Applied Minor

Arts Management Applied Minor

The arts management applied minor develops leadership and organizational expertise for application to arts and cultural organizations by strengthening performing and visual arts with managerial and entrepreneurial skills.

The arts management applied minor aims to:

  • Build a bridge that empowers students in the arts with business skills that will be of use to them as independent contractors, arts administrators and future leaders in arts organizations.
  • Encourage global management students and those with an interest in entrepreneurship and innovation to develop their individual creative problem-solving and expression skills.
  • Help students to learn more about how these skills and can be combined in support of nonprofit arts organizations.

Students who don’t feel that they start with either a business or arts mindset will develop analysis, organization, expression and creative problem-solving skills, as they gain practical experience in collaboration and project management.

To earn an applied minor in arts management, you must complete the following requirements.


Sub-Total Credit Hours
  • At least three courses from the Visual and Performing Arts division that add to a minimum of seven credits
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Co-curricular activity

Complete one of the following co-curricular activities:

  • Employment with Earlham Office of Events – minimum 30 hours
  • Employment with Departments of Theatre Arts, Music or Visual Arts – minimum 30 hours – faculty/staff
  • A leadership position in a student-run arts organization – 1 semester
  • Gallery practicum
  • Fringe Theatre Festival Company participation – 1 production cycle
  • Volunteering with an off-campus arts organization – minimum 30 hours
  • Internship with an off-campus arts organization (if second internship) – minimum 30 hours
  • An arts & entrepreneurship May term – 3 weeks
  • Other experiences to be considered by petition

Culminating experience

Students would be required to submit a portfolio of that consists of two job ads and material to apply to those positions (e.g. cover letter and cv/resume, as well as any other materials), outlining preparation for jobs in the field of Arts Management.