At a Glance
- We offer the BFA, the degree awarded to professional artists. Other arts management programs only offer a BA or BS, providing fewer art classes. This means students are trained to be both artists and arts business managers.
- Students can double major in Arts Management and Studio Art while at Cazenovia College, without extra time, or added cost.
- Students learn the necessary skills to run businesses and non-profit organizations while becoming professional artists.
- On-campus student-run businesses provide practical experience in pricing and selling art, while managing a small business.
- Internships, coursework, and other hands-on experiences provide arts management, gallery, and museum skills.
- Arts Management students may enroll, while undergrads, in LeMoyne College’s master’s degree program in Arts Administration. With this special arrangement, students can complete a graduate degree in as little as one year at a reduced cost.
- Accredited by National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Arts Management prepares students for careers as artists, arts entrepreneurs, and arts management professionals. This program, the only one of its kind in New York State and one of few in the world, features the right combination of business, communications, and marketing courses alongside rigorous studio art training and a foundation in the liberal arts.
Looking for a major to prepare you for professional success in a creative field? The NASAD-accredited Arts Management program at Cazenovia College is right for you.
Our focus on business and professional skills prepares students for entry-level positions in a wide range of careers in arts management and art creation, including: arts entrepreneurs, fine artists, small business owners or artisans; in arts administration, development, promotion, museum studies, gallery or art center management, theater/dance/music management, festival management, or in arts policy. 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. Students combine in-depth art training with a solid background in business and marketing. Real-life business opportunities exist through internships and two student-centered businesses on campus, providing valuable practical 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.
- Earn valuable practical art business experience!
- CazMade – a student-centered artisan shop. Students (and others) create and sell handcrafted items, gaining experience in art production, pricing and sales.
- smART (student-made ART) – a student-run recycled glass sustainable business. Students repurpose old bottles into ingenious, functional items such as platters and candle holders. Profits provide training and employment to students.
- Holiday Craft Fair – an annual student hosted craft fair where students can sell their handmade creations to the public.
- 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 as little as a year. 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 an international artist-in-residency program and sweeping views of the countryside. Students may exhibit their art and work on the grounds; some students complete internships there.
- Arts Management seniors may use the dedicated senior studio space in Jephson Campus A.
- Arts Management majors may choose to double-major in Studio art, enhancing their art professionalism and employability following graduation.
- Most students also 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.