Log in

No account? Create an account
hi everyone, I'm brand new here. I have a question for you all and… - Arts Administration [entries|archive|friends|userinfo]

[ userinfo | livejournal userinfo ]
[ archive | journal archive ]

[Apr. 24th, 2006|09:13 pm]
hi everyone, I'm brand new here. I have a question for you all and I'm wondering if you guys can help me out.

I'm a high school student and in the past year or so I've gotten really interested in arts administration. I am a very, very serious dancer but I don't necessarily want to make dance my career in the future - I figure arts administration is a great way to involve myself in the arts and have a "real job" at the same time. My dance company director is an arts administrator for the Connecticut Ballet and used to be one for the New York City Ballet, so I am aspiring to working for something like that.

I would like to know of some colleges in the New York area with good Arts Administration programs - I'm trying to prepare myself well now (I have an internship at a local theatre lined up this summer, I involve myself in directing my dance company, muscicals, etc) but I would love to hear some more advice.

Thank you so much in advance!


[User Picture]From: suerocks
2006-04-25 01:26 am (UTC)
I can't suggest any colleges in the NY area...
I decided to go the Grad school route for an arts admin degree, after doing undergrad degrees in music and PR. And looking back, my advice would be to look into a business degree with a focus on nonprofit management, or maybe some sort of PR or marketing coursework. All these things will help you immensely in an arts career if you aren't able to find an arts admin program you like. You're making a great first step doing an internship at the theater! good luck with everything.
(Reply) (Thread)
From: ___beyourlove
2006-04-25 01:36 am (UTC)
thank you so so much for your advice! I really appreciate it.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: jennytenny
2006-04-25 01:35 am (UTC)
I am a Junior at Drew University in Madison, NJ right now. I'm an Anth major and an Art Administration minor. We're about 1/2 hour car ride outside of teh city and a 50minute train ride. We have a great Art program at Drew for Theater, Dance, Art and Music. You can check out our art programs at http://depts.drew.edu/art/

Look at the website and if you have any questions feel free to ask. Its not right in NYC, but we do offer a semester in NY on Art in the fall.

I hope this helped.
(Reply) (Thread)
From: ___beyourlove
2006-04-25 01:39 am (UTC)
thanks, I'll definitely check out the site. :)
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: speakyourtruth
2006-04-25 11:45 pm (UTC)
i'm also a drew graduate and would recommend the drew program ( i believe it's an arts admin minor). also, drew is great about study abroad programs - both internationally and spending semesters in nyc or elsewhere in the states.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
From: musicalpeep
2006-04-25 02:57 am (UTC)
I'm a Music Management major at the Hartt School, part of the University of Hartford in Connecticut. We're about a 2-hour drive from NYC.

Hartt offers 2 arts management majors: Performing Arts Management and Music Management. Performing Arts Management is a Bachelor of Arts degree; the coursework consists of business classes and coursework in your area of concentration (in your case, this could be dance, or theater). Music Management is a Bachelor of Music degree; the coursework consists of music classes (including private lessons and ensembles) and business classes. Although I want to work in theater administration, I'm a very serious flutist and the music requirements are what made me choose Music Management over Performing Arts Management. The business/arts management classes are basically the same for both majors... and a major graduation requirement is an internship. We have a neat program at a cozy, close-knit music school within a medium-sized university. I really like it here!

The following website sums up Hartt's management program:

Good luck with your college search!
(Reply) (Thread)
From: ___beyourlove
2006-04-25 07:09 pm (UTC)
I actually live in Connecticut about an hour away from Hartford and my choir director attended the Hartt school for a while, but I hadn't checked it out yet. I definitely will now. THANKS!
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: xthemtwx
2006-04-25 03:04 am (UTC)
I'm an Arts Admin major at Wagner College in NY (on Staten Island, 30 min ferry ride out of Manhattan) you should really check us out!

(Reply) (Thread)
From: yortikins
2006-04-25 04:57 am (UTC)
I recently transferred out of the Arts Admin program at Wagner in SI. I have very mixed feelings about the program. Let me know if you want more info. I'd rather not post it all in a public forum.
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: oboegoddess
2006-04-25 11:26 pm (UTC)
I'd like some more info on that. I'm not the original poster, but I'm looking at arts admin for grad school. My email is in my profile, if you want to email privately. Thanks!
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
From: yortikins
2006-04-26 04:46 am (UTC)
Oh the program at Wagner is actually Undergrad. One of the few in the country. They don't have a graduate program in Arts Admin. Sorry!
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
From: ___beyourlove
2006-07-08 06:01 pm (UTC)
I was just reading through these old comments, and I want to know more about Wagner...if you have a minute, I'd love for you to email me - nycjb215@earthlink.net. thanks so much.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: tiggermistyv
2006-04-25 07:19 pm (UTC)
I haven't studied Arts Admin, having gotten to this through the "life experience" route. But if I were to get a degree, I would definately want to study with Andrew Taylor at The Bolz Center for Arts Administration at University of Wisconsin.

He has a blog on Arts Journal about arts administration and I always find his thoughts to be both relevant and revelational! Check out his blog at:

Or course, Wisconsin is just a little further from New York than Connecticut!
(Reply) (Thread)
From: (Anonymous)
2006-05-28 12:57 pm (UTC)

Yeah...and undergrad degree in AA...don't...

It's the degree du jour. Get something liberal-artsy...theatre, music, etc. with some good business classes thrown in. And spend your time interning and/or working at a company. You don't need this degree, no matter what anyone tells you.

If you want it, get an masters in AA...BUT most GOOD programs (as in the top ones: NYU, Carnegie Mellon, SMU, UC-CCM, etc.) would much rather take someone who has actual experience...as in, not right after undergrad.

But you don't need the degree at all. I have a career in the field and am finishing a degree at one of the aforementioned schools. I don't need it, didn't do a thing for my life. I am just a degree whore.
(Reply) (Thread)
From: (Anonymous)
2009-05-19 07:31 am (UTC)


This website will tell all for undergrad and graduate schools related to Arts Admin.

Good Luck!!
(Reply) (Thread)