Apr 21, 2018  
2009-2011 Undergraduate Catalog 

Arts Management Major

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The Arts Management curriculum provides career training and practical experience for those with a passion for the arts and whose talents are in the field sof administration and/or marketing. The arts manager not only must develop a variety of management skills but also must maintain a high degree of sensitivity to aesthetics.

Students are provided a broad background in all of the arts with an opportunity to study a specific art in more depth. Additionally, each student gains vital practical experience working in the arts during internships on the University campus and in an approved off-campus professional arts organization.

Training in the arts is combined with the development of skills in accounting, advertising, personnel management, labor relations and various other areas of business through a program of study that includes management and marketing. Graduates are equipped to enter the arts management field or to pursue further study in arts administration.

Because the arts management field is rapidly evolving, it is advantageous for students to maintain regular contact with an adviser during their entire program to avoid unnecessary difficulties before and after completion of the program. Arts institutions vary in their personnel needs.

EMU’s arts management curriculum is divided into four sections: general education requirements, arts management major, a management or marketing minor (see College of Business) and two internships.

Communication, Media and Theatre Arts Department Information:

Department Head: Dennis Beagen
Department Contact: dennis.beagen@emich.edu
Web site: http://www.emich.edu/cta/

Additional department information is also available here  in the online catalog.

General Education Requirements:

For specific requirements refer to the General Education Program .

Major Requirements: 38 hours

Required Courses: 26 hours

Art Fundamentals: 17 hours

Media and Arts Management: 9 hours

Restrictive Elective Courses: 10 hours

One course from each of the following areas:

  • academic dance
  • art
  • music
  • theatre

Strongly Recommended Elective Courses:

  • A course in technical theatre

Internships: 2 hours

Two are required for this major: a one-semester, on-campus internship and a one-semester practicum with an approved off-campus arts institution. Application procedures and minimum requirements for credit should be obtained from the advising coordinator not later than the first semester of the junior year.

An on-campus internships is approved part-time work as a member of the management staff of such EMU arts institutions as the Ford Gallery or EMU Dancers.

Practica are available to the junior/senior-level student who has a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the arts management curriculum.

Minor Requirements:

Select from either management or marketing in consultation with the arts management advising coordinator.

Program Total:

Students must earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level or above.


Each student must choose a writing intensive course as part of major completion requirements. Consult your adviser for course options.

Critical Graduation Information:

To earn a degree, all students must:

  • earn a minimum total of 124 credits, excluding credits below the 100-level
  • meet the General Education requirements referenced here .
  • Earn a minimum of 60 credits, excluding those earned at a community college. (Some articulation agreements waive this requirement. See specific agreement for details.)
  • earn a minimum of 30 credits from EMU.
  • complete 10 of the last 30 hours for the degree from EMU courses.
  • have a minimum of 30 unique credit hours in their major and 20 unique credit hours in their minor for a total of at least 50 unique credit hours between them. Some majors do not require a minor; see above for specific requirements.
  • earn a minimum of 9 credits in 300-level or higher courses in their major at EMU.
  • earn a minimum of 6 credits in 300-level or higher courses in their minor at EMU. These credits must be earned in courses different from the 300-level courses used for the major.
  • have earned a grade of ¨C¨ or better in order to apply transfer credit at EMU.
  • have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in order to graduate. In addition, a minimum GPA of 2.0 must be earned in the major and in the minor. (Note: some programs may require higher GPA.)

General Education Requirements:

For a current detailed listing of requirements, course options and waiver possibilities, please consult the General Education Program  listing.

  • Area I:  Effective Communication (2 courses, 6 credits)
  • Area II:  Quantitative Reasoning (1 course, 3 credits)
  • Area III: Perspectives on Diversity (2 courses, 6 credits)
  • Area IV: Knowledge of the Disciplines (8 courses, 25 credits)
  • Area V: Learning Beyond the Classroom (Satisfy two of six areas through a combination of experiences and/or courses)

The General Education requirements listed above apply to all students who began their undergraduate program at EMU during or after the Fall 2007 semester. Students who began their undergraduate program at EMU before the Fall 2007 semester may have different general education requirements to fulfill; consult your academic adviser for additional information. Students who transferred to EMU may have different general education requirements based on MACRAO or articulation agreements; consult your academic adviser for additional information.

University Information:

For more University information please refer to the online catalog at catalog.emich.edu.

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