COMM 281 Writing for Public Relations and Integrated Marketing Communications 4

Electives (choose 2):

MGMT 230 Why We Buy 4
COMM 265 Editing Copy and Proof 4
COMM 286 Intro to Advertising 4
COMM 323 Digital Cultures: Communication and Social Media 4

Digital Communications Track:

Core:

CS 112 Introduction to Computer Science 4
COMM 210 Introduction to Graphic Design: Principles and Practice 4
COMM 244 Web I: Design for the World Wide Web 4

Electives (choose 2):

ART 139 Color Photography CSI 4
ART 232 Advanced Digital Workshop 4
COMM 333 Web II 4
COMM 323 Digital Cultures: Communication and Social Media 4
CS 113 Gui and Event-Driven Programming 4
CS 333 Database Management Systems 4
LIS 432 Concepts in Cultural Heritage_Informatics 3
LIS 446 Art Documentation 3
LIS 435 Music Librarianship 3

ART 139: cannot be double-counted as a studio class for the major

LIS 432, LIS 446, LIS 435: consent of the instructor

A minor in arts administration requires

AADM 143 Boston Arts in Action 4

And one other AADM course

Two art history or two music history courses

And one course from the following:

MGMT 100 Foundations of Business & Management 4
MGMT 238 Financial Aspects of Business 4
MGMT 250 Marketing 4
COMM 186 Introduction to Public Relations and Marketing Communications 4
COMM 210 Introduction to Graphic Design: Principles and Practice 4
COMM 244 Web I: Design for the World Wide Web 4
COMM 281 Writing for Public Relations and Integrated Marketing Communications 4

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.

So you know that Simmons is a great place to be, you've learned about our programs, maybe even come for a visit...now you're ready to apply! Let's get started.

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My dream is to have enough money and stability to create art freely and help the next generation of artists of color realize their dreams.

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Heather Hole

  • Associate Professor and Director Arts Administration Program