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Arts Administration

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Students gain skills in the non-profit and for-profit sectors through courses at the Lindner College of Business.


The MA/MBA track offers a wide variety of courses in both Arts Administration and Business, aiming to give students a comprehensive view of the arts sector, nonprofit, for-profit and global business environments.

View course requirements for degree programs and class offerings in the area of Arts Administration below: 

MA/MBA Curriculum
MA in Arts Administration

Cognate Information for DMA Students

Cognate Application Process and Information – CCM Arts Administration Department

The cognate consists of five courses plus an internship for a minimum of 15 credits. There are several forms that you will have to fill out in order to complete the process officially.


-          Bio and Contact Sheets (available at the Arts Admin Office Corbett 3812 and, once completed, should be returned there to one of the Arts Admin GAs)

-          Cognate Form (available at the CCM College Office – a copy of which needs to be returned, once complete, to the one of the Arts Admin GAs)

-          Independent Study White Form and Green Add/Drop Form (you will need these forms for when you take credits for your Independent Study/Part-Time Internship – these forms are also available at the CCM College Office)

-          Resume, submitted with cognate form


Introduction to Arts Administration for Non Majors* AADM 6060 (4G) – Offered in the fall


Introduction to Arts Administration* AADM 7071 (4G) – Offered in the fall

Introduction to Nonprofit Financial Management AADM 7080 (2G) – Offered in the fall

Programming and Operations I AADM 7098 (2G) - Offered in the fall; must take Introduction to Arts Administration first or at same time


Programming and Operations II AADM 7099 (2G) – Offered in the spring; must take Introduction to Arts Administration first or at the same time

Marketing and Development AADM 7088 (4G) – Offered in the spring

Current Issues Forum AADM 8070 (0-1G) – Offered in the fall and spring

Independent Study/Part-Time Internship AADM 7056 for 2-3 credits – available in the fall, spring, or summer

Additional Information:

You must meet with an Arts Administration professor, either Jean Hamilton or Rebecca Bromels, before registering as cognate to ensure this field is appropriate and all requirements are being met. 

Arts Administration Courses for Non-Majors

Available to both Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Check UC OneStop for date and time availability.

Managing a Professional Performance Career, 2 credits

Examination of practical career management issues in the professional performance arena, including resumes, marketing and promotion, taxes and unions. Aimed primarily at instrumental and voice students contemplating professional performance careers. Topics also include personal & business financial management, creation of career plans, strategies for success, networking skills, career options, fund raising and grants.

Introduction to Arts Administration for Non-Majors, 4 credits

This course offers an introduction to the theory and practice of American not-for-profit arts administration/management. The course opens with an introduction to the not-for-profit profit sector. The not-for-profit arts sector is then examined in this context. The second section of the course consists of an overview of the principles & practice of not-for-profit arts administration/management. The topics of mission, governance & leadership, human resources, strategic & financial management and the development of revenue resources to support mission are covered. Through readings, lectures and class discussions, students will apply those principles to the case study of an actual organization and, time permitting, will model the creation of an organizational plan outline for a small not-for-profit performing arts organization.