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arts and cultural administration
minor & core concentration

Program Proposal 2019 — 2020

Program Outline

The ACA program has three components

  • Specialty courses
  • Organization courses
  • Arts and Cutlural Perspectives
  • Arts and Cultural Practice
Specialty Courses (Three required courses):
ACA200 Arts and Cultural Administration: Principles and Technologies

ACA350 Arts and Cultural Administration: Practice and Innovation

ACA460 Arts and Cultural Administration: Internship
Organizational Courses (One required course):
These courses focus on the organization, management, social policy, and business aspects of arts and cultural organizations.
Among the courses are introduction to not-for-profit organizations, management or marketing principles, or social policy.
Arts and Cultural Perspectives (a sequence of two coures:
These courses provide a grounding in the arts and cutlural environment. They draw from the liberal arts resources and include anthropology, sociology, psychology, government policy, social justice, identity, and traditional arts evaluationa and critical fields such as art or music history, film criticsm and literary movements.
Arts and Cultural Practice (a sequence of two courses:
Some students are drawn to the major because they are practicing artists in fields such as visual arts, music, performance, or, more recently, the intersections of technology and the traditional arts. For these students. the ACA program builds upon their professional practice to prepare them for an independent place as successful artists in society.

Program Timeline

ACA 200 is offered in the fall as an online course, which students can take in the sophomore, junior, or even senior years. The rationale for the timing is that it allows students to get settled into the university,  gain some experience in writing and math, as well as develop a sense of the expectations for college work. The rationale for the online delivery is that the course focuses on the uses of technology in the arts and cultural administration field, an on-line delivery allows for student to integrate the technology tools into the classroom practice.

ACA350 is offered in the spring semester as a seminar, one a week, three hour section. The rational for the seminar format is that students with varying arts experience and goals come together and create a course that relies on the diversity to create a course greater than its parts. The single course meeting allows for visiting professional who can help contextualize the academic components of the course.

ACA460 can be taken either during the academic year or the winter or summer breaks. It requires a minimum of 135 hours internship work for the 3 academic credits. Students may fulfill the requirements on-campus, for example in support of the performing arts, in the local area, such as working for an institution like Linden Place, or for an organization close to home, nationally, or internationally. The internship is a collaboration between the student, the site, and the sponsoring faculty. In addition to the practical work with an organization, the internship also requires a paper, whose parameters are specified upon the internship approval. Students should be aware that a CPC orientation to prepare students for the internship experience is required. This orientation help students select an appropriate internship, assists them with defining their goals for the experience, and provides professional guidance so the student can succeed in the work world.

The organizational courses may be taken before or after beginning the Arts and Cultural Administration program. The recommendation would be following or in concert with ACA 200. This allows the student to contextualize the course goals within the domain of Arts and Cultural Administration. For example, most Arts and Cultural organization have a local marketing presence rather than a national or international audience. Additionally, with a US focus on the not-for-profit area, having a sense of how the organizational perspective applies to the unique situation of arts organizations will better integrate the experience.

Arts and Cultural Perspectives and Arts and Cultural Practice areas require a sequence of two courses. This it to allow for program flexibility so that it will serve the needs of those interested in organizations, such as a house museum, as well as those whose interest in direct participation in the arts, such as a dance or theater major.

2019 © W. Brett McKenzie