Position yourself for a successful and rewarding career where art meets the public. Combine management concepts in areas such as business law, marketing, human resources and financial management with insight into the increasingly complex legal, political and economic issues related to the management of the arts.
UB's Arts Management Program helps you enhance your education with high-impact experiential learning and extracurricular activities to develop the skills that employers demand. Work in performing and visual arts institutions, in not-for-profit organizations, in development and fund raising offices or as an advocate for arts organizations.
Employers often cite the skills profile of applicants as the most important factor in their recruitment and job offer decisions.
Acquire the skills to successfully influence social, political and economic systems in the formation of cultural policy and financial support for cultural organizations. Understand how changing socioeconomic and political landscapes alter government policies, which in turn effect the day-to-day management of the arts.
Engage with diverse and thought-provoking industry leaders who will challenge you to think outside your cultural and professional norms in experiencing, developing, producing and managing the arts. Recent guests include:
Enhance your oral, written and interpersonal communication skills through a plethora of department, university, student group and professional orgranization opportunities. In addition, you can network with industry professionals who are invited to campus to present and engage our students in local, national, and international practices within various fields of the Arts Management discipline.
Communication is a central focus of most courses, and fieldwork projects oftentimes help develop advanced communication skills.
Acquire the knowledge and skills to initiate, plan, execute, control and complete the work of a team to achieve specific goals and success criteria at the specified time. Negotiate reasonable and achievable deadlines and milestones across teams and stakeholders. In short, gain hands-on experience delivering projects that meet the organization’s goals on time and on budget.
Gain insight into the demands and expectations of employers in the required course, Fieldwork in Arts Management (AAP 511). With guidance from the course instructor, students work with managers and other employees of a professional arts, cultural, or advocacy organization on a specific project with clearly defined objectives and goals.
Examples of recent fieldwork projects include:
Experience firsthand how public and cultural policies influence the issues and solutions in active arts organizations through site visits. Tour a variety of arts institutions and network with producers, curators, artists and industry professionals. Each visit allows students to witness the range of issues – including political, public, legal, financial, administrative and others – which uniquely affect the day-to-day management of the arts.
Rise to the challenge by gaining experience and leadership skills in some of the hundreds of University at Buffalo extracurricular and governance organizations, civic groups and volunteer activities.
Join like-minded peers in UB's Graduate Student Association and other student associations and clubs and participate in poster competitions, travel to conferences, network and have some fun with colleagues.
Prove your abilities and make powerful industry connections through participation in regional and national professional organizations. Choose from the list on the right-hand column of this page.
Understand the defining issues facing cultural organizations now, and 10-20 years into the future. Become familiar with the legal vocabulary, rules and regulations related to functional areas such as finance, human resources and marketing. Heighten awareness, assessment skills and your ability to prepare action plans in response to local, state and federal laws and funding appropriations.
In Legal Issues in Arts Management (AAP 585), examine arts and entertainment-related legal issues and learn to recognize where legal problems might arise. This course will provide an overview of Corporation Law, Arts Advocacy, Contract Law, Employment Law and Tort Law as it relates to insurance and volunteers.
More advanced management and law courses are available for students with business and management backgrounds through our partnerships with the UB School of Management and Law School.
Experience firsthand how art functions within cultures and political systems across the globe in cultural immersion programs. Participate in international field schools, study abroad experiences and the program’s Summer Study Abroad program to witness how art is managed within alternative contexts and cultural systems. Work with artists, venues, institutions, and management companies that employ various different systems of subventions, legislations and policies.
In addition, national and international scholars frequently come to campus to present guest lectures and partake in conferences to expose students to a multitude of world views.
Students participating in the 2018 Cultural and Artistic Expression in Costa Rica program met with current Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado Quesada and visited some of the country’s leading art institutions. Previous destinations include:
Acquire foundational knowledge of general business concepts in Special Topics in Management: Nonprofit Management (MGG 620). Learn the basics of accounting, financial reporting and revenue generation and apply those skills to research and analysis of current events in the non-profit world.
Apply those skills in your fieldwork project. For example, for their fieldwork project, Katherine Pizzuto and Fei Xing researched and analyzed sources of revenue other than admission at Lancaster Opera House and provided recommendations to increase them.
Take classes, perform fieldwork, co-author thesis and complete fieldwork projects with members of your cohort, practicing the art of teamwork and teambuilding along the way. Examples of team fieldwork projects include:
* Executive Director
* Director of Marketing
* Director of Operations
* Director of Development
* Director of Communications
* Director of Public Relations
* Community Engagement Officer
* Education Officer
* Event Manager
* Theatre Manager
* Art Gallery Manager
* Arts Marketing Strategist
For information about average annual salaries, visit the following professional groups, depending on your area of interest:
Below are a few recent alumni who are making a difference in their profession and their communities. They're looking forward to helping you expand your professional network.