Course Information

Click on any course title below to read its description. Courses offered in the upcoming semester include a schedule along with the course description. The Arts Administration graduate degree program offers practical internship opportunities as well as international experience.

METAR510 Arts Leaders Forum

The "Arts Leaders Forum" consists of a series of conversations with arts leaders, including entrepreneurs, community leaders and established industry experts. Each week guests will share their experiences with the class. In addition to guest speakers, students will focus on leadership skills and exercises through readings and cases. The goal of this course is to give students insight into the pressing issues of managing arts organizations, to gain leadership skills and to provide insight into career options. [4 credits]

SPRG 2021

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Juarez Echen CGS 527 M 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
METAR550 Raising Funds and Grant Writing for Nonprofit Organizations

An examination of ways to raise funds from government, foundation, corporate, and individual sources. The following topics will be addressed through lectures and case analysis: the history of philanthropy, the planning and research process, proposal and grant preparation, program evaluation, and the role of the board and staff in developing effective fundraising strategies. [4 credits]

SPRG 2021

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Ibrahim HAR 326 W 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm

FALL 2021

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Ibrahim CAS 208 T 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm

FALL 2021

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
O2 IND Ibrahim ARR TBD – TBD
METAR577 Comparative Cultural Policy and Administration

Drawing on the resources of Boston University and its partner institutions in Boston, London, and Paris, this course examines the nature of cultural policy in the United States, United Kingdom, France, and the European Union. Through class discussions and readings (drawn from public policy and economics), lectures by leading arts administration practitioners and policy makers in Paris and London, and visits to important international cultural venues, this course will examine the impact of cultural and national differences on the cultural policy making process. [4 credits]

METAR587 The Arts in Barcelona

This course will look at the ways in which the arts have played a key role in the history of Barcelona and by extension, Catalonia. To understand the city and its inhabitants and their sensibility one needs to have some knowledge of history -- particularly 20th century history. To the Catalonian, Spain is to some degree an intellectual and political construct. With its own language, culture traditions and cuisine the Catalonian sees himself as distinct from the Castilian Spanish speaking population of Spain. As a culture that experienced considerable oppression -- especially during the Franco regime, Catalonians are eager to celebrate and preserve their distinct customs and traditions. This has become particularly important in recent years as the movement for Catalan independence has gained momentum. The course will meet several times on the Charles River Campus before travel to Barcelona. [4 credits]

METAR690 The Art World

An examination of the arts institutions, issues, and forces that shape the contemporary art world. Surveys the institutions and actors that comprise the ecology of the art world, and examines significant recent trends within a model of four interrelated spheres: 1) Individuals; 2) Government; 3) the Nonprofit Sector; and 4) the Private Sector. Explores how stakeholders connect and interact with each other while engaging with significant institutions and the public to affect the cultural history of our time. This is the gateway course in the Arts Administration Program, and is usually taken in the first semester. Non-Arts Administration students contact the Arts Administration Program, 1010 Commonwealth Ave. [4 credits]

SPRG 2021

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND DeNatale AGG G105 T 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm

FALL 2021

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND DeNatale PSY 212 W 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm

FALL 2021

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A2 IND Oneal SOC B59 W 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
METAR711 Capital Campaigns

This course is designed to broaden the student?s understanding of capital campaign fundraising. Topics include: feasibility studies; strategic planning and budgeting; private and public phases; ethical responsibilities; staff, donor, volunteer, board, and trustee management; major gift solicitation; campaign communications; trend analysis; and evaluation. The course curriculum will include readings, case studies, guest speakers, and analysis of current capital campaign projects. [4 credits]

SPRG 2021

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
O2 IND Doorley-Simb ARR TBD – TBD
METAR720 Marketing and Audience Development for the Arts

This course is designed to provide fundamental background in the theory and principles of arts marketing and audience development used by nonprofit performing and visual arts organizations. Case analysis will be employed to review strategies and practices currently used in the cultural sector. Students will be expected to develop their own marketing plans for an arts organization. [4 credits]

FALL 2021

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Peterson CAS 208 W 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
METAR722 Educational Programming in Cultural Institutions

