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The Arts Management Program: Courses

1000–2999 (lower level, freshman–sophomore)
3000–4999 (upper level, junior–senior)


Title and description revised and prerequisite added Fall 2015 (3/13/15):
Fundamentals of Arts Management
AMG 1100
/ 4 credits / Every semester
This introductory survey provides an overview of arts management, preparing students for upper-level courses in the arts management program. Topics include arts leadership and management philosophy, organizational structure, financial practices, strategic planning and programming, marketing and public relations, funding and capitalization, volunteerism, and arts and entertainment law. Attention is given to the application of management principles common to arts organizations in both the nonprofit and commercial sectors.
Prerequisite: At least 4 credits in literary, performing, or visual arts history, theory, or practice
Former title: Introduction to Arts Management

Creative Producing
AMG 2060
/ 4 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
A student-centered course in which teams collaborate to explore the creative process by envisioning a nonprofit performing or visual arts organization, conceiving it from mission statement to the first body of work. As projects progress, students develop innovative and critical thinking skills while applying basic principles of arts management to sustain their ventures in today’s cultural environment.
Prerequisite: AMG 1100 or permission of instructor

Arts and Entertainment in Economics
ECO 2085
Refer to Economics Courses (School of Natural and Social Sciences) for description. Formerly also offered as AMG 2085.

Finance for the Arts
AMG 2200
/ 4 credits / Every semester
To do more than survive in a competitive economy, artists and their managers must learn business strategies for the financial side of their profession. Students are introduced to the basics of budgets, financial management, and accounting concepts that translate into usable information with practical significance for financial decision-making.
Prerequisite: Math fluency

Renowned Arts Leaders of 20th-Century Theatre and Dance
AMG 2250
/ 4 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
An in-depth look at six originators of theatre and dance: Zelda Fichandler, Arena Stage; Hal Prince, Broadway; Joseph Papp, Public Theatre; Lincoln Kirstein, New York City Ballet; Harvey Lichtenstein, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM); and Alvin Ailey, Alvin Ailey Dance Company. Students choose leaders in theatre or dance to research and then present in oral and written formats.

Added Spring 2016 (3/12/15), prerequisite added 9/29/15:
Communicating the Arts
AMG 2300
/ 3 credits / Every semester
The ability to communicate effectively is frequently ranked by business leaders worldwide as the most important skill for achieving success. This course develops the written, presentation, and interpersonal skills needed to advance career and business objectives in arts management. Assignments build familiarity and practice in internal and external communication tools and tactics common for informing, engaging, and influencing diverse stakeholders.
Prerequisite: AMG 1100

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Making the Case for the Arts
AMG 3010
/ 3 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
Communicating the power of the arts to enhance the lives of individuals and transform communities is central to the success of today’s arts leaders, educators, and practitioners. Students explore U.S. cultural policy, law, social values, and market forces affecting the arts and entertainment industry as they develop a theoretical framework and advocacy skills to support arts participation as a fundamental human right.
Prerequisite: AMG 1100 or permission of instructor

Title, description, and prerequisite revised Fall 2015 (3/13/15):
Funding the Arts
AMG 3100
/ 4 credits / Every semester
An introduction to fund development for growing and sustaining businesses in the arts. Topics include prospect research, proposal development, special events, corporate sponsorship, capitalization, and Internet-based fundraising. Students also examine the history of U.S. arts and cultural philanthropy. Guest speakers and case studies give students an opportunity to apply concepts and techniques to real-world arts organizations.
Prerequisite: AMG 1100, and AMG 2200 or ECO 2085, or permission of instructor
Former title: Fundraising and Development in the Arts

Added Spring 2014 (9/09/13); description revised Spring 2016 (9/29/15):
Introduction to Independent Producing
AMG 3150
/ 4 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
How does someone become an indie filmmaker? Students learn what it takes to produce their own work for film. Topics include building and maintaining healthy collaborations, pitching a script, cultivating investors, casting/staffing, budgeting, marketing, outreach and strategic communications, audience development, distribution, festivals, and crowd-funding platforms. Guest indie producers share their trade secrets for success.
Prerequisite: AMG 1100

