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Arts Administration

Providing an education in arts management and leadership.

Our program stresses the premise that art, education, and administration combined make a significant contribution to the total human endeavor.

The curriculum is based on a strong foundation in the arts (music) and in the context of increasing social, technological, and economic change.

Bridges to Your Career

The College of Music’s Arts Administration program is designed for students who seek administrative or management positions with arts organizations including performing arts centers, symphony orchestras, opera companies, choruses, museums, government and private arts agencies, community arts programs, and arts councils. The program aims to bridge theory and practice through coursework and a required internship. Our graduates have gone on to hold positions with prominent arts organizations around the country including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Grand Opera, the National Endowment for the Arts and Tessitura.

Strong Community

FSU offers the unique opportunity to study arts administration in a music context and be a part of the College of Music community. Our faculty are full-time residential teachers with vast experience in the field of arts administration. Small class sizes allow students to build strong relationships with faculty and students. Students will also work with faculty and students in the College of Fine Arts and take courses with students studying Arts Administration and Theatre Management in the Department of Art Education and the School of Theatre.

Arts Administration at FSU

Florida State University offers two Masters of Arts in Arts Administration programs and a Masters of Fine Arts in Theatre Management:

  • Arts Administration/Music is offered through the College of Music and is designed specifically for individuals with a prior degree in Music
  • Arts Administration/Art is offered through the College of Fine Arts, Department of Art Education and is open to individuals with a prior degree in Art, Arts Education, Arts Administration, or Performing Arts.
  • Theatre Management is offered through the College of Fine Arts, School of Theatre and designed specifically for individuals with a prior degree in theatre.

The programs do intermingle and students will often take classes both in the College of Fine Arts and the College of Music. When applying, please be sure to select the appropriate program for your particular interests and background.

For more information on the Arts Administration program, contact Kristopher Watson.

Arts Administration Faculty

Kristopher Watson

  • Assistant Dean of Admissions and Recruitment
  • Interim Program Director of Arts Administration

Mauricio Peña

  • Teaching Faculty I (Specialized Faculty)
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Graduate Programs

Master of Arts in Arts Administration

Specialized Studies Programs

Specialized Studies - Arts Administration

Open to doctoral students in the College of Music.

Program of Study