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Arts Administration M.A.


Graduate Assistant Office
Milneburg Hall
Phone: 504-280-7134

Your Place in the Field

The Master's in Arts Administration at UNO offers a finely tuned balance of academic theory and real-world exposure to the arts industry with emphases on career preparedness, best practices, and trends in the changing business environment. The Arts Administration profession is unique in the range of interests and aptitudes it requires and accommodates:

  • outgoing social connectors and those who prefer leading from behind the scenes
  • those who enjoy working with numbers, and those more comfortable in production, writing, and other areas
  • those with an innate passion for the arts and those more drawn to the processes and practices whereby art is
    created and brought to the public’s attention
  • those who enjoy working in larger institutions and those preferring a more intimate atmosphere
  • those interested in arts practice versus arts education.

The UNO Arts Administration Master’s curriculum recognizes and celebrates this breadth and seeks to prepare and support qualified students from a diversity of interests and backgrounds for productive and satisfying careers.

The curriculum design also recognizes that while incoming students have a desire to work in the field, they may enter the Program not knowing their precise area of interest. Through mentoring, coursework, and field experience, students are guided towards the right career choices.

Program Focus

The Program examines many crucial elements of the business that underlies artistic creation and public delivery, including:

  • Public arts policy and advocacy
  • The generation and management of public cultural activity such as exhibits, performances, arts education, and community programs
  • The commercial and non-profit sides of the business of culture, including organizational structures and staff roles
  • The critical stakeholders in the business of culture, their relationships to one another, and their roles in the process, including artists, managers, agents, producers, presenters, boards of directors, donors, and audiences
  • The relationship of money to culture, including production budgeting, earned revenue generation, and fundraising;
  • Marketing the arts
  • Legal issues such as copyrights, licensing, and contracts

Museum Studies Opportunity at SUNO

In collaboration with Southern University of New Orleans (to the east of our campus along the lakefront), beginning in the fall, AADM students can enroll in courses offered by SUNO's Graduate Museum Studies Program.  Courses include Exhibition Design, Intro to Museology and Museum Writing and Research. Students will receive graduate elective credit for these courses.

Full list of courses available this fall