Why Major in Arts Administration?

Arts administration is a rapidly growing and vital field. If you have a passion for the arts and a mind for business, we can start you on your way to a professional career in both. There are more than 100,000 arts organizations in the United States, more than ever before. The ARTSA degree program equips our graduates with the knowledge and skills to help artists succeed by realizing their creative vision and sharing that vision with the broader public.

Why Penn State Behrend?

Penn State Behrend’s Arts Administration (ARTSA) major is the only one of its kind in the university and one of the very few such undergraduate programs in the country.

You want a career in the arts AND you want to eat. We get it. ARTSA prepares you with courses in management, event planning, marketing, public relations, grant writing, and strategic planning, as well as courses in the arts. You bring passion AND professional skills to the workplace.

Internships with arts organizations selected with your career goals in mind. Do you want to work on event planning for orchestras? Marketing in art museums? Running a summer arts program? Internships are available with regional and national arts organizations including the Chautauqua Institution, Erie Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, and the Brooklyn Museum. Other internship opportunities can be arranged.

Do you want to travel? Want to get credit for it? We regularly offer a course featuring a spring break trip to Rome, Italy.

The arts faculty at Penn State Behrend brings world-class experience to the classroom. Film and television acting, recording contracts, international scholarship, grant expertise, orchestral conducting, community outreach, choral directing, designing art gallery exhibitions, and artwork in nationally exhibited shows. Our faculty are doers and teachers.