Arts and Entertainment Law
AMG 3170
/ 4 credits / Every semester
An introduction to fundamental legal and business concepts that affect artists and arts managers, with emphasis on copyright protection and infringement. Students study and analyze artist agreements, amendment protections for symbolic and literal speech and the limits to those protections, the basics of contract law and statutory protection for artists, and the terms and nature of business relationships, plus other important areas of the law that affect the arts community.
Prerequisite: AMG 1100 or permission of instructor

Performing Arts Management
AMG 3400
/ 4 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
Students contemplate the question “How does arts management complement performing artists in the 21st century?” Analyzing best practices, students explore management methodologies that affect what happens on the stage. Topics include general management, nonprofit and for-profit company management, presenting (programming), facilities management, touring logistics, labor relations, and human resources.
Prerequisite: AMG 1100

Added Spring 2016 (9/22/16):
Managing Artists
AMG 3450
/ 3 credits / Every year
Provides students with an understanding of the occupations and career paths associated with managing creative artists, structures and processes in talent management, and strategies for developing and maintaining an artist/manager business relationship. Geared toward students with an interest in launching an agency or working within an existing firm, and toward individual artists with an interest in self-management.
Prerequisite: AMG 1100 and 3170

Description revised Spring 2015 (5/20/14):
Marketing the Arts
AMG 3520
/ 4 credits / Every semester
Provides an overview of fundamental marketing concepts and strategies relevant to promoting artists, events, and creative products. Topics include market research, audience development, traditional advertising, digital campaigns, public relations, branding, strategic partnerships, and grassroots initiatives. Using real-world examples and current trends, students develop foundational knowledge of the theory and practice of arts marketing.
Prerequisite: AMG 1100 or permission of instructor

Title modified 9/10/14; credits decreased from 4 to 3 Fall 2015 (5/04/15):
Visual Arts Management I
AMG 3535
/ 3 credits / Every semester
Students learn the fundamentals of operating commercial art galleries, including curating, artist contracts, and developing client relationships. Additional topics include connoisseurship, detecting fakes in the secondary (antique) art market, and the current regimen of high-profile art fairs. Texts, class discussions, and practical assignments are applicable to a wide variety of visual arts–based careers.
Prerequisite: AMG 1100 or permission of instructor
Formerly offered as AMG 3530/Gallery Management (through Fall 2013).

Added Spring 2015 (9/10/14):
Visual Arts Management II: Curatorship and Connoisseurship
AMG 3540
/ 3 credits / Spring
A close study of important trends in the evolving field of visual arts management and the art market. Students develop curatorial skills for exhibiting and contextualizing artists and their artworks. The problems of the secondary market are also examined, in particular the current crisis in attribution and the problem of forgery.
Prerequisite: AMG 3535 and one art history course, or permission of instructor

Business Planning
AMG 3550
/ 4 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
An introduction to the concept of and processes involved in strategic and business planning for arts organizations. Students review examples of completed plans and work on developing, from initiation to completion, a plan in class.
Prerequisite: AMG 1100; ECO 2085 or AMG 2200; AMG 3100 and 3520

Prerequisite removed Spring 2015 (11/17/14):
Social Media and the Arts
AMG 3610
/ 4 credits / Every semester
A hands-on approach to creating social media marketing campaigns. Topics include Facebook, Twitter, blogging, YouTube and viral videos, SEO (search engine optimization), SEM (search engine marketing), and virtual realities, as well as integration strategies and tactics. Viral theories, trends, and case studies are also explored.

Discontinued Spring 2016 (9/22/15):
Structures and Revolutions of Culture
AMG 3650
/ 2 credits / Spring
A study of the power structures, ideology, and shifting environmental factors underlying the evolution of the cultural economy, defined in its broadest sense: the arts, entertainment, sports, and tourism. Designed to provide theoretical context for the innovative and strategic work of today’s cultural managers, topics include gatekeepers, tastemakers, the canon, and the dichotomies of high and low art.

