Bloomington Campus

Master of Arts in Arts Administration

Program Goals and Objectives

Arts administrators are extraordinary individuals. They must function as managers, fundraisers, planners, educators, conciliators, facilitators, communicators, and most important, as leaders. They must be realists as well as idealists, respectful of the needs of both art and business, and forward-looking yet mindful of the past.

Since 1971 the Indiana University Arts Administration Program has been committed to the development of such leaders. The program, a 16-month, multidisciplinary course of study leading to an M.A. in Arts Administration, is broad-based in outlook and curriculum and strives to achieve a balance of artistic and management concerns, theory and hands-on experience. Students complete three semesters of course work, on-campus practicums, and a supervised internship off campus. The program seeks to serve students who are at the beginning stages of their careers as well as older students wishing to change careers.

Though small in size, the City of Bloomington provides an ideal setting for the program. The city’s thriving arts community includes more than 150 arts organizations as well as the internationally acclaimed Lotus World Music and Arts Festival. On the IU Bloomington campus, the School of Music presents more than 1,000 concerts and events each year, and a new production opens almost every other week on one of the two stages in the Department of Theatre and Drama. Other cultural organizations on campus include the IU Auditorium, which offers touring Broadway productions; the IU Art Museum, one of the nation’s finest university art museums; the Mathers Museum of World Cultures; the African American Arts Institute; the Archives of Traditional Music; and the Lilly Library of rare books and manuscripts.

Degree requirements

(45 credit hours) The program requires 45 credit hours of course work. A typical two-year course schedule includes 15 credit hours the first semester and 12 credit hours in the second semester. The third semester of 12 credit hours includes the capstone seminar course.

In the summer following the second semester of course work most students complete a seven week internship in an arts organization of their choice. These students are able to complete their degree in December of their second year of study. Some students opt to complete their internship in the spring following their final fall semester of course work. Recent sites have included Carnegie Hall, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Smithsonian, the Museum of Fine Arts–Houston, the Seattle International Film Festival, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Abrons Art Center, and the Barrier Island Group for the Arts (BIG ARTS) on Sanibel Island. While there is no thesis requirement, extensive writing projects are part of the capstone seminar course and internship experiences.

The program is as follows:

Semester I

AADM-Y 511 Performing Arts Center Management (3 cr.)
AADM-Y 525 Museum Management (3 cr.)
AADM-Y 535 Arts Administration and the Cultural Sector (3 cr.)
AADM-Y 500 Strategic Management in the Arts (3 cr.)
Select elective(s) (to equal 3 cr.) with approval
of the Arts Administration Program advisor.

Semester II

AADM-Y 515 Financial Management for the Arts (3 cr.)
AADM-Y 530 Audience Development and Marketing the Arts (3 cr.)
BUS-L 575 Legal Issues in the Arts (3 cr.)
Select elective(s) (to equal 3 cr.) with approval
of the Arts Administration Program advisor.


AADM-Y 750 Internship in Arts Administration (3 cr.)
AADM-Y 550 Practicum in Arts Administration (3 cr.)

Semester III

SPEA-V 525 Management in the Nonprofit Sector (3 cr.)
ADM-Y 650 Seminar in Arts Administration (3 cr.)
SPEA-V 558 Fund Development for Nonprofits (3 cr.)
Select elective(s) (to equal 3 cr.) with approval
of the Arts Administration Program advisor.

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