Why Arts Administration?
Arts Administration combines a passion for the arts with the business know-how that keeps them active and integral parts of our communities. Arts administration is more than a career - it's a commitment to bringing joy, insight and inspiration to people's lives as only the arts can do. A wide variety of opportunities abound for satisfying and rewarding careers in managing the arts - whether in the growing nonprofit sector or in for-profit entertainment-including:
- Entertainment Law
- Venue Management
- Artist Management and Representation
- Production Management
- Stage Management
- Touring Management
- Educational Programming
- Artist Research and Development
- Policy Development
- Gallery Management
Why Arts Administration at Rider?
Rider University is a smaller liberal-arts institution, which affords smaller classes, more individualized attention from faculty and a real sense of community. Rider's undergraduate Arts Administration program provides a solid foundation-whether continuing on to graduate study, breaking directly into the field, or pursuing related fields such as:
- Institutional Advancement
- Nonprofit Management
- Small Business Management
No matter the direction, the Arts Administration experience at Rider sets students on a course for lifelong success!
Rider's quiet campus location-40 minutes from Philadelphia and just over an hour from Manhattan-makes for an ideal blend of traditional campus life and access to some of the finest performing and visual arts programming in the world. Arts Administration at Rider takes advantage of its unique location by:
Drawing in top professionals to teach, guest lecture and network with students.
Recent guests have included: The Tony-winning lead producers of the musical Memphis; top Broadway, film and television agents and casting directors; executives from Warner Brothers, Octone and other mainstream and independent recording labels.
Hosting networking events for students.
Placing interns in top arts institutions.
Recent internship placements include Live Nation; Boosey & Hawkes; International Creative Management; McCarter Theater; MTV; Harry Fox Agency; Princeton Festival; and many more.
Engaging top professionals through New York Networking.
Recent site visits and meetings include Disney Theatricals; Imagem Records; ASCAP; NYC Department of Cultural Affairs; Actor's Equity; Recording Academy; Jazz at Lincoln Center; and NBC/Universal Television.
Building community among majors and across the University.
Arts Admin at Rider is a hub of arts activity, generating exciting multi-arts projects including an annual campus-wide arts festival; coffeehouse events; networking events; concerts; and more.
A Balanced, Integrated, Student-Centered Approach
Arts Administration at Rider is unique among undergraduate programs in the country. It is specifically designed to fully integrate artistic and business components to instill real-world insight and skill-sets. A balance of theoretical and practical-across the curriculum and among the faculty-helps students understand foundational assumptions and theories and how to apply them in practice.
Rider's commitment to Arts Administration is evidenced in designated space (the Arts Administration Center) and resources that afford our majors unique opportunities to enhance learning, build community and expand networking capacity. Resources support the student-run Arts Management Association, Arts Admin Ensemble, and a variety of networking and other events each year.
Arts Administration Curriculum Overview
The degree requirements within Arts Administration (BA) incorporate a core curriculum of 39 credits, as well as a chosen emphasis or concentration comprising 12-15 credits depending upon the emphasis chosen. Each emphasis incorporates studio or applied skills, historical and practical coursework within one or a combination of two chosen arts discipline(s). In addition, majors select 9 credits of Arts Administration electives - courses selected from a list of options which expand professional skills development beyond those specific to the Arts. These range from public relations and communications to professional writing and other options housed beyond the School of Fine and Performing Arts.
Rounding out the degree is the general university requirements and a number of "free electives" which commonly are applied to minors or second majors in one of the arts disciplines or related administrative fields of interest (ie: marketing, event planning and production, business administration, etc.).
For admission information, call 609-896-5042 or visit www.rider.edu/admissions.
For more information about the program, call 609-896-5246 or contact:
Todd Dellinger devised and built the uniquely integrated, theoretical & practical learning Arts Administration program and directs the Arts Administration Center at Rider, drawing from more than twenty years' experience in the field after earning his Masters in Arts Administration from the American University in Washington, D.C. Prior to Rider, Mr.