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Curriculum

The Arts Administration major is designed to give students a varied background in the arts and administrative skills needed to manage arts organizations. Students learn to identify administrative issues specifically related to arts organizations, demonstrate knowledge of the history of at least one area of performing or visual art, and apply arts administration management principles in a practical work environment within the arts industry. The arts administration major prepares students for careers in public and private arts organizations.

Learning Outcomes

The successful arts administration graduate is expected to:

  1. Identify administrative issues specifically related to managing the arts industry;
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the history of at least one area of the performing and/or visual arts;
  3. Apply arts administration management principles in a practical work environment within the arts industry.

Curriculum Requirements

General Education Requirements (30 credits)

Students are required to complete 30 credit hours as part of the General Education Program.

Art Administration Major Requirements (51 credits)

ACT 2200 - Financial Accounting (3 credits)

Provides an introduction to financial accounting and its decision-making elements. Areas covered are the conceptual frameworks of accounting, financial statements and their components, and advance manufacturing environments. Prerequisites: MATH 1030 or higher.

ACT 2300 - Managerial Accounting (3 credits)

Integrates the accounting process with the planning, coordinating, and control functions of the business organization. Topics include strategic planning, tactical and operational decision making, budgeting, responsibility accounting, and performance measurement. Prerequisites: MATH 1030 or higher. 

ARTS 2410 - Graphic Design I (3 credits)

This course provides an introduction to graphic design. The computer is introduced as a graphic design problem-solving tool. Students will use current industry-standard software and technology to create designs based on graphic design principles. Through various assignments, students will become familiar with the operation of the personal computer while exploring the visual language of text, image and digital design. The course will familiarize students with basic aesthetic, technical, historical and conceptual issues as they relate to design.

ARTS 2450 - Graphic Design II (3 credits) OR ARTS 4250 - Multimedia & Web Design (3 credits)

ARTS 2450 - Graphic Design II (3 credits)

This course will focus on the understanding of the design process and developing effective graphic design concepts for a variety of formats, with an emphasis on form, content, and principles of design and layout composition. Students will further their knowledge of industry-standard computer software as applied to various formats of visual communication. Prerequisite: ARTS 2410. 

ARTS 4250 - Multimedia & Web Design (3 credits)

This course focuses on the study of layout techniques for the online environment. Emphasis will be placed on producing web sites and interactive media according to current industry criteria with special considerations for identifying a target audience. Relevant legal issues will also be discussed. Prerequisite: ARTS 2410.

ARTS 2600 - Introduction to Arts Administration (3 credits)

This course introduces basic principles, theories, concepts, processes and practices relating to organizations in the arts industry. Emphasis will be placed on the structure of the arts industry, leadership in the arts industry, staffing, volunteerism, fundraising, and intellectual property. Prerequisite: COMP 1500 or COMP 1500H.

ARTS 3600 - Advanced Arts Administration (3 credits)

This course applies the basic principles, theories, concepts, processes and practices of arts administration to the creation and management of various types of arts organizations. Particular emphasis will be placed on audience development, special event planning, program planning, financial planning, proposal writing, grant writing and advocacy. Prerequisites: ARTS 2600; COMP 2000, COMP 2010, or COMP 2020 or COMP 2000H.

ARTS 4950 - Internship in the Arts (3 credits) OR DANC 4950 - Internship in Dance (3 credits) OR MUSC 4950 - Internship in Music (3 credits) OR THEA 4950 Internship in Theatre (3 credits)

ARTS 4950 - Internship in the Arts (3 credits)

Training and practice at a professional arts venue. Prerequisites: cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, completion of 60 or more credit hours, and written consent of the department chair. 

DANC 4950 - Internship in Dance (3 credits)

Focused dance or dance related study with a professional dance company, nationally recognized dance festival, choreographer or dance-presenting organization. Prerequisites: Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, completion of 60 or more credit hours, and written consent from the department chair. 

MUSC 4950 - Internship in Music (3 credits)

Internship in Music requires a 15-20 hour per week field or work experience for 16 weeks (or more) in the student's major area of study. Consult academic division for specific details and requirements. Prerequisites: cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, completion of 60 or more credit hours, and permission of the department chair. Repeatable to 6 credits.

THEA 4950 - Internship in Theatre (3 credits)

Training and practice at a professional theatre or arts venue. Prerequisites: cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, completion of 60 or more credit hours, and written consent of department chair. 

MGT 2050 - Principles of Management (3 credits)

Provides an overview of management history and theory, schools of management thought, the functions and processes of management, and the environment within which the modern manager operates. 

MGT 4170 - Organizational Behavior (3 credits)

This course explores the interaction of individuals and the organization as a dynamic interplay that affects total organizational effectiveness. Topics include the role of effective communication in the organization, motivation, leadership and values. Prerequisite: MGT 2050. 

SPCH 3120 - Speech Communication for the Professions (3 credits)

Emphasis on public communication skills required of the person in business and/or professional settings. Topics include business interviews, public speaking, presentation aids, listening, team communication, and cultural diversity in the workplace.

THEA 2060 - Technical Theatre (3 credits)

A laboratory approach to technical theatre with focus on backstage operations, crew assignments, and practical application in actual productions. 

