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Butler University Bulletin

Department of Arts Administration


Brenda Johnston, MA, Department Chair

Assistant Professor

  • Brenda Johnston, MA

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Arts administration is a course of study that prepares undergraduate students for a future in the management of nonprofit arts and community organizations. The program provides a robust multi-faceted approach that includes a strong undergraduate liberal arts education, a basic understanding of the business world, substantive arts administration-specific courses, and a comprehensive education in the disciplines of the arts. Required experiential learning opportunities and internships provide essential workplace training and education. Careers include jobs in management, special events, volunteer coordination, fundraising, public relations, educational programming, and facilities management.

Arts Administration at Butler

  • Multidisciplinary approach integrating dance, music, theatre, and visual arts with current issues in arts management
  • Educational relationships with local cultural organizations, professional artists, educators, and administrators
  • Hands-on learning that integrates classroom instruction with workplace practice
  • Strong emphasis on community engagement
  • In-depth experience in the student’s chosen art form
  • National internship placements
  • Study-abroad opportunities
  • Comprehensive liberal arts education
  • Distinguished faculty of experienced arts administrators
  • Cross-campus business instruction led by experts in their respective fields (public relations, economics, management, etc.)
  • One of the earliest and most comprehensive undergraduate arts administration programs in the nation

Arts Administration Student Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the purposes, values, and essential operations of nonprofit arts organizations and demonstrate this knowledge in practical applications
  • Communicate how experiences inside and outside the classroom have shaped personal development and career aspirations
  • Communicate coherently, effectively, and creatively in both written and oral formats
  • Exhibit an understanding of technology used  in nonprofit organizations
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the creative process and how art and artists function in society
  • Develop an expansive and inclusive world view of arts and culture that values different global perspectives, identities, concerns, and goals

Degree Programs

  • Bachelor of Science in Arts Administration (BS)
  • Bachelor of Science in Arts Administration—Art (BS)
  • Bachelor of Science in Arts Administration—Art History (BS)
  • Bachelor of Science in Arts Administration—Music (BS)
  • Bachelor of Science in Arts Administration—Theatre (BS)
  • See Department of Dance—Degree Programs for Bachelor of Science in Dance (Arts Administration) (BS)