Frequently Asked Questions
What is Arts Administration?
Arts Administration is the business of creating,
developing and managing nonprofit arts organizations. These
- dance companies
- local arts agencies
- arts centers
- arts festivals
What is a nonprofit organization?
It is a mission-based organization that seeks to benefit the
"greater good" of the community. Typically, nonprofits earn
only a portion of their total revenues (from ticket sales or gate
fees, for example) and rely on contributed income to cover the true
costs of their work. Any profits earned must be invested in
the organization's programs and services.
What do Arts Administrators do?
They run and work for nonprofit arts organizations. Their
duties can include:
- marketing & advertising
- audience development
- season selection
- community outreach
- special events
- arts education
- ticket sales
- public relations
Arts administrators are the bridge between art, artists and
What is unique about Butler's Department of Arts
The Butler program is fully integrated into the University's
core and liberal arts curriculum as well as the arts
disciplines. Students are encouraged to be personally
involved in a variety of art forms. Ours is one of the
first comprehensive undergraduate Arts Administration programs in
What kind of job can I get with an Arts Administration
There are a variety of professional positions that are
associated with managing arts organizations. These
- Executive Director
- Artistic Director
- Program and Project Directors
- Development Director
- Special Events Coordinator
- Exhibition Planner
- Financial Manager
- Volunteer Coordinator
- Box Office Manager
- Education Coordinator
- Community and Corporate Relations Manager
- Manager of Artistic Outreach
- Donor Relations Manager
- Grants Manager
- Director of Patron Services
- Facility Manager
What degrees are available?
- B.S. Dance-Arts Administration
- B.S. Arts Administration - Music
- B.S. Arts Administration - Theatre
- B.S. Arts Administration
The Bachelor of Science (BS) program at Butler University (BU)
- a combination of skills and education in the arts
- a strong concentration in business and journalism
- courses in arts management, including fundraising, audience
development, organizational structure and planning
- experiential learning, including a required 6-credit
What courses do I have to
Each degree requires 128 credit hours, including:
- University required Core Curriculum
- Courses in the Arts (these differ depending on the specific art
focus of the Arts Administration degree)
- Courses in Business (Economics, Accounting, Marketing and
- Courses in Journalism (Writing for Print Media, Advertising and
- Courses in Arts Administration
- Experiential learning (internship/independent
study/experiential learning possibilities)
- General Electives or a minor
How do I get into the Arts Administration
To enroll, you need to apply and be accepted into Butler
University (BU) and the Jordan College of
the Arts (JCA).
To apply to BU and the JCA, you'll need to complete:
- A Butler application and all the general materials required for
it (including application form, transcripts, standardized test
scores, letters of recommendation, etc. See the Admission web site
for more details.)
- A supplemental JCA departmental application for the department
in which you intend to enroll.
- An audition for Dance & Music, an audition or portfolio
presentation for Theatre or a personal interview for
If you are already a Butler student in another degree or
exploratory program, you will need to interview with the department
chair for admission to the Arts Administration Department.
Can I have a double major?
Double majors and minors are definite possibilities for any
Butler student. The student must meet the requirements of
both departments to be granted the double major or minor.
Can I go on study abroad?
Butler offers many opportunities to study abroad regardless of
your major. Butler also offers a semester of
study in Washington D.C.
How many students get jobs right away?
Arts Administration graduates have over a 90% placement success
and many of the jobs come about as a result of the required arts
administration internship. Some examples of jobs our
graduates have been offered:
- Actor's Theatre of Louisville
- Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp
- Boston Lyric Opera
- Chicago Shakespeare Theater
- Smithsonian Associates
- Washington Ballet
- Houston Ballet
- Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
- Young Audiences of Indiana
- United Way of Central Indiana
- Arts Council of Indianapolis
- Indiana Arts Commission
- Kentucky Center for the Arts
- Alabama Symphony Orchestra
- IPS Key Learning Community
How much money will I make?
This is dependent on the size and location of the
How do I get an internship?
After attending an Arts Administration Internship meeting, the
student may begin his or her own internship search.
- There is an application process with most organizations in
order to be placed in an internship.
- Students must communicate with the Arts Administration
Department to verify the quality of the internship before applying
or accepting any internship.
- We recommend applying for several internships to
- Once the student has been offered the internship and all
details and requirements are settled, the Arts Administration
Department will send a confirmation letter to the
Will what I learn in the Arts Administration Department
also apply to a for-profit organization?
Yes. Business, leadership, writing & communication
skills as well as teamwork & planning are all desirable skills
in the for-profit world.
Will classes required for Arts
Administration, translate into other professions?
Absolutely! Because the Arts Administration degree requires
classes in many disciplines (business, journalism, and the
University's Core Curriculum), students who spend time in the Arts
Administration department are well prepared to move into most any
other field of study.
Is there a minor in arts admin?
Not at this time.
How many students are in the department, professors?
Currently, there are approximately 90 students in the
department with 2 full-time professors and adjunct professors
joining the faculty on a regular basis.
What happens if I decide this should not be my major when I am
Because of Butler's Core Curriculum requirements (where every
undergraduate student takes the same Core courses), changing your
major is possible.
What are the strengths of the Butler Arts Administration
- Bringing together diverse areas of study.
- Providing educational opportunities and training for students
seeking to manage the arts.
- Providing comprehensive undergraduate liberal arts education
which integrates the arts with business skills.
- Preparing students for a career working with a wide variety of
artists and nonprofit arts organizations.
- Offering opportunities for students to learn and develop skills
through experiential learning experiences, including internships,
practicum and special projects with small and large arts