Blackburn’s NEW Bachelor of Arts in Arts Administration is a degree program designed for students who are passionate about the arts and want to make art, music, or theatre an important part of their community.
The major draws on coursework from the departments of Art and Graphic Design; Business Administration; Economics; English; Communications; Leadership, Law, and Public Service; and Music and Theatre.
Points of Distinction
Graduates will be prepared to be leaders in arts organizations, working at the business end of the Arts to make the creativity and collaboration of art possible and to bring art, music, and theatre to the public.
Why this Major?
The course of study is truly interdisciplinary, and focuses on topics important to both the creation and the business of the arts and the administration of arts organizations.
Blackburn’s modern art facilities provide an exceptional opportunity for students to fully engage in the creative experience. Faculty members work side by side with students developing skills and critiquing student work.
There is the potential to work on organizational levels with gallery and performing arts programming as well as engaging with visiting artists and performers.
Activities & Events
Students at Blackburn can benefit from easy access to world-class art exhibits and organizations in St. Louis and Springfield. Student groups are able to take day trips to enrich their exposure to a variety of art media, style, and craft.
Clubs & Organizations
The Art Club is organized and managed by students to plan art-related programs and activities outside of the classroom and student experience.
Students are able to identify internship opportunities with area businesses and organizations who can provide real-world arts administration experiences.
Your instructors are easily the best in their fields
Senior – Graphic Design Major
Hot Job Outlooks
Graduates can find career opportunities in:
- Artist Residencies
- Theater, Opera, or Dance Companies
Arts Administration is a field that opens up a wide variety of job possibilities. The Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE) lists the types of organizations where arts administrators work as the following: museums, artist residencies, orchestras, theater companies, opera companies, galleries, foundations, dance companies, cultural ministries, grantmakers, festivals, arts councils, presenters, arts education centers. To that one could also add community art, music, and theatre organizations. Potential jobs/careers include marketing, management, programming, operations, cultural policy, patron services, community arts, education/outreach, fundraising, research/analysis, consulting, production, finance, and advocacy.
Are there notable alumni with this major? Can you provide examples? What have they accomplished with the major?
Mac Lab with Adobe Creative Cloud, growing 3D printing program, photo darkroom and professional studio, drawing, painting, extensive ceramics facility, sculpture
Visual Arts Center Gallery with rotating exhibitions.
Bothwell Auditorium recently received a 2+ million dollar renovation.
Blackburn was recently designated an All-Steinway school.
The art faculty are professional exhibiting artists familiar with the St. Louis art scene as well as national and international venues. They have backgrounds in photojournalism, production pottery, public relations, publishing and graphic design.