Career Development

Arts Management

When exploring possible academic majors, begin by investigating the specific programs at Purchase College.  Discover more about the B.A. in Arts Management and find out about program requirements, courses and the program faculty.

Want to find out more about a major? Talk to department heads and professors to have your questions answered and to get the inside track on being an Arts Management major at Purchase College.

Career Possibilities

The following is a list of some career possibilities that students in this major might find rewarding. Remember, that your major does not necessarily determine your career. Graduates use their academic majors in a variety of professional fields. The options below can be used as a starting point to explore potential career paths, however, you may also want to investigate more using recommended resources to gain a more comprehensive list of careers. Keep in mind that additional education, training, and experiential education beyond your major may be needed to pursue these possibilities.

ACQUIRED SKILLS

  • Management
  • Leadership
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to analyze situations well
  • Fundraising
  • Time management  and decision making
  • Budgeting  
  • Strong research skills
  • Organization and planning
  • Business sense
  • An understanding of what the public wants

CAREER TITLES

  • Archivist
  • Art Administrator
  • Art Consultant
  • Art Educator
  • Art Exhibit Coordinator
  • Art Show Coordinator
  • Artist & Repertoire Person
  • Artist Representative
  • Artistic Director
  • Booking Agent
  • Box Office Manager
  • Budget Director
  • Business Manager
  • Company Manager
  • Curator
  • Development Coordinator
  • Director of Education
  • Director of Press & Community Relations
  • Education Coordinator
  • Fundraiser
  • Gallery Owner
  • House Manager
  • Marketing
  • Media Relations
  • Museum Director
  • Performing Arts Manager
  • Production Manager
  • Program Director
  • Promoter
  • Public Relations Personnel
  • Road Manager
  • Special Events Coordinator
  • Talent Agent
  • Theatre Director
  • Tour Manager

TYPES OF ORGANIZATIONS THAT HIRE 

  • Arts Agencies
  • Museums
  • Music/Entertainment Venues
  • Performing Arts Groups
  • Theme Parks
  • Broadcast & Cable TV Stations
  • Film Companies
  • Recording Labels
  • Arts/Humanities Councils
  • Dance Companies
  • Opera Companies
  • Theater Companies
  • Music Groups
  • Booking Agencies
  • Colleges/Universities

CAREER INFORMATION AND PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION LINKS

www.nea.gov - National Endowment of the Arts
www.aate.com - American Alliance for Theatre & Education
www.nyfa.org - New York Foundation for the Arts
www.artsusa.org - Americans for the Arts
www.napama.org – National Association of Performing Arts Managers and Agents
www.aam-us.org
  - American Association of Museums
www.nycmer.org - New York City Museum Educators Roundtable
www.artswestchester.org – A guide to arts in Westchester - events, grants, links to local artists, internships, etc. 
www.bls.gov/oco - Occupational Outlook Handbook Online - Job type descriptions, job growth forecasts, and salary information

JOB SEARCH LINKS

www.purchase.edu/careerdevelopment - Click on Purchase JobScore to access jobs posted for Purchase students and alumni 
www.artsearch.us - search for jobs in the arts
www.tcg.org  (ARTSEARCH) - Theatre Communications Group's job search site (call x6370 for username/password)
www.playbill.com - On-Line's Casting and Job Listings
www.artcareer.net - Jobs in the Visual Arts
www.philanthropy.com/jobs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy
www.museummarket.com - Museum information and jobs
jobbank.artsusa.org -  Americans for the Arts Job Bank
www.art-newyork.org/internship-program - Connect member theatre organizations with interns www.idealist.org - Nonprofit site, internships and jobs

Additional Resources Available at the CDC

Updated 8/2014