This course will review the history, theory, and practice of educational programming and audience engagement in both museums and performing arts organizations. Emphasis will be on analysis of program design, implementation, and evaluation, teacher training, and creation of youth and adult learning programs. [4 credits]

SPRG 2021

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Evans CAS 204B T 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
METAR723 Individual Fundraising

This course will address the full range of issues related to attracting financial support from individuals. Topics will include: raising dollars annually for operations, raising funds through special events (fundraisers), cultivating and soliciting major gifts, and the basics of bequests and estate planning as well as ethical issues and working effectively with donors and volunteers. Course work will include readings, case studies, and guest speakers. [4 credits]

SPRG 2021

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Karabatsos CGS 527 R 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm

SPRG 2021

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
O1 IND Karabatsos ARR TBD – TBD
METAR730 Political and Public Advocacy for the Arts

This course will address the politics of arts and culture through seminars with political and cultural leaders, class discussion, readings, and research. Students will develop advocacy campaign plans and analyze how cultural organizations interact with all levels of government. [4 credits]

FALL 2021

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Terrey CAS 229 M 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
METAR740 Technology and Arts Administration

The ever-evolving nature of computer technology presents opportunities and challenges in the work of arts administrators. This course will examine a range of technologies employed by arts organizations to improve their practice and extend their reach, including customer relations management, fundraising, collaboration management, ticketing, project management, and social media management. Students will examine emerging products and trends, interact with technology providers, engage in hands-on trials, and develop technology plans for specific organization scenarios. [4 credits]

FALL 2021

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND DeNatale SOC B63 R 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
METAR749 Research and Program Evaluation in Arts Administration

This course is designed to equip students with the tools and critical thinking skills to identify and apply appropriate methodologies to support the work of their organizations as practitioners and consumers of research. We will review the major approaches to social science research, including a range of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methodologies, and consider the relevance of each research framework to specific questions in the arts. The course will consider the role of arts research in domains such as audience development and marketing; program evaluation and assessment; social and economic impact; decision-making and reflective practice; collaboration and creation; case making and communication with the public. [4 credits]

METAR750 Financial Management for Nonprofits

Analyzes issues of accounting, finance, and economics in the context of the nonprofit organization. Stresses understanding financial statements, budget planning and control, cash flow analysis, and long term planning. [4 credits]

SPRG 2021

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Orlinoff CGS 311 M 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm

FALL 2021

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Orlinoff CAS 326 M 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm

FALL 2021

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
O1 IND Hartigan ARR TBD – TBD
METAR751 Commercial Production: The Broadway Model

This course will examine the process of developing commercial Broadway productions from "page to stage." Students will examine the selection process that producers follow to identify a piece or property. We will examine the entire production process, from securing the rights and options, to legal processes including investor relations and collective bargaining, to assembling a creative and production team. Students will have the opportunity to meet with several Broadway producers as guest speakers. Other topics covered may include securing a theater, residual and subsidiary income as well as domestic and international touring. The leadership role of the producer will be discussed at every stage of the journey. [4 credits]

SPRG 2021

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Grossman CAS 213 TRF 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
A1 Grossman CAS 213 S 9:00 am – 11:45 am

FALL 2021

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Grossman EPC 203 TRF 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
A1 Grossman CAS 222 S 9:00 am – 11:45 am
A1 Grossman ARR TBD – TBD

FALL 2021

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
O1 IND Grossman ARR TBD – TBD
METAR752 Leadership and Entrepreneurship in the Commercial Performing Arts

Leadership skills are required at all levels of an entertainment business. Students will examine aspects of leadership within multiple levels of these businesses. Students will be introduced to formal leadership skills and styles with the goal of examining a leader's ability to build a team, manage staff, ideas and projects using skills to "manage up" and oversee, inspire and lead teams in their supervision. Given many leaders in arts and entertainment hold what are traditionally viewed as management positions, this course will compare and contrast the concepts of both management and leadership.
Through moderated discussions students will examine leadership in multiple levels of a variety representative enterprises. This will include the opportunity to learn from the leadership at the top of an organization and their support teams emphasizing the path leadership takes throughout a successful organization. Representative organizations may include commercial producing and/or presenting organizations, trade organizations, property owners and facility management, service providers or copyright / licensing management. The leadership skills and traits of successful producers and presenters are compared and contrasted in the context of workplace environments and organizational cultures. [4 credits]

