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Arts Administration B.A.

UMD Art and Design, Dept of
College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2022
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 88
  • Internships and Externships in the arts fields will take place locally and abroad. The Duluth Art Institute, Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, Renegade Theater, the Duluth Playhouse, Chanhassen Dinner Theater, PrÝve Gallery in Duluth, the Tweed Museum, Glensheen Historic Estate, and our relationships with music, theater and arts programs in Worcester, England, Lyon, France, and new relationships with the University of Birmingham, England are among the many locales and organizations we are working with for the externships.
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
The Bachelor of Arts in Arts Administration provides preparation for students seeking careers in the administration and management of arts programs, organizations, foundations, and arts-related industries and companies. Arts administrators are responsible for facilitating the day-to-day operations of an organization as well as implementing goals and strategies that fulfill a specific mission or underlying philosophy. Arts organizations include non-profits such as dance companies, theatres, museums, symphony orchestras, cultural centers, and arts training schools; all ranging in size and geographic region. Related for-profit industries include art galleries, touring companies, and performance venues. Duties of an arts administrator may include staff management, marketing oversight, budget management, public relations and cross-sector collaboration, fundraising and grant writing, program development and assessment, board development and arts advocacy. Coursework combines business management, marketing, and administration both in business and the arts with experiences in arts practice. Additional coursework in the academic departments of the College of Liberal Arts prepares students for the specific field of leadership in organizations for the arts.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
A GPA above 2.0 is preferred for the following:
  • 2.60 already admitted to the degree-granting college
  • 2.60 transferring from another University of Minnesota college
  • 2.60 transferring from outside the University
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
The Board of Regents, on recommendation of the faculty, grants degrees from the University of Minnesota. Requirements for an undergraduate degree from University of Minnesota Duluth include the following:
  1. Students must meet all course and credit requirements of the departments and colleges or schools in which they are enrolled including an advanced writing course. Students seeking two degrees must fulfill the requirements of both degrees. However, two degrees cannot be awarded for the same major.
  2. Students must complete all requirements of the Liberal Education Program.
  3. Students must complete a minimum of 120 semester credits.
  4. At least 30 semester credits must be earned through UMD, and 15 of the last 30 degree credits earned immediately before graduation must be awarded by UMD.
  5. Students must complete at least half of their courses at the 3xxx-level and higher at UMD. Study-abroad credits earned through courses taught by UM faculty and at institutions with which UMD has international exchange programs may be used to fulfill this requirement.
  6. If a minor is required, students must take at least three upper division credits in their minor field from UMD.
  7. For certificate programs, at least 3 upper-division credits that satisfy requirements for the certificate must be taken through UMD. If the program does not require upper division credits students must take at least one course from the certificate program from UMD.
  8. The minimum cumulative UM GPA required for graduation will be 2.00 and will include only University of Minnesota coursework. A minimum UM GPA of 2.00 is required in each UMD undergraduate major and minor. No academic unit may impose higher grade point standards to graduate.
  9. Diploma, transcripts, and certification will be withheld until all financial obligations to the University have been met.
Program Requirements
Learning in Community (1 cr)
Requirement will be waived for transfer students with at least 30 credits taken post high school, for UMD students who started in a UMD collegiate unit where this is not required, and upon request for first-year students with 30 PSEO credits.
UST 1000 - Learning in Community (1.0-2.0 cr)
or EHS 1000 - Into the World [GLOBAL PER] (3.0 cr)
or ES 1000 - Global Cultural Perspectives on Environmental Sustainability [GLOBAL PER] (3.0 cr)
or LING 1000 - Language and Culture in the U.S. What does it Mean to Speak American [CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
or PSY 1100 - Living Your Best Life: Applying Positive Psychology [CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
Lower Division (6 cr)
FA 1001 - Introduction to Arts Administration (1.0 cr)
FA 2001 - Education Programming and Community Impact for Arts Organizations (3.0 cr)
FA 2200 - Observations in Arts Organizations (2.0 cr)
Upper Division (9 cr)
FA 3001 - Development for the Arts (3.0 cr)
FA 3002 - Managing Arts Organizations (3.0 cr)
FA 3003 - Seminar in Current Trends and Issues in Arts Administration (3.0 cr)
Internships (18 cr)
FA 3200 - Internship I in Arts Organizations (6.0 cr)
FA 4200 - Internship II/Externship in Arts Organizations (12.0 cr)
Fine Arts Requirements (9 cr)
Take 9 or more credit(s) from the following:
Drawing & Design
· ART 1010 - Drawing I [FINE ARTS] (3.0 cr)
or ART 1011 - 2-D Design (3.0 cr)
or ART 1013 - 2-D Digital Design (3.0 cr)
· Visual Art
· ART 1900 - Visual Literacy [LE CAT, FINE ARTS] (3.0 cr)
or ARTH 2390 - US Art and Visual Culture in the 20th Century [LE CAT, LECD C, HUMANITIES, CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
· Music
· MU 1001 - Introduction to Music [LE CAT, FINE ARTS, GLOBAL PER] (3.0 cr)
· Dance & Theatre
· TH 1001 - Introduction to Theatre Arts [LE CAT, FINE ARTS] (3.0 cr)
or DN 1001 - Introduction to the World of Dance [LE CAT, FINE ARTS, GLOBAL PER] (3.0 cr)
Fine Arts Electives (9 cr)
Take 9 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ART 1xxx
· ART 2xxx
· ART 3xxx
· ART 4xxx
· ARTH 1xxx
· ARTH 2xxx
· ARTH 3xxx
· ARTH 4xxx
· DN 1xxx
· DN 2xxx
· DN 3xxx
· DN 4xxx
· MU 1xxx
· MU 2xxx
· MU 3xxx
· MU 4xxx
· TH 1xxx
· TH 2xxx
· TH 3xxx
· TH 4xxx
Communication (6 cr)
A sequence of two world language courses at the beginning, intermediate, or advance level may substitute for COMM 1112 and 1222. Must be two courses, 6 - 8 credits within the same language.
