What is Arts Management?

Arts managers play critical roles supporting and sustaining artists, events, and organizations devoted to creative expression. The Arts Management BA program provides training for anyone passionate about sharing the arts with the world.

We equip arts management graduates with the knowledge, skills, experience, and confidence to pursue advanced study in arts management or to flourish in careers within the arts, entertainment, and other creative industries.

Is This Program Right for Me?

If you envision a career in the arts and entertainment industries empowering artists and facilitating arts presentation, then this program is right for you.

Students in the Arts Management program have a broad range of interests but share the desire to make art happen.

Alumni pursue a wide variety of careers across creative entities, including dance and theater companies, symphony orchestras and opera houses, galleries and museums, presenting and community arts centers, festival and concert venues, record labels, and artist management agencies.

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What Makes Our Program Stand Out?

A Curriculum With Room to Explore

You’ll have the space and freedom to select your focus and acquire real-world experience. The curriculum  provides a broad introduction to business models, managerial roles, and practices common to a range of arts enterprises in the nonprofit and commercial sectors. Core courses complement upper-level electives, internships, and independent-study opportunities to deepen your understanding and develop relevant skills as you put knowledge into practice. Many arts management students pursue double or dual majors.

Hands-On Preparation

We emphasize collaborating, mixing disciplines, and gaining skills through a variety of experiences to mimic the industry environments that lie ahead. With multiple opportunities built into the program, you’ll learn by doing through hands-on projects, fieldwork, and at least one required internship.

Accomplished Faculty

Our diverse and accomplished faculty represent a range of industry experience and expertise including non-profit performing arts management and entrepreneurship, arts in education, art law, and museology.

A Collaborative Campus

Our campus is home to four conservatories that serve as a professional training ground for artists in the visual, performing, and theatre arts. The arts scene here always buzzes with performances and creatives looking to collaborate. You’ll find opportunities right on campus to put your education in action. 

So Close to NYC

Our Westchester County location is flush with the opportunity for internships and career experiences in New York City—only a short commute or train ride away—or within the surrounding metro area.

To learn more, reach out to Department Chair Maria Guralnik with questions or request a consultation.

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