THEA 3500 - Stage and Production Management (3 credits)

Stage and Production Management: An in-depth look at the management aspects of the theatre. The course will focus on the individual roles of stage manager and production manager and how these roles are applied in performing arts events. Prerequisites: one THEA course; and COMP 1500 or COMP 1500H. 

WRIT 3150 - Business Writing (3 credits)

This course focuses on techniques for effective communication in global business environments. Students learn various strategies for writing letters, memos, proposals, electronic communication, and other types of writing in the workplace. Prerequisite: COMP 2000 or COMP 2000H or COMP 2020. 

Select 6 credits from the following courses:

ARTS 3040 - Museum Studies and Gallery Practices (3 credits)

This course offers an investigation of the many characteristics of museum and gallery management including hands-on participation in Gallery 217's ongoing productions. Students will gain experience with exhibition research, design, development, and management. Additionally, students will have a real-world application to the continued operations and/or programs of Gallery 217. Prerequisites: COMP 2000, COMP 2010 or COMP 2020 and any 1000/2000 level ARTS course or COMP 2000H or ARTS 2300H.

DANC 2101 - Dance Laboratory I (1 credit)

Participation in one or more of NSU's dance productions. Pass/fail only. 

DANC 2102 - Dance Laboratory II (1 credit)

Participation in one more of NSU's dance productions. Pass/fail only. Prerequisite: DANC 2101. 

DANC 2103 - Dance Laboratory III (1 credit)

Participation in one or more of NSU's dance productions. Pass/fail only. Prerequisite: DANC 2102. 

MUSC 3301 - Ensemble I (1 credit)

A performance-based course in which a group of musicians (vocal or instrumental) perform together. Vocal ensemble may be a chorus or choir and instrumental ensemble may be an orchestra or band. Depending on the number of participants, an ensemble may be quartets, quintets, etc. Pass/Fail only. Prerequisite: permission of the department chair. 

MUSC 3302 - Ensemble II (1 credit)

A performance-based course in which a group of musicians (vocal or instrumental) perform together. Vocal ensemble may be a chorus or choir and instrumental ensemble may be an orchestra or band. Depending on the number of participants, an ensemble may be quartets, quintets, etc. Pass/Fail only. Prerequisite: MUSC 3301.

MUSC 3303 - Ensemble III (1 credit)

A performance-based course in which a group of musicians (vocal or instrumental) perform together. Vocal ensemble may be a chorus or choir and instrumental ensemble may be an orchestra or band. Depending on the number of participants, an ensemble may be quartets, quintets, etc. Pass/Fail only. Prerequisite: MUSC 3302.

THEA 2101 - Theatre Laboratory I (1 credit)

Participation in one or more of NSU's theatre productions. Assigned duties may include set construction, costume, technical support, acting, directing, management, or administration. Pass/fail only.

THEA 2102 - Theatre Laboratory II (1 credit)

Participation in one more of NSU's theatre productions. Assigned duties may include set construction, costume, technical support, acting, directing, management, or administration. Pass/fail only. Prerequisite: THEA 2101.

THEA 2103 - Theatre Laboratory III (1 credit)

Participation in one or more of NSU's theatre productions. Assigned duties may include set construction, costume, technical support, directing, management, or administration. Pass/fail only. Prerequisite: THEA 2102.

Select 6 credits from the following courses:

ARTS 3850 - Art History II (3 credits)

This course introduces students to the historical developments in artistic expression from the sixteenth century to the present. Prerequisite: COMP 2000, COMP 2010, or COMP 2020 or COMP 2000H.

DANC 3200 - Dance History (3 credits)

A theory-based course designed to introduce students to the development of Western concert dance with particular focus on ballet and modern. The course examines the historical origins and social context of ballet and modern dance, by highlighting significant choreographers, performers, artistic periods and aesthetics for each genre from the 15th century to the present. Prerequisite: COMP 2000, COMP 2010 or COMP 2020 or COMP 2000H. 

MUSC 3600 - Music of World Cultures (3 credits)

This course will introduce musical traditions from around the world and examine how cultural setting shapes the music. The meanings derived from musical styles and structures will be assessed through active and informed listening. Non-Western cultures studied may include West Africa, Asia, India, Latin America, and more. Prerequisite: COMP 2000, COMP 2000H, COMP 2010, or COMP 2020.

THEA 3250 - Theatre History II (3 credits)

This course explores the history of theatre from the Restoration to the present. Prerequisites: COMP 2000, 2010, or 2020 or COMP 2000H. 

The Bachelor of Arts degree requires at least 24 credits of coursework from the following disciplines: ARTS, DANC, FILM, HIST, HUMN, LITR, MUSC, PHIL, and THEA, as well as an intermediate degree of competency in a foreign language (generally, a minimum of 6 credits or another demonstration of competency).

The academic program and curriculum requirements listed on this page are from the NSU Undergraduate Student Catalog. Students are bound by policies and curricula published in the catalog in effect the semester they enter the university, unless an agreement is made with appropriate NSU administration officials allowing them to abide by policies published in a later catalog.

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