SPRG 2021

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Caolo CAS 212 RF 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
A1 Caolo CAS 212 S 9:00 am – 11:45 am

FALL 2021

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Caolo EPC 206 TRF 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
A1 Caolo EPC 206 S 9:00 am – 3:45 pm
A1 Caolo ARR TBD – TBD

FALL 2021

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
O2 IND Caolo ARR TBD – TBD
METAR753 Current Trends in the Performing Arts Industry

Promoting a theatrical property extends beyond selling tickets to performances; be it a limited or open-ended engagement. Producers and artists continually seek new opportunities and environments for their properties. This requires strategic planning with a holistic view of an goals implementing a methodical process, of analyzing, decision-making and forecasting its business activity(s) to ensure future success. [4 credits]

FALL 2021

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Ley PHO 201 TRF 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
A1 Ley PHO 201 S 9:00 am – 11:45 am
A1 Ley ARR TBD – TBD
METAR754 Global Performing Arts Presenting

This course focuses on core concepts that are involved with offering a theatrical property to the touring market and other commercial presenting environments such as cruise ships, casinos, resorts or public/private partnerships. Leaders of these businesses and entertainment organizations must present or produce artistically rewarding programs that align with their missions to attract, retain and grow audiences, while maintaining sustainable financial support. The course explores the assessment of a commercial artistic/entertainment property for the purpose of placing the property on Broadway, an international tour or other settings in which the property can be presented and monetized. The specific legal and licensing requirements to accomplish a variety of presenting models, such as ADA requirements, international visa requirements, content licensing, and financial models etc. will be explored with a strong focus on international engagements and viability. [4 credits]

FALL 2021

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Schnepp CAS B06B TRF 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
A1 Schnepp CAS 214 S 9:00 am – 11:45 am
A1 Schnepp ARR TBD – TBD
METAR766 Arts and the Community

An analysis of issues that involve the engagement of cultural institutions with their immediate community. Includes examination of local arts centers, local arts councils, arts service organizations, agency/government relations, urban issues, multiculturalism, and festivals. [4 credits]

FALL 2021

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Staff STH 113 R 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
METAR771 Managing Performing Arts Organizations

A review of topics essential for successful management of performing arts organizations. Examination of both facilities management and company management. Studies include organizational structure, trustee/staff relations, marketing, audience building, fundraising, tour management, box office management, budgeting, mailing list and membership management, human resource management and contract negotiation, performance measurement, and strategic planning. [4 credits]

SPRG 2021

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Hughes CAS 315 W 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
METAR774 Managing Visual Arts Organizations

A review of topics essential for successful management of visual arts organizations. Emphasizes museums, but also includes a review of alternative spaces, commercial galleries, and auction houses. Topics include the changing role of the museum, exhibition planning, fund-raising, crisis management, audience development, and strategic planning. [4 credits]

SPRG 2021

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Lynch-Mcwhit NIP 320 W 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
METAR778 Legal Issues in Arts Administration

"Arts Administration Law" is not a legal field; rather, it is a series of highly specialized legal analyses lying at the intersection of tax, intellectual property, employment, corporate law, and the law of non-profits that defines the legal status and issues of arts organizations. It is an interdisciplinary area, including all aspects of the law connected with art, artists (both performing and visual), performance and objects. Topics include: nonprofits and tax- exemption, contracts, copyright for performing and visual artists and artifacts, artists' moral rights, employment law, cultural heritage and the First Amendment. The course is taught using case studies and the case method applied to legal decisions, to which legal analytic frameworks will be applied. Prerequisite: MET AR690 [4 credits]

SPRG 2021

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Beasley PHO 203 T 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm

FALL 2021

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Staff CAS 326 T 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
METAR779 Public Art Program Administration

A hands on project-based collaborative class that will conceptualize, plan, and execute a public art project during the semester. Students will develop an understanding of the various challenges administrators face in all phases of a project, especially from the creative vantage of the artist. We will explore project funding, case study analysis of public art management, artist selection, and the unforeseen. [4 credits]

