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Arts Administration (BS)

Consider an arts administration profession
Arts managers are responsible for curating exhibitions, designing gallery promotion, developing programs, managing facilities, writing grants, and supervising personnel to support artists and arts agencies. With this major, you will explore the interrelationship of the arts, communication skills, and business practices that apply to the financing, producing, promoting, and marketing of the arts.

At Minot State, we'll prepare you for an arts administration career in one or more of these fields:

  • Museum or gallery executive director                       
  • Events coordinator
  • Museum curator                                      
  • Collections manager
  • Fundraiser                                  
  • Museum exhibition preparator
  • Grant writer                                
  • Visitor services
  • Education coordinator               
  • Artwork registrar

Learn with Minot State
The Bachelor of Science in Arts Administration is a professionally-oriented program designed to offer a well-rounded, rich experience in preparation for a professional art career as a gallery manager, director, or in another gallery management role.

The arts express the life of their community, and Minot is no exception with excellent opportunities for students to engage professionals in a variety of arts fields. Arts management can be an exciting, fulfilling career for someone who likes to be close to the arts and artists and who wants to work behind the scenes to make the arts happen. Arts managers bring art, artists, and audiences together.

At Minot State, an internship can be arranged individually according to your needs, career goals, and skills. The internship can be scheduled for on campus, the region, or anywhere around the country or world. In addition to artistic and cultural values, you will learn the practical skills of organizational development, public relations, marketing, and leadership in the arts.

Is arts administration right for you?
The arts have unique management challenges, not found in other kinds of businesses. Successful arts managers are equally proficient in the arts and administration. In order to serve their communities well, successful arts administrators must possess exceptional business acumen, excellent leadership traits, and in-depth knowledge of the creative side of the field. They must be able to determine why the arts are important, and then, build, lead, and manage diverse teams that can illustrate this mission and engage the public.

Career outlook
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, archivists, curators, and museum workers earn a median pay of $50,120 per year.

Offered: On campus

Features of a Minot State arts administration degree

University opportunities include Art Club, Flat Tail Press, and NOTSTOCK, our popular arts festival. Find your inspiration in the community through the Taube Museum of Art, Artspace Suite 1 Gallery, 62 Doors Gallery and Studios, or get involved with numerous local art groups.
Art galleries
Galleries are critical classrooms for the art student. The campus boasts three unique galleries, including the Northwest Arts Center, which is nationally known for its diverse exhibitions of contemporary and traditional art. It is also home to an estimable collection of artwork and historical artifacts. Additional galleries