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What is arts administration?

The Arts Administration program is designed for students who love art, but are more interested in the business side of the industry. If you want to pursue a career in communications, marketing, fundraising or programming in a fun, arts-related industry, this is definitely the program for you.

Why arts administration at OSU?

If you are interested in the business side of art, you can choose to major in arts administration with an emphasis in Art History, Studio Art, Dance, or Theatre. Working with the Gardiner Art Gallery, the OSU Museum of Art, and the Theatre Department, these experiences will allow you to graduate not only with a degree, but also with real-world, hands-on experience in your field.

Career paths

Arts Administration provides you with the instruction needed to successfully run a robust arts producing organization. This degree helps you develop strong communication skills — written, spoke, and visual — and gives you experience in problem solving and analysis. A B.A. in Arts Administration couples a high degree of appreciation for the arts with administrative and business acumen to prepare you for a career in:

  • Arts Marketing
  • Community Outreach
  • Box Office Management
  • Arts Management
  • Public Relations
  • Museum Management
  • Theatre Producing
  • Public Arts Management


OSU Students examining a piece of art

On-the-job experience

Students play a vital role in every aspect of the OSU Museum of Art’s operation. We offer opportunities that allow students to be involved in all areas of museum work such as installing exhibitions, writing labels, working with faculty to design exhibitions, and helping with the day-to-day operations by serving as guards and working in visitor services positions.

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