COMM 1112 - Public Speaking [LE CAT, COMM & LAN] (3.0 cr)
COMM 1222 - Interpersonal Communication [LE CAT, LECD C, COMM & LAN] (3.0 cr)
Pre-Business Core (12 cr)
ACCT 2005 - Survey of Accounting [LE CAT] (3.0 cr)
ECON 1003 - Economics and Society [LE CAT, SOC SCI] (3.0 cr)
ECON 2030 - Applied Statistics for Business and Economics [LOGIC & QR] (3.0 cr)
MIS 2201 - Information Technology in Business (3.0 cr)
Business Core (15 cr)
FIN 3601 - Corporate Finance (3.0 cr)
MGTS 3301 - Production and Operations Management (3.0 cr)
MGTS 3401 - Organizational Behavior and Management (3.0 cr)
MGTS 3801 - Human Resource Management (3.0 cr)
MKTG 3701 - Principles of Marketing (3.0 cr)
Advanced Writing (3 cr)
Advanced Writing 31xx
 
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UST 1000 - Learning in Community
Credits: 1.0 -2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: EHS 1000/UST 1000/ ES 1000
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Facilitates the successful transition into college learning and student life at UMD. Credit will not be granted if already received for EHS 1000.
EHS 1000 - Into the World (GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: EHS 1000/UST 1000/ ES 1000
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course fulfills the UST 1000 requirement. Facilitates the transition into college learning and student life at UMD and the College of Education and Human Service Professions. Introduces the promise and peril of global challenges in the 21st century and relates these challenges to local communities. pre-req: 1st semester CEHSP student
ES 1000 - Global Cultural Perspectives on Environmental Sustainability (GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course fulfills the UST 1000 requirement. This course explores the global cultural context of sustainability while facilitating the successful transition into college learning and student life at UMD. Examine the topic of environmental sustainability through the context of global culture and affairs. Explore different cultural approaches to solving environmental issues, compare and contrast these approaches with those taken in the US. Investigate the concept of outsourcing with respect to the peoples and ecosystems that are impacted by the practice. pre-req: less than 30 credits earned
LING 1000 - Language and Culture in the U.S. What does it Mean to Speak American (CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course fulfills the UST 1000 requirement. Facilitate the successful transition into college learning and student life at UMD while simultaneously fulfilling other core requirements. Examine the topic of Cultural Diversity in the US through the context of language and dialect in American. Explore the impact language as on the broad spectrum of American culture, and conversely, the ways in which various American cultures and their diverse heritages have influenced the many ways language is spoken in the United States., Investigate concepts of linguistic competency, perceptions and biases toward language, power structures manifested in language, and influences of class, rae, ethnicity, and heritage on spoken language. Pre-req: less than 30 credits
PSY 1100 - Living Your Best Life: Applying Positive Psychology (CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course fulfills the UST 1000 requirement. Facilitate the successful transition into college learning and student life at UMD; applications of positive psychology across cultures and positive behavior change; the examination of diverse perspectives in positive psychology; the promotion of student well-being, community and inclusivity, and time- and stress-management techniques. pre-req: less than 30 credits
FA 1001 - Introduction to Arts Administration
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
First semester orientation into arts administration, including current trends, broad overview of topics in the field, and initial preparation for arts-specific management internships. pre-req: Arts Administration major or instructor consent
FA 2001 - Education Programming and Community Impact for Arts Organizations
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Educational Programming and Community Impact for Arts Organizations examines effective strategies for developing and administering educational programming, events, and community and school partnerships. Through case studies and creative exercises, learn how to leverage arts organizations' development, professional practice, educational programming and public outreach to demonstrate the impact of arts organizations on social change and community development. pre-req: Arts Administration major and FA 1001
FA 2200 - Observations in Arts Organizations
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Observations in Arts Organizations is the preliminary experience in field work for Arts Administration majors. Through short-term placement in regional arts organizations, students observe the day-today operations and decision-making of arts organizations. pre-req: Arts Administration major and/or consent, FA 1001
FA 3001 - Development for the Arts
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Development for the Arts examines arts-specific development topics including donor development, grant writing, fundraising, event-based development strategy, and arts-specific development campaigns including donation of works of art. pre-req: Arts Administration major and FA 1001
