The Graduate Program in Arts Administration at the University of New Orleans, begun in 1982, prepares students for administrative careers within arts organizations, among them, galleries, museums, opera organizations, theaters, dance companies, music production, auction houses, film societies, festivals, municipal art programs, art education programs and community art centers. The curriculum offers elective courses in nonprofit organizations, business and the arts, plus required specialized arts administration courses. The program then culminates in a 480-hour internship giving students practical experience in the field.
In addition to the academic opportunities of this program, New Orleans itself is a unique city, rich in culture and possessing a lively arts community that offers students important experiences beyond the confines of the classroom.
The Graduate Program in Arts Administration offers the ultimate balance of the classroom and the real-world issues of the arts industry. Art administration examines many crucial elements of an arts organization including:
- Functions such as exhibits, performances, education and community relationships
- Organizational structures such as staff, board, membership and audience
- Financial health such as fundraising, donor relationships, gifts, grants and spending
- Legal issues such as copyrights, contracts and agencies
The importance of networking and building relationships is an important facet of the program providing students with exposure to professionals through classroom guest speakers, site visits and opportunities through volunteer opportunities, practica and the program's required internship.
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