Arts Administration teaches students how to connect audiences to the arts within the context of a non-profit arts organization. Students learn fundraising, communications, marketing, financial management and programming skills while also pursuing a minor in the fine arts area of their choice.
Hands-on experiences are a critical element of an education in Arts Administration. Students majoring in Arts Administration at the University of Kentucky are required to complete an internship. In addition to helping students gain experience, internships encourage the practice of serving the community, a primary goal of arts organizations.
Arts Administration students must complete at least six credit hours of internship to graduate. Students in the Arts Administration Program have worked with local arts organizations, state companies and even nationally-known organizations.
Career opportunities in Arts Administration:
"I love the fact that it combines something I'm good at, business and marketing, with something I truly love, music and the arts. It's made me more involved on campus by getting me to go to Gallery Hops and working other events, and it opens the door to a world of opportunities after graduation."
Arts Administrators transform the arts. They apply dance, music, visual art and theatre in a way that is real, tangible and accessible. They are armed with an arsenal of savvy business knowledge, financial footwork, contemporary technologies and stellar communication skills. In its 25th year, UK’s Arts Administration program offers one of the most comprehensive curriculums in the country that will prepare students for the opportunities and challenges they will meet as an arts administrator. Our alumni can be found working in arts institutions throughout the country and abroad.
In addition to the Arts Administration curriculum, students are required to complete a minor in an area of the arts housed within the College of Fine Arts. Students will also complete 30 hours of UK Core. The College of Fine Arts additionally requires that all majors complete six hours of coursework outside their departments but within the College of Fine Arts and at least 39 hours of courses at or above the 300-level.
College of Fine Arts Minors:
All new students are admitted into the Arts Administration Program as Pre-Arts Administration. When the premajor requirements have been completed, students may apply for admission into full major status.
To be admitted into the Arts Administration Program as a major, an applicant must first:
Students meeting these requirements will be accepted as majors in the program. Applications for admission must be submitted before the end of the semester prior to a student taking an upper division Arts Administration course.
Art directors are responsible for the visual style and images in magazines, newspapers, product packaging, and movie and television productions. They create the overall design of a project and direct others who develop artwork and layouts.
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About 15 percent of art directors worked for advertising and public relations firms in 2014. Others worked for newspaper and magazine publishers, specialized design services firms, and motion picture and video industries. About half of art directors were self-employed in 2014.
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