FA 3002 - Managing Arts Organizations
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Managing Arts Organizations examines the differences between non-profit management principles and those utilized in other industries, arts-specific functions and operational procedures including copyright and performing artist management protocol, dealing with artist management, budgeting, ticket sales and pricing, art collection management, season planning and promotion, working with unionized labor in facilities, physical space management, and application of development activities to planning and executing events. pre-req: Arts Administration major, FA 1001 MGTS 3401
FA 3003 - Seminar in Current Trends and Issues in Arts Administration
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Seminar in Current Trends and Issues in Arts Administration examines societal and business trends that drive conversation, collaboration, development, artistic vision, and future planning in arts organizations. Topics covered in this course include but are not limited to: gnder and race equity expressed through art, promotion of social justice in arts organizations through programming and collaboration, current trends in legal issues in art including copyright, digital distribution and historical gender bias. The topic and content of the course will change and adapt to relevant issues in the arts and its organizations. pre-req: Arts Administration major and FA 1001
FA 3200 - Internship I in Arts Organizations
Credits: 6.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Internship I in Arts Organizations is the first of two embedded internship courses for Arts Administration majors. Internship I provides a placement in an arts organization equaling 240 hours of work in the field experiences business management practices, organizational structure, planning and execution of arts organization events, and resource allocation. pre-req: Arts Administration major, FA 1001, 2001, 2200, 3001, 3002, 3003 and instructor consent
FA 4200 - Internship II/Externship in Arts Organizations
Credits: 12.0 [max 12.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Internship II/Externship in Arts Organizations is the second of two embedded internship courses for Arts Administration majors and the capstone program. Internship II/Externship provides a placement in an arts organization equaling 480 hours of work in the field, experiencing business management practices, organisational structure, planning and execution of arts organization events, and resource allocation. Internship II/Externship is a full-time placement and may include placement in organization in other countries. pre-req: FA 3200 and instructor consent, no grad credit
ART 1010 - Drawing I (FINE ARTS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to the drawing experience and problems concerned with translation of three-dimensional visual experience into two-dimensional form. prereq: preArt or Art BA or Arts Admin BA or preArt Educ K-12 or Art Educ K-12 BFA or Art History BA or preGraphic Design or Graphic Design BFA or preStudio Art or Studio Art BFA or Theatre-Costume Design BFA or Art minor or instructor consent
ART 1011 - 2-D Design
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to two-dimensional design through study of design elements and principles, including visual organization and color theory and their application in various media. prereq: preArt or Art BA or Art Admin BA or preArt Educ K-12 or Art Ed K-12 BFA or Art History BA or preGraphic Design or Graphic Design BFA or preStudio Art or Studio Art BFA or preMarketing & Graphic Design or Marketing & Graphic Design BBA or Art Min or instructor consent
ART 1013 - 2-D Digital Design
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Two-dimensional studio and graphic design concepts using the computer as a creative tool. Instruction presented only on the macOS. prereq: preArt or Art BA or Art Admin BA or preArt Educ K-12 or Art Ed K-12 BFA or Art History BA or preGraphic Design or Graphic Design BFA or preStudio Art or Studio Art BFA or preMarketing & Graphic Design or Marketing & Graphic Design BBA or Art Min or Arts in Media Min or Photo Min or instructor consent
ART 1900 - Visual Literacy (LE CAT, FINE ARTS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Various forms of visual expression--art, commercial imagery, typography, architecture, graffiti, etc.--as rhetoric. Introduction to variety of theories and/or modes of criticism, and consideration of their value for explanation of visual expression. prereq: Credit will not be granted if already received for 2900
ARTH 2390 - US Art and Visual Culture in the 20th Century (LE CAT, LECD C, HUMANITIES, CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course offers an introduction to US art and visual culture - including architecture, painting, photography, sculpture, advertising, and performance art - from the 20th century, with some additional contextualization from the 19th century. More than simply offering a survey of stylistic changes over time, the class explores the social and political meanings of art. Students will acquire the tools necessary to analyze what art reveals about the nation's values and beliefs. While offering students exposure to a range of issues that are of critical concern to American society, the course will pay particular attention to questions surrounding gender, race, and ideology.
