Arts management is an interdisciplinary major designed to equip students with the knowledge, skills, experience, and confidence to become leaders in the fields of arts or entertainment management and other creative industries. Students will study the issues impacting the contemporary arts and cultural industries, develop business and managerial skills for professional decision-making, and practice creative and critical thinking. Students benefit from broad instruction of business models, managerial roles, and best practices that support and promote a variety of visual, performing, and media arts and artists.
In addition to this core, students will choose a track that will focus on a particular area of the arts offered at Wesleyan College. This major exemplifies the core of Wesleyan College’s mission to mentor students to become leaders in their field. Through learning how to support and market artists and art events, raise funds, manage finances, and develop programming for arts organizations, students will be prepared for a wide range of graduate programs and careers .
The arts management major incorporates field experience and self-designed projects into its curriculum, providing students the opportunity to work with professionals outside of Wesleyan College and tailor their learning to their post-graduation interests. It enables students to become leaders and managers as they engage with organizations on and off campus. Students will be encouraged to engage in summer work at arts and cultural institutions, attend conferences in their area of study, and explore internship opportunities.
Work in any organization such as a theater, gallery, museum, arts center, dance company, etc. This career may include responsibilities in areas like finance, communication, public relations, buildings and facilities, and creative staff.
A theater production manager is responsible for the planning and running of the production of plays, operas, and events large and small including duties like verifying purchases, organizing meetings, and scheduling rehearsals.
Works to communicate what their organization has to offer, builds and promotes the brand for the organization, identifies new prospects as they become available, and strengthens the relationships they already have.
This career creates and maintains the positive image of an organization. It requires collaboration and coordination with media outlets, event planning, coaching, and writing for many different forums.
Requires an administrator and visionary responsible for the success or failure of a theater. Oversees the organizational structure, marketing, budgeting, fundraising, accounting, and day-to-day operations that require keen awareness.
Oversees the care, display, and information about exhibits. Works with others to assemble the museum catalog. Works with exhibit designers and docents to maintain integrity of exhibits.
Anyone who wishes to starts their own business, whether it be a new theater company, setting up an art gallery, or as a working artist. Knowledge of all areas of arts management will provide the tools needed to succeed in a solo endeavor.
Of the student population at Wesleyan is international
Local museums and galleries where students can do internships and professional development
Of full time faculty members hold the highest degree in their fields
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