Arts Administration (Art and Business)

Bachelor of Arts - BA

  • Love the visual arts? plan to work in arts management?
  • Hands-on experience
  • Curate an exhibition

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Arts Administration (Art and Business) at Marywood

The Arts Administration major (a cooperative program with the Business, Music, and Communication Arts Departments) is for the student who has a strong affinity for the visual arts and plans to work in arts management. The program combines a dual foundation in both art and business, and provides the student with historical, experiential, practical, critical, and aesthetic information. Courses in business and managerial science, art history and studio arts, and practical experience in museum, gallery, and historic preservation venues are required. A secondary concentration in either Communication Arts or Music rounds out the course of study.

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Sam Olfano
Assistant Professor of Art

Steven Brower
Assistant Professor

Dr. Christa Irwin
Assistant Professor Art History

Sue Jenkins
Clinical Assistant Professor of Art
This is just a sample of our Visual Arts faculty - see them all!

You'll find an amazing array of advanced technological support for art studies at Marywood. Each area of emphasis is supported by superb facilities; as you advance through the program, you'll have access to increasingly sophisticated equipment. Computer resources include AutoCAD software, web design, layout applications, and technology for graphic design, photography, illustration, and interior architecture majors.

You'll also find weaving looms and blueprint machines; a photography studio with black and white and color darkrooms and an advanced lighting studio; a ceramic studio equipped for a wide variety of techniques; a foundry with metalworking facilities; and sculpture and painting studios.

 

 

Graduates of this program are prepared for a variety of positions in organizations concerned with artistic presentations. Arts administrators are needed in federal, state and community arts agencies, as well as in the promotion of arts education programs.

Some of our alumni:

  • Debbie T. Kuo, Art Administrator, Metropolitan Museum of Art; Designer and Owner of Kuo ting Jewelry Company

Marie

I am so grateful that I get to do what I love at one of the best museums in the country.

I graduated from Marywood University in 2015 with a B.A. in Art Administration. I currently work at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the Development department as a Major Gifts Assistant. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 227,000 works of art and more than 200 galleries presenting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. The Museum offers a wide variety of activities for public audiences, including special exhibitions, programs for children and families, lectures, concerts and films.

As the Major Gifts Assistant, I report to two Major Gifts Officers and also to the Senior Director of Major Gifts. I am responsible for preparing and completing mailings, scheduling, pulling reports, and letter writing. I move management tracking and reporting via Raiser’s Edge database. Every day is different and it is always interesting and exciting.

I am so grateful that I get to do what I love at one of the best museums in the country. This degree gave me the ability to explore a wide range of career paths in the arts. I really liked that it was a good mix of creative and practical skills. I am proud of my accomplishments and I am proud to be a Marywood graduate. Set goals and then attack them!

 

 

 

 

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation

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B.A. Arts Administration

The Arts Administration major is for the student who has a strong affinity for the visual arts and plans to work in arts management. The program combines a dual foundation in both art and business, and provides the student with historical, experiential, practical, critical, and aesthetic information. Courses in business and managerial science, art history and art foundation, and practical experience in museum, gallery, curatorial practices and studies, and historic preservation venues are required. A secondary concentration in Studio Arts, Art History, Corporate Communication, Theatre Arts, or Music rounds out the course of study.

The Arts Administration major can gain hands on experience in curatorial practices and exhibition studies in contemporary art working with The Maslow Collection, which is conveniently housed at Marywood University. Working directly with the Collection’s curator, the major may have the opportunity to curate an exhibition in the Maslow Study Gallery for Contemporary Art. In addition, The Maslow Collection Library and Curatorial Research Library provide opportunities for majors to engage in extended research on the artists in The Maslow Collection as well as the significant areas of curatorial practice since the 1960s.

The major in Arts Administration requires 24 credits in the Primary Concentration (art history, art foundation, and fieldwork); 24 credits in Business; and 15 credits in a Secondary Concentration. A total of 63 credits are required for the B.A. in Arts Administration.

Art-Primary Concentration

ART 113* Art History I
3
ART 114* Art History II
3
ART 117 19th Century Art
3
OR  
ART XXX Art History elective
3
ART 118 Two-Dimensional Design and Color w/Lab
3
ART 212 Three-Dimensional Design and Color w/Lab
3
ART 218 Art in the Modern Era
3
ART 449A Fieldwork I- Museum or Curatorial Practices/Studies I with The Maslow Collection
2
ART 449B Fieldwork II- Gallery or Curatorial Practices/Studies II with The Maslow Collection
2
ART 449C Fieldwork III- Historical Preservation
2

*ART 120 plus one additional art history course (excluding ART 113, 114, 430, 431, 432) may be taken as an alternate to ART 113 and ART 114.

Business Core

BUS 111 Principles of Marketing
3
BUS 112 Principles of Professional Selling
3
OR
BUS XXX Business elective
3
BUS 123 Management and Career Options
3
BUS 131 Accounting I
3
OR
BUS 130 Introduction to Accounting
3
BUS 200 Advanced Computer Tools for Management 3
BUS 252 Business Law I/Legal Environment of Business
3
BUS 215 Survey of Visual Display and Design
3
OR
BUS XXX Business Elective
3
BUS 422 Personnel/Human Resource Management
3

Secondary Concentration

The major in Arts Administration requires 15 credit hours in a secondary concentration in one of the following areas: Studio Arts, Art History, Corporate Communication, Theatre Arts, or Music. (See Communication Arts and Music, Theatre, and Dance requirements for Arts Administration/Secondary Concentration.) The courses for a secondary concentration in Studio Arts or Art History are determined by the student and advisor.

Secondary Concentration for Arts Administration Majors in Communication Arts or Music

For students in a primary concentration of Music, Theatre, and Dance or Communication Arts, a total of 15 credits is required for the Secondary Concentration in Art, and includes:

ART 113 Art History I
3
ART 114 Art History II
3
ART 218 Art in the Modern Era
3
ART XXX Art or Art History Elective
3
ART XXX Elective
3