Graduate Courses

Arts Administration Courses

  • AADM-Y 500 Topics in Arts Administration (1-6 cr.) Selected research and discussion topics organized on a semester by semester basis.
  • AADM-Y 502 Introduction to Arts Administration and Organizational Behavior (3 cr.) This course introduces graduate students to the professional world of arts administration, its many disciplines, its dramatically and rapidly changing landscape, and the nature and culture of its organizations. Major concepts of organizational behavior by employees, administrators, and organizations themselves will be discussed.
  • AADM-Y 504 Arts Organizations in the Public and Private Sectors (3 cr.) The internal structure and governance of arts organizations in the commercial, nonprofit and public sectors (Ministries of Culture, and arm's length arts councils), as well as hybrid organizations, and contracts between types of organizations.
  • AADM-Y 505 Programming the Performing Arts (3 cr.) This course examines how programming relates to marketing and public relations; the role of programming in the public and professional identity of artists and arts organizations; the external factors that condition program choice; and how programming affects relationships with society and the arts community on local, national, and international levels.
  • AADM-Y 506 Curating in Galleries and Museums (3 cr.) This course explores the idea and practice of curating, from displaying a single object to organizing a complex exhibition. Course provides a body of knowledge and helps students develop skills to curate and evaluate the role of curation and display of objects - all essential to museum and gallery management.  
  • AADM-Y 508 Performing Arts Organization Management (3 cr.) Students obtain a working vernacular of the various performing arts disciplines; understand nuances, niche theories and practices in the performing arts management field; analyze and synthesize major concepts and trends; and exercise real-world activities in anticipation of entering the sector. Topics include artistic planning, labor relations, artist management/contracts, and ethics.
  • AADM-Y 511 Performing Arts Center Management (3 cr.) This course focuses on the aspects of managing a performing arts program and facility. Indiana University Auditorium and other performing arts facilities will serve as laboratories to provide you with a balance between academic and real-world issues.
  • AADM-Y 515 Financial Management for the Arts (3 cr.) The course introduces students to the role of financial management in the modern not-for-profit organization. This course covers applications of budgeting, financial and managerial accounting principles, and procedures and financial analysis for nonprofit organizations. Materials covered should be considered required knowledge for the mid- to senior-level arts administrator.
  • AADM-Y 520 Cultural Property Management (3 cr.) The courses examines cultural property management issues such as the missions, policies, and procedures of institutions large and small, public and private. Field trips, lectures, and discussions will provide an understanding of museums, cultural foundations, and the commercial art world.
  • AADM-Y 522 IT Applications for the Arts (3 cr.) Teaches Arts Administration professionals how to use computer applications to create printed, web based and multimedia materials to promote effective communications. Provides instruction and practical hands-on experience in design theory, page layout, usability, accessibility, digital photo editing, graphics, and desktop and web publishing to create promotional and informational materials.
  • AADM-Y 525 Museum Management (3 cr.) General management of art and historical museums. The museum, its legal status, the building, management and staff, goals and objectives, fund raising and budgeting, collections and exhibitions, education and community outreach.
  • AADM-Y 526 Art and Social Change (3 cr.) Art & Social Change traces the development of art practices as a vehicle for social change from the Civil Rights movement to the present day and asks students to envision a community cultural development project of their own. Augusto Boal's innovative community building techniques are used throughout the class.
  • AADM-Y 530 Audience Development and Marketing the Arts (3 cr.) Course includes basic marketing principles as well as audience development and marketing strategy. In addition to introducing the fundamentals of marketing, it fosters and encourages the thought processes necessary to market the products/services that are creative arts.
  • AADM-Y 535 Arts Administration and the Cultural Sector (3 cr.) The market structure of the cultural sector, especially the implications of the differences between artistic goods and other goods and services. Topics include the process by which artistic creations pass through various “gatekeepers” en route to the customer, and the structure of contracts in creative industries.
  • AADM-Y 540 Computer Applications for the Arts (1.5 cr.) Computer Applications concentrates on acquiring usable skills with applications found in the Microsoft Office XP suite. Course offers the general management professional an overview of technology itself and the technology management issues likely to be encountered in professional practice.
  • AADM-Y 550 Practicum in Arts Administration (0-3 cr.) The practicum focuses on building your professional portfolio by adding variety and depth to your arts administration skill set through self-directed projects, research, and/or participation in shadowing, conferences, and workshops. Students complete a total of 150 hours (3 credits) of practicum over the course of their time in the program.
  • AADM-Y 551 Cultural Planning and Urban Development (3 cr.) An introduction to research and practice concerning the intersection of the arts and urban development. Students will gain an understanding of how scholars view the arts and culture in the context of urban development and how local governments and cultural leaders currently use the arts in urban development initiatives.
  • AADM-Y 558 Fund Development for Nonprofit Organizations (3 cr.) This course will review the historic philanthropic landscape for/examine the different sources of donations needed to complete the contributed revenue picture for nonprofit organizations, concentrating on those operating in the arts and culture sector. We will explore strategies for building and increasing contributed revenue inside organizations, concentrating on practical solutions.  
  • AADM-Y 559 Public Policy and the Arts (3 cr.) This course looks at the various philosophies and practices of government support for the arts in the US and elsewhere. Additional selected topics include ethical issues regarding problematic works of art, multiculturalism and diversity, equity in the arts, and the politicization of art.
  • AADM-Y 562 Legal Issues in the Arts (3 cr.) This course considers national and international legal aspects of the protection of cultural heritage and cultural diversity, copyright and related rights, freedom of expression, antitrust, and the evolving legal frameworks regulating social media.
  • AADM-Y 564 Economics and Administration of Artistic Organizations (3 cr.) In this course students analyze the unique challenges facing arts organizations in the public, nonprofit, and for-profit sectors. Among other topics, the course deals with the multiple and often-conflicting goals faced by arts organizations, consumer demand and price setting, experimentation and innovation, and setting the rules for decision-making and oversight.
  • AADM-Y 650 Seminar in Arts Administration (3 cr.) Seminar that addresses key leadership and management issues for arts administrators: organizational culture and teamwork, healthy conflict, trust and accountability, boards and governance, change and crisis management, personal leadership development.  Course is structured to include lecture/discussion, reflection, simulations, and visits by guest speakers. 
  • AADM-Y 680 Readings in Arts Administration (1-3 cr.) P: consent of instructor and departmental chairperson. Supervised readings in arts administration.
  • AADM-Y 690 Independent Study in Arts Administration (1-3 cr.) P: consent of instructor and department chairperson.
  • AADM-Y 750 Internship in Arts Administration (0-3 cr.) The internship shall consist of at least 280 hours in an arts related organization. Students may take the internship during the summer following the second semester of course work or in the spring following the third semester of course work.

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