Discontinued Fall 2014 (3/26/14):
Arts Management Internship and Seminar
AMG 3780 / 4 credits / Every semester
Students’ leadership and team skills are developed through the production, promotion, and administrative support of arts events hosted on campus. In addition to the hours required for the internship, students attend monthly seminars exploring innovative solutions to common challenges facing today’s arts managers. To register for this course, students must obtain an Internship Program Learning Contract from the Career Development Center.
Prerequisite: 30 credits, including AMG 1100

Discontinued Spring 2016 (9/22/15):
Commercial Theatrical Producing
AMG 3800
/ 4 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
Students learn how to commercially produce a play or musical. Topics include optioning, finding investors, creating a collaborative team, casting/staffing, budget planning, royalty structures, rehearsal periods, marketing and audience development, press relations, opening nights, maintaining the quality of the production, and touring potential. Guest professional producers describe how their shows were developed, marketed, and reviewed.
Prerequisite: WRI 1110 or permission of instructor

Reinstated Spring 2015 (5/24/14), description revised again 10/15/14; frequency changes from spring to every semester effective Fall 2016 (3/12/15):
Arts Management Junior Seminar
AMG 3880
/ 2 credits / Every semester
Prepares students for their senior project by strengthening analytic, writing, and research skills, as they develop an understanding of and proficiency in case-study business analysis. Students define an entity or industry suitable for study, develop strategies for formulating thesis statements and questions, and prepare an outline and bibliography for two case studies in arts management.
Prerequisite: AMG 1100

Prerequisite revised Spring 2016 (9/22/15):
Arts Management Internship
AMG 3995
/ 4 credits / Every semester
Provides students with practical experience in an area related to their interests through direct work with a nonprofit or commercial arts organization. To register for this course, students must obtain an Internship Program Learning Contract from the Career Development Center.
Formerly offered as AMG 3980.
Prerequisite: 30 credits, including AMG 1100

Arts Entrepreneurship
AMG 4100
/ 3 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
It is critical for students in the arts to imagine new cultural landscapes and develop fresh ideas for revitalizing the impact of the arts in society. In this course, students explore and shape innovative, creative ideas; learn how to develop and mold them into feasible forms; and then build both linear and nonlinear business plans for their new projects and enterprises.
Prerequisite: AMG 3100, 3170, and 3520

Added Spring 2015 (10/21/14):
Thematic and Festival Programming
AMG 4150
/ 4 credits / Spring
Individuals are increasingly seeking cultural experiences that are transdisciplinary and thematically constructed. In this course, students explore the curatorial process. How collaborations and partnerships are forged is also examined. In lieu of textbooks, students pay the costs of transportation to New York City for visits to cultural institutions and modest admission fees. The final project consists of designing a festival.

Prerequisite revised; discontinued Fall 2014 (3/27/14):
Senior Seminar in Arts Management
AMG 4880
/ 2 credits / Every semester
Taken in conjunction with the first semester of the senior project, this seminar is designed to assist students in generating a proposal and action plan while advancing writing, research, and analytic skills. Content and assignments provide opportunities to develop project ideas, practice job-applicable skills, and interact with field professionals.
Corequisite: SPJ 4990

Formerly AMG 4992; senior projects changed to I and II, credits increased from 3 to 4 each, and prefix changed from AMG to SPJ, Fall 2014:
Senior Project I and II
SPJ 4990
and 4991 / 4 credits (per semester) / Every year
In this yearlong independent study, students apply creative and reflective thinking to a research- and/or practice-based project of their choice. The senior project provides meaningful contributions to practitioners in the arts and entertainment industry while enhancing students’ career options. Guidelines, including specific expectations, are available upon request from the faculty coordinator or other members of the arts management faculty.

Updated Sept. 29, 2015

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