Arts Administration

Art student painting at desk

Bachelor of Arts
School of Arts and Sciences
4-Year Degree


A blend of communication and business will position you for a well-rounded career in the arts. While you broaden your understanding of how arts organizations function, you will also develop the practical skills you need to be successful in the field. Arts administration means exploring the behind-the-scenes logistics of the arts in a meaningful way. At Westminster, you will acquire the tools you need to become a leader in this field.

Who It's For

Arts administration is ideal for students who want to combine their love for arts with the practical skills to manage arts organizations. Learn about the administrative competencies needed in arts organizations by completing the numerous volunteering and internship opportunities our program has to offer. You will transform your creative mindset and problem-solving skills into real-life work experiences with the help of Westminster’s arts administration degree.

Key Benefits

  • The interdisciplinary component that characterizes our program will allow you to make connections across fields of study to find innovative solutions.
  • Our small class sizes will give you the opportunity to work one-on-one with professors in tailoring your education to your personal needs and interests.
  • Specialize in a specific art within your degree with the accompanying minor requirement.

About the Program

Westminster offers a BA degree for students who want to become leaders of arts administration. You will use professional business concepts to manage the multiple levels of logistics needed to manage everything from a small art gallery to a regional theatre. Through teamwork and communication, you will learn how to administer both the financial and creative components of an arts organization.

What You'll Learn

  • Develop writing and editing skills applicable to a variety of professions in the arts community
  • Learn to effectively present skills, interests, accomplishments, and abilities to prospective employers or clients
  • Demonstrate appropriate attitudes, skills, and techniques essential to working in a team as a member and a leader
  • Develop an understanding of the fundamentals of nonprofit organizations
  • Develop a fundamental understanding of business practices from multiple disciplines
  • Demonstrate fluency and competency regarding the use of digital media
  • Understand how to harvest the power of the arts to create community

Plan of Study

Arts administration requires you to take a range of business and communication courses to make sure you are getting the most out of your degree. You will further pursue your areas of interest through accounting, communication, management, marketing electives, and a minor of your choice.

Liberal Education Courses

You must complete the WCore program or join the Honors College (and complete requirements) to fulfill your liberal education credits.

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Sample Courses

Business Fundamentals

Experience business communication, development, analysis, and decision-making in a classroom environment that simulates real-world scenarios. This course introduces you to effective communication in business and other organizational settings.

Principles of Public Relations

This class presents methods for establishing and maintaining communication between an organization and its public. Learn about strategic planning, writing and editing, research procedures, and more.

Business Law and Ethics

Discuss current legal problems confronting businesses and the legal considerations behind them. This course will introduce you to the US legal system at the same time you explore the ethical implications of business decisions and how to make them.

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Career Opportunities

Potential Careers

  • Community arts coordinator
  • Digital content producer
  • Donor relations manager
  • Event planner
  • Exhibition planner
  • Festival director
  • Marketing director
  • Nonprofit executive director
  • Public relations director
  • Tour manager

Tuition and Aid

There's No Better Investment Than You

Westminster College knows you want an education where you matter—a place that will serve as a launchpad for a successful career and a meaningful life. Westminster will work with you individually through every step of the financial aid process. From scholarships to grants and loans, Westminster helps you make it happen.

With the highest percentage of students who complete one or more internships in the state, Westminster students hit the ground running with real-world experience. Plus, 90% of students were either employed or attending graduate school within 5 months of graduating. With a Westminster degree, you don't have to choose between a successful career and a fulfilling life.

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You’ll be automatically considered for scholarship and grant opportunities.

In addition to general merit scholarships, other scholarship programs are available to support you throughout your time at Westminster.

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Your tuition, fully paid.

All students should have the ability to explore their passions. Westminster College is proud to cover the cost of tuition for qualifying students through the Westminster Commitment.

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