Arts Administration (Minor)

Arts Administration (Minor)
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What is arts administration?

The arts administration minor is designed to develop the skillset necessary for work in the diverse field of arts management and arts entrepreneurship. You’ll gain experience in accounting, marketing and business administration and other critical areas that help prepare students for careers in the nonprofit and for-profit arts sectors. The knowledge acquired in this minor is also designed to be applied to the development, funding,marketing and management of projects created by fine and performing artists.

Why study arts administration at UNH?

The award-winning faculty in the UNH Departments of Theatre and Dance, Music and Art offer students an enormous spectrum of fine and performing arts opportunities and learning experiences to connect and enhance the study of Arts Administration.  The Paul College of Business and Economics is one of the nation’s top ranked business schools with renowned faculty in the areas of marketing, management, finance and accounting. This unique minor is designed to bring exposure to the arts for non-fine and performing arts majors, and business-related skills for those in the arts.

Potential career areas

  • Arts organization directing
  • Arts related business
  • Theatre, dance, music company management
  • Gallery management
  • Fun-raising and development
  • Marketing
  • Producing
  • Youth Arts Management

Administrative Manager, Theatre & Dance
Phone: (603) 862-3038
Office: Theatre & Dance, Paul Creative Arts Center Rm D22AB, Durham, NH 03824

Curriculum & Requirements

The minor in arts administration is designed to give students in the fine and performing arts a base knowledge and skill set that can be applied to a wide range of job opportunities related to arts management, administration and entrepreneurship in the creative economy. It has also been created for students enrolled in the Peter T. Paul School of Business, as well as majors in other disciplines, to expand their knowledge base in the fine and performing arts area of their greatest interest. These courses are combined with specific classes in arts administration to prepare students for opportunities within the nonprofit and for-profit arts sectors. Students who major in theatre or one if its theatre or dance options may minor in arts administration provided no more than 8 credits are used to satisfy both major and minor requirements.

Contact Michael Wood, (603) 862-3038.

Required Courses
ACC 501Survey of Accounting4
or ADMN 502 Financial Accounting
MKTG 530Survey of Marketing4
or ADMN 585 Marketing
THDA 541Arts Administration and Entrepreneurship4
Elective Courses8
For students pursuing majors in The Peter T Paul School of Business or the fine and performing arts division of COLA: Two elective courses from the following list (electives must be taken outside your home college unless indicated). For all other students, two elective courses from the following list. At least one elective course must be in the fine or performing arts.
ARTH 400
Topics in Art History
ARTH 480
Introduction to Art History
ARTS 510
Principles of Design 1
ARTS 532
Introductory Drawing
ARTS 552
Introductory Digital Photography
MGT 520
Topics in Management (Thinking Like an Entrepreneur, Negotiations)
MGT 540
Leading with Impact: Strategies for Modern Leadership
MGT 640
Human Resource Management
MKTG 547
Promotion and Advertising
MKTG 649
Foundations of Personal Selling
MKTG 520
Topics in Marketing (Understanding Your Customer)
PAUL 450
Personal Finance
THDA 442
Introduction to the Art of Acting
THDA 459
THDA 462
Ballet I
THDA 463
Theatre Dance I
THDA 548
Stage Lighting Design and Execution
THDA 555
Acting The Song
THDA #641
Stage Management
THDA 791
Internship in Theatre and Dance 2
Total Credits20

This course can be taken by students pursuing majors in the fine and performing arts division of COLA.  This course cannot also be used toward completion of any major in Art and Art History.


This course can be taken by students pursuing majors in the fine and performing arts division of COLA.  This course cannot also be used toward completion of the Theatre & Dance major.  Course must be specifically focused on Arts Administration.

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