Arts and Cultural Administration Program (ACA)
Minor and Core Concentration *

Completing the ACA program gives students opportunities in arts and cultural organizations. This economic sector accounts for approximately 5% of the US GDP or about a $900 billion. For comparison, it is about equivalent to the economic contribution of mining, utilities, and construction combined. **

Performing arts students have found rewarding postions at organizations such as the Zeiterion Theater, New Bedford, MA., Sound Off, an a cappella group in Boston, MA., Urbanity Dance, Cambridge, MA., as well as in festival management.
Students in public relations and the writing programs have found positions with Prestige Management Group, NYC, Candlewick Press, Boston MA, and as independent researchers.
Similarly, students from the arts and historic preservation have found positions at house galleries, museums, and archives.
The program also serves those with intests in not-for-profit organizations, such as students majoring in Public Health, Political Science, Sociology, or Psychology.

Program Outline

The program has three required specialty courses:
ACA200: Arts and Cultural Administration: Principles and Technologies
ACA350: Arts and Cultural Administration: Practices and Innovations (taught as CAS330.91 for Spring21 ***)
ACA460: Arts and Cultural Administration: Internship

The other courses include introductory business courses in either mangement or marketing and courses in the arts or cultural areas of interest to include sociology/anthropology, architecture, writing studies, visual arts, or performing arts.

An optional, or elective course, is also offered periodically
ACA250: Arts and Cultural Administration:Fundraising and Reporting (taught as CAS330.92 for Spring21)

More Information

Professor W. Brett McKenzie
401 626-0806 (Cell)

* Pending, replacement of current Arts Management Minor
** Deloitte Insights, July, 2019.
*** This is the course for the interim with the former title: Arts Management Capstone