At a Glance
The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Arts Management prepares students simultaneously for careers as both artists and arts management professionals. This program, unique to New York State, features the right combination of business, communications, and marketing courses alongside rigorous studio art training and a foundation in the liberal arts.
If you are looking for a major that will prepare you for professional success in a creative field, the NASAD accredited Art Management program at Cazenovia College is the place for you.
Our focus on business, critical-thinking and professional skills prepares students for entry-level positions in a wide range of careers in arts management and art creating, including: arts administration, development, promotion, museum studies, gallery or art center management, theater/dance/music management, festival management, arts policy, small business ownership, entrepreneurial endeavors or as fine arts and artisans. Students will additionally be well prepared for graduate school.
Dedicated, professional faculty carefully mentor students though a highly individualized approach tailored to each student’s artistic, academic and career goals. As students progress through the studio art, business, and professional sequences of courses, they combine an intimate knowledge of the arts with a solid background in business and marketing. Additionally, real-life business opportunities exist through internships and two student-centered businesses on campus, providing valuable practical management, retail, artistic, and marketing experience. Students in Arts Management exit the college well-prepared to become arts management professionals or practicing artists ready to start and manage their own business.
Cazenovia College is accredited by the prestigious National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Meeting NASAD standards confirms that Cazenovia’s curricula, faculty, facilities and student work are among the best in the U.S.
- Students will demonstrate solid business and management skills, display an understanding of the role of the arts in the public and private sectors, and apply their artistic insight to the management of the arts.
- Students will demonstrate competency with the use of visual forms and design principles in both two-dimensional and three-dimensional media.
- Students will possess the technical skills, knowledge, and experience needed to begin their careers in one or more art-related fields or to pursue graduate study.
An additional studio facility, the Printmaking Studio, is found on main campus in Coleman Hall. Reisman Hall includes a large professional gallery and sculpture court, exhibiting the work of students, faculty and other professional artists. Arts Management majors have opportunities to learn how to install and manage exhibits here and elsewhere on campus. The computer labs and photo studio in Reisman Hall are available for student use.
- A variety of arts management opportunities await Cazenovia Arts Management majors. CazMade, now in its 3rd year, is a student-centered artisan shop housed within the College bookstore. Students, alumni, and staff have the opportunity to create and sell handcrafted items. In this way they learn about artistic production, pricing, and retail sales. Additionally, student managers learn all the ins and outs of owning and expanding a real business. Other student-run ventures include smART and the annual Holiday Craft Fair. Theater management opportunities, gallery assistant positions, and internships at museums, galleries and artisan businesses round out student experiences.
- Since 2011, the student-run artisan business smART (student-made ART) has provided students interested in art/craft production, business skills and arts management with real-life experience in running and growing an art-based, sustainable business. Students repurpose wine bottles and corks from Magnus Ridge Winery on Seneca Lake into useful, ingenious products. Profits from sales are returned to the business and provide training and employment to students interested in art business management and kiln-formed glass.
- Cazenovia College offers a special opportunity for Arts Management majors to be accepted while still an undergraduate into the LeMoyne College MS in Arts Administration. Students completing their BFA in Arts Management will have 6 graduate credits waived, and be able to complete their graduate studies in 18 months or less. Learn More: Read About the "Accelerated Path Program" | View the Memorandum of Understanding with LeMoyne College (pdf)
- Each student completes one or more professional internships, specifically selected in conjunction with the internship instructor. They explore careers, gain important professional experience, and form professional networks.
- Our students benefit from a strong relationship with nearby Stone Quarry Hill Art Park, a nationally-recognized outdoor sculpture and nature park with a seasonal gallery, international artist-in-residency program, and sweeping views of the surrounding countryside. Students may exhibit their art in the gallery, work on the grounds and occasionally complete internships in its bucolic setting.
- Arts Management seniors may use the dedicated senior studio space in Jephson Campus A.
- Arts Management majors may choose one or more minors to complement their major studies. Art History, Social Media Production, Photography, Studio Art, Communication Studies and Visual Communications are popular choices. For non-majors, the Arts Management minor is available.
Art galleries: director, marketing director, sales staff, educator, development
Art centers: director, educator, director of programming, marketing, community liaison
Auction houses: appraisers, sales staff, art handlers
Box office manager
Small business owner
Self-employed artist or artisan
Government agencies: policy expert
Non-profit management: any nonprofit agency
See Degree Requirements: General Education requirements (33)
Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Information Literacy:
SA 498 Senior Project: Research and Development (3)
Senior Capstone: SA 499 Senior Project: Thesis Exhibition (3)
TOTAL GENERAL EDUCATION CREDITS - 39
FA 111 Art History I (3)
FA 112 Art History II (3)
FA 210 Art of the World (3)
FA 351 Museum as Medium (3)
FA 401 Contemporary Developments in the Arts (3)
FA 405 Arts in the Community (3)
Total Arts & Sciences Program Credits - 18
AC 110 Fundamentals of Accounting (3)
BU 110 Principles of Management (3)
BU 215 Arts Management (3)
BU 233 Human Resources Management (3)
BU 240 Principles of Marketing (3)
SA 111 Drawing: Perception/Observation (3)
SA 115 Careers in Art and Photography (1)
SA 131 Design and Color Theory (3)
SA 132 or 168 Structuring Human Space or Time, Movement and Narrative (3)
SA 161 Digital Photography I (3)
Choose 2 of the following:
SA 241 Ceramics (3)
SA 242 Sculpture (3)
SA 308 Small Metals/Jewelry (3)
Choose 2 of the following:
SA 212 Drawing: Representation and Expression (3)
SA 221 Painting (3)
SA 231 Printmaking (3)
SA 335 Junior Seminar I (1)
SA 336 Junior Seminar II (1)
SA 345 or 346 Intermediate 2D Studio I or Intermediate 3D Studio I (3)
SA 355 or 356 Intermediate 2D Studio II or Intermediate 3D Studio II (3)
SA 361 Site and Space (3)
SA 381 Internship (3)
SA 393 Internship Preparation (1)
SA 445 or 446 Advanced 2D Studio or Advanced 3D Studio (3)
SA 493 Professional Practices and Portfolio (3)
VC 174 Digital Page Layout (3)
Total Career Program Credits - 67
100-400 level (0)
300/400 level (0)
Total Open Elective Credits - 0