MU 1001 - Introduction to Music (LE CAT, FINE ARTS, GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
The course aims to allow students to develop life-long skills of focused listening with an emphasis on the appreciation of music that reflects the underlying social and geo-political situations of composers from around the world in both today's world and previous eras. prereq: Not for music majors or minors
TH 1001 - Introduction to Theatre Arts (LE CAT, FINE ARTS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Appreciation of theatre arts. Developing sensitivity and critical sophistication as articulate, discriminating theatregoers. Play viewing, play reading, critiques, and term projects.
DN 1001 - Introduction to the World of Dance (LE CAT, FINE ARTS, GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
The course will foster appreciation for and deepen understanding of the varied styles, forms and functions of dance. By looking at dance from multiple perspective-historical, cultural, political, social , aesthetic - the course demonstrates the range of roles that dance plays in how we look at ourselves,m others and tour world. Course activities will include reading, video, discussion and lecture, and movement experiences.
COMM 1112 - Public Speaking (LE CAT, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Comm 1112/1511
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Application of the theoretical bases of rhetoric to the public speaking situation.
COMM 1222 - Interpersonal Communication (LE CAT, LECD C, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Analysis of the role communication plays in interpersonal relationships.
ACCT 2005 - Survey of Accounting (LE CAT)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Survey of Accounting provides an overview of fundamental concepts and procedures in financial and managerial accounting. The emphasis is on helping students to develop a basic understanding of the contexts of accounting reports provided to decision makers. Credit cannot be applied toward the BAcc or BBA degree programs or the Accounting minor.
ECON 1003 - Economics and Society (LE CAT, SOC SCI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
General description of U.S. economy and analysis of contemporary economic problems. Introduction to major economic issues and problems of the day, providing a simple framework used by economists for analysis. prereq: Cannot apply credit to economics major or minor or BAc or BBA majors
ECON 2030 - Applied Statistics for Business and Economics (LOGIC & QR)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introduction to modern business statistics, emphasizing problem solving applications through statistical decision making using case studies. Topics include organization and presentation of data, summary statistics, distributions, statistical inference including estimation, and hypothesis testing. prereq: minimum 30 credits, LSBE student, pre-business or pre-accounting or Econ BA major or Graphic Design and Marketing major or Graphic Design with Marketing subplan major or Econ minor or Accounting minor or Business Admin minor or Arts Administration; credit will not be granted if already received for Econ 2020, Stat 1411, Stat 2411, Stat 3611, Soc 3151, Psy 3020
MIS 2201 - Information Technology in Business
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: FMIS 2201/1201/3201/CS 1011
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to information technology (IT) concepts: computer hardware and software; use of personal productivity tools (spreadsheet, database, and presentation software); system development processes; Web technologies; applications of IT in business processes. prereq: LSBE major or minor student or Graphic Design and Marketing major or Graphic Design with Marketing subplan major or Computer Information Systems majors or minors, or Arts Administration, minimum 15 credits or college consent; credit will not be granted if already received for FMIS 2201
FIN 3601 - Corporate Finance
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Fundamental concepts of managerial financial decision making. Time value of money, valuation, risk and return, financial statement analysis, short-run financial management, capital budgeting, cost of capital, long-term financing, and corporate taxation. prereq: LSBE candidate or approved non-LSBE business administration minor or approved Finance minor or college consent; credit will not be granted if already received for FMIS 3601
MGTS 3301 - Production and Operations Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introductory survey of production and operations as a functional area of management, including operations strategy, process design, forecasting, resource allocation, inventory management, scheduling, quality management, and project management. Computer applications of quantitative techniques to support operations decision making. prereq: LSBE candidate or approved non-LSBE business administration minor or college consent; credit will not be granted if already received for FMIS 3301
MGTS 3401 - Organizational Behavior and Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to organizations, management processes, and understanding human behavior at work. Covers the effects of the external environment, organizational structure, job design, teams, and leadership on employees, attitudes, motivation, and behavior. prereq: LSBE candidate or management minor or approved Organizational Management minor or college consent
MGTS 3801 - Human Resource Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to theory and practice of human resource management in private and public organizations. Organizational, legal, and ethical influences on major personnel functions, including planning, staffing, training, performance appraisal, compensation, and labor-management relations. prereq: LSBE candidate or approved non-LSBE business administration or approved non-LSBE HRM minors or college consent
MKTG 3701 - Principles of Marketing
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Marketing as a process of exchange management. Emphasis on conceptual tools necessary to deal with both strategic marketing management issues and tactical management of product, price, promotion, and distribution. prereq: LSBE candidate or non-LSBE Marketing minor or approved non-LSBE business administration minor or college consent