Fall 2015

AAD 520: The Arts and Artists in Society

Course synopsis

The arts and artists have influenced concepts of love, war, religion, race, ethnicity and gender and helped societies face problems, celebrate accomplishments, mourn losses, beautify environments and drive economies. The course will investigate the intersection of arts and civic life. Through writing research papers, exploring topics including the intrinsic and extrinsic value of the arts, and through analyzing social, economic and political trends, students will learn the role of the arts and artists in historical and contemporary society.


AAD 320: Fundraising for the Arts

Course synopsis

In the United States, a significant amount of nonprofit arts organizations’ income comes from unearned revenue through fundraising. Without substantial knowledge and skills specific to fundraising in the nonprofit sector, arts organizations may not be able to sustain themselves long-term. This course prepares students to understand the function of fundraising in arts organizations and helps them pursue careers in fundraising and development within the nonprofit arts sector. Furthermore, this course will guide students through the key theories, principles, processes, and programs of fundraising.


Spring 2016

AAD 750: Capstone Course in Arts Administration

Course synopsis

As the final course in the graduate program in Arts Administration, students will demonstrate their knowledge of the field through the completion of a significant research project.  Students will design an independent study utilizing recognized research methodology under the guidance of their faculty advisor and graduate committee.  The research findings, conclusions and recommendations will be presented as both a formal research paper and video presentation.


AAD 370: Financial Management for Arts Organizations II

Course synopsis

Financial management is a core function within the management of cultural and arts organizations. It is the foundation upon which the resources (human, physical, and financial) of any organization are maintained and monitored. In the nonprofit sector, the relationship of “mission to money” is an important conceptual framework, and must be understood by arts managers. Financial analysis is an essential requisite for sound strategic planning and governance, and managers of nonprofit arts organizations are the source of financial information.