METAR781 Special Topics in Arts Administration

The Special Topics course offers an opportunity for program faculty to focus on significant areas of current interest in the field of arts administration. [4 credits]

METAR789 Cultural Entrepreneurship

TThis course explores the emerging field of cultural entrepreneurship and covers a variety of topics, including: the artist as entrepreneur; new business models for creative entrepreneurs; branding, storytelling and design; the artist and social impact; and the role of entrepreneurs in cultural organizations. Through case studies, guest speakers, readings, and group exercises, students learn about innovative entrepreneurial initiatives that straddle the boundaries between the private, nonprofit, and public sectors. Guided exercises enable students to assess and develop their skills as future change agents and entrepreneurs. [4 credits]

FALL 2021

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Grossman PSY B53 M 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
METAR802 Internship in Arts Administration I

This course provides provide guidance in identifying, securing, and preparing for your internship experience. There will be three class meetings that operate on a seminar model. Students will have the opportunity to discuss their plans and concerns as they begin the process of identifying an internship site and applying for internships. Class sessions will also include specific instructions on preparation of resumes, job-hunting techniques, effective presentation, and the like. There are two Saturday morning workshops, one devoted to resume preparation (required) and one on making effective presentations (optional but strongly recommended). Arts Administration degree students only. [2 credits]

SPRG 2021

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 EXP Oneal CAS 213 F 2:30 pm – 5:15 pm
A1 Oneal CAS 315 F 2:30 pm – 5:15 pm
A1 Oneal CAS B20 F 2:30 pm – 5:15 pm
A1 Oneal SHA 206 F 2:30 pm – 5:15 pm
A1 Oneal 502 F 2:30 pm – 5:15 pm
A1 Oneal 116 F 2:30 pm – 5:15 pm

FALL 2021

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 EXP O'Neal STH 319 F 2:30 pm – 5:15 pm
METAR803 Internship in Arts Administration II

This course provides guidance to students as they undertake the internship experience. Students will meet individually with the instructor to report on their experience and receive feedback. Students will have the opportunity to share their experiences and "lessons learned" with their classmates, and to provide advice and guidance to students who are in the planning stages of their own internships. Students may not register for MET AR 803, or begin their actual internship until they have completed a minimum of six of the ten required courses. Arts Administration degree students only. [2 credits]

SPRG 2021

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 EXP Oneal ARR TBD – TBD

FALL 2021

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 EXP O'Neal ARR TBD – TBD
METAR804 Advanced Management and Consulting for Arts Organizations

The purpose of this course is to increase students' ability to analyze and solve problems that confront arts organizations. Students will apply financial, marketing, fundraising, and legal knowledge and techniques to (1) in-class discussion of key management issues of concern to senior leadership, and (2) a semester-long consulting project which partners and team of students with a local arts organization. Permission from instructor required/arts administration students only. Students may not register for MET AR 804 until they have completed a minimum of six required courses. [4 credits]

SPRG 2021

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Bailey NIP 320 R 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
METAR810 Master's Thesis I

Two consecutive two-credit courses (MET AR 810 Thesis I and MET AR 810 Thesis II) will give students the tools they need to be informed consumers and producers of arts administration research. The thesis must be completed within 12 months. Only students who have completed six courses in the Arts Administration master's degree program and have a GPA of 3.7 or higher may enroll in MET AR 810 and MET AR 811. Students are responsible for finding a thesis advisor and a principal reader within the department. The advisor must be a full-time faculty member; the principal reader may be a part-time faculty member with a doctorate. [2 credits]

METAR811 Master's Thesis II

Two consecutive two-credit courses (MET AR 810 Thesis I and MET AR 810 Thesis II) will give students the tools they need to be informed consumers and producers of arts administration research. The thesis must be completed within 12 months. Only students who have completed six courses in the Arts Administration master's degree program and have a GPA of 3.7 or higher may enroll in MET AR 810 and MET AR 811. Students are responsible for finding a thesis advisor and a principal reader within the department. The advisor must be a full-time faculty member; the principal reader may be a part-time faculty member with a doctorate. [2 credits]