Leading from Behind the Scenes

Whether your dream is to run a theatre company, manage a gallery or be the creative force behind the scenes, you’ll be prepared. Arts management is one of a handful of BFA programs in the country and the only BFA in the Midwest that allows students to develop the knowledge and skills they need to become highly sought-after professionals. The discipline combines the tools of business — management, marketing, media development, planning — with community-building skills like fundraising, development, education and volunteerism to build bridges between art, artists and audiences. You will help create your city’s culture.

The C-SC Difference

Our BFA in Arts Management is one of the most versatile and personalized degrees at C-SC! You will take courses in art, music, theatre, communication, and business. Focus your studies on the areas that interest YOU and we offer a wide variety of experiences both in the classroom and in production from your first semester on campus to your final Senior Capstone project. Participate immediately on the stage or behind the scenes, designing, managing art galleries and front-of-house and run PR events for organizations. Best of all, talent scholarships are available to assist with your education.

A career in Arts Management gives you the general tools to manage any company while still nurturing your creative and artistic side. I’ve found it fulfilling to learn practical management skills while sharing my love of the arts at venues across the country.

– Nicole Herrington ’09

Art Galleries & Venues

Alexander Campbell Auditorium

Alexander Campbell Auditorium

Alexander Campbell Auditorium is a proscenium theatre built in 1966 with a seating capacity of more than 900. The auditorium is used for musicals and larger theatre productions.

Mabee Gallery

Mabee Art Gallery

The Mabee Art Gallery can be found on the main level of the Herrick Foundation Center. The gallery extends up into a second story balcony overlooking the main floor which features the center jump circle from the original basketball court previously housed in the building. The gallery hosts shows from renowned regional and national artists, faculty exhibits, and student honor and senior shows.

Mabee Little Theatre

Mabee Little Theatre

Mabee Little Theatre is a flexible seating "Black Box" experimental theatre, used for theatre department productions and student-directed productions. It is housed in the lower level of the Alexander Campbell Auditorium.

Merillat Recital Hall

Merillat Recital Hall

Merillat Recital Hall is a 225-seat area used for the opera workshop, student recitals, and other events.

What can I do with an Arts Management Degree?

Public relations
Arts councils
Hospitality and entertainment management
Higher education
Art galleries
Website production

Fueling the arts in your community will improve the quality of your life, but also the life of the community.

Beyond the Classroom

  • Student Experiences
    • Theta Alpha Phi – Theatre Honors Fraternity
    • Travel Study courses offered frequently
    • Service learning opportunities
    • Opera workshops
    • Musical ensembles
  • Professional Experiences
    • Exploratory and Professional Internships
    • Multiple theatrical performances each year
    • Multiple gallery showings each year
    • Summer work in productions

Information About Our Minors

Our minor in Arts Management pairs well with Theatre, Music, Art, Communication, Psychology, English and History.