Arts Administration - Career Pathways

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What is Arts Administration?

An interdisciplinary major, Arts Administration combines business tools, communication skills, and an understanding of the arts. It prepares students for entry level work with organizations such as symphony orchestras, art centers, museums, and theater companies. Students take courses from a variety of departments and experience hands-on learning through practica and internships.

Academic Programs

What Can I Do with an Arts Administration Degree?

A bachelor’s degree in Arts Administration prepares students for entry-level positions in art-related industries. This includes careers in management, fundraising, and marketing for performing arts centers, dance studios, orchestras, theater companies, opera companies, art councils, and cultural institutions. Students also go on to successful graduate study.

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Career Outlooks

To explore specific job outlooks, use MyNextMove, the Occupational Outlook Handbook, and MyPlan. Each offers unique insight about the personalities, skills, knowledge, technology, abilities, and educational requirements compatible with a job.

For a more personal approach, use resources like Candid Careers and Glassdoor. Candid Careers hosts thousands of interviews with industry professionals. Glassdoor provides numerous employee reviews from various companies. Both provide great insight into the industry and daily life of a particular career.

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Sample Job Titles

Artistic Director
Dance Company Manager
Director of Annual Giving
Director of Marketing
Event Planner
Festival Organizer
Grant Writer
Museum Director
Music Librarian
Office Administrator
Performing Arts Coordinator

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Internships and Applied Learning Opportunities  Use FREDNetwork to find professional jobs, internships, student employment and summer job opportunities

Internships foster hands-on learning and skill building. They also help students make connections and network with potential employers.

You can use FREDNetwork, the CDO’s job and internship database, to find internship (and employment) opportunities! Schedule an appointment with a CDO career counselor for more information and advice.

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Student organizations and clubs provide venues to make connections and build strong networks. Depending on personal interests and career goals, students may join clubs involving business administration, theatre, music, and art. Networks continue to grow through digital groups, like ones on LinkedIn and FREDConnect. The CDO’s professional mentoring program, Fredonia Career Connection, is also a great place to find a mentor!

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Professional Associations

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Get Connected

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What’s Next?

Not sure about your future? Schedule an appointment
The CDO is here to help you explore opportunities!
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