Careers in the production of the arts, leisure, and entertainment represent rapidly expanding sectors of the US and world economies, particularly over the past decade. The 36-credit program in Arts and Entertainment Administration prepares students for professional careers related to the production of programs in the arts and entertainment, including the performing arts, theatre, visual arts, museum studies, shows, and entertainment venues. The program draws upon the strong arts and museum programs at Valparaiso University as well as the rich artistic opportunities in Northwest Indiana and Chicago. A wide range of professionals and entrants may find the program beneficial, including performing artists, teachers, business professionals, casino managers, showplace managers, managers of cultural organizations, and government and privately sponsored performance groups.  Students whose backgrounds at the undergraduate level lie in the performing and visual arts or whose career backgrounds include theater production, music performance, and production/oversight of other entertainment venues will likely be the most successful candidates for this program and are encouraged to apply.  

In addition to adhering to the guidelines of professional organizations associated with Arts Education, the program offers a number of distinctive features, including coursework and experiences related to:

  • International arts and entertainment management, including possible internship placements in the US and abroad.
  • Entertainment perspective for those from the for-profit sector.
  • Legal and Business issues related to arts and entertainment management.
  • Entrepreneurship and production coursework anticipating future directions and needs within arts and entertainment.

Program Delivery

The Arts & Entertainment Administration program is designed for accessibility.  Working professionals are encouraged to contact the Graduate School for options regarding online classes, workshops, and professional development.  Many of our students complete the entire program while holding full-time jobs in the arts and entertainment fields.

Summer Workshops for Students and Professionals

This course, "Trends, Marketing, and Promotion in Arts and Entertainment Administration" will be offered to both professionals and current students.  This week-long class will include daily instruction by professionals, networking receptions with professionals in arts and entertainment, and visits to arts and entertainment facilities in northwest Indiana and Chicago. Please contact the Graduate School more information.

Curriculum (36-48 credits):

The program consists of core requirements and electives. Included in the core is an internship experience or research project which may be waived for persons already employed in an appropriate professional setting. Depending on the student's preparation, the program may be completed in 18-24 months. If a student has both arts and business backgrounds, 36 credits are required. If a student lacks background in one of these two areas, then 42 credits are required. If a student lacks background in both areas, the student will need to take preparatory coursework in both areas and thus complete 48 credits.

 Core Requirements (26 cr):
 AE 501
 Arts & Entertainment Administration
 3 cr
 AE 610
 Managing Facilities
 2 cr
 AE 615  Marketing, Planning, & Promotion
 2 cr
 AE 650  International Arts & Entertainment
 2 cr
 AE 680  Comprehensive Project Planning & Implementation
 2 cr
 AE 689  Professional & Career Development  0-1 cr
 AE 699  Continuity & Change in Arts & Entertainment
 2 cr
 AE 675
 Law & Legal Principles
 3 cr
  Choose one:
 AE 686
 1-4 cr
 AE 692
 Research Project
 1-4 cr
 Choose one:
 AE 620  Cross-Cultural Management  3 cr
 AE 621
 Global Leadership & Team Development  3 cr
 Choose one:
 AE 630
 Financial Management for Arts
 2 cr
 AE 750 
 Entrepreneurship  2 cr
 Choose one:
 AE 670
 Entertainment Law
 3 cr
 AE 671
 Art and the Law
 2 cr
  Electives (10 cr):
 AE 603  Information Management in the Arts  3 cr
 AE 635  Volunteerism & Philanthropy  3 cr
 AE 673  Sports and the Law  2 cr
 AE 686
 Internship  1-4 cr
 AE 690
 Topics in Arts & Entertainment Administration
 1-3 cr
 AE 692
 Research Project
 1-4 cr
 ART 590  Special Studies (Topic: Museum Studies)  3 cr
 Art/Music/Theatre courses  0-9 cr
COMM courses (as approved)  0-9 cr
 ICP 690
 Advanced Topics in ICP (Topic: Non-Profit Organizations)
 3 cr
 LS 690
 Topics in Liberal Studies (Topic: Grant Writing)
 3 cr
Business courses at the 700 level
 0-6 cr

Admission Requirements:

Applicants are required to meet the standard admission criteria for the Graduate School. In addition, applicants should have a background in either the arts, business, or both. A background in the arts is defined as a minor in any arts field; persons lacking this background will need to take at least 6 credits in specified arts courses or have had extensive career/professional experience in the field. A background in business is defined as a business minor; persons lacking this background will be required to take at least 6 credits in specified business courses or have had extensive career/professional experience in the field.

Early Entry Option for VU Undergraduates

Qualified VU juniors and seniors may apply to begin graduate course work in Arts & Entertainment Administration prior to graduation.  This unique program allows students to save time and money on their graduate programs.  For more information, students should speak with their academic advisors and contact an admissions counselor at the Graduate School.

Financial Considerations:

Students may be surprised to discover the affordable tuition rate at Valparaiso University.  Please visit the Student Financial Services website for current tuition rates. Financial aid may be available for students taking 6 credits or more during fall and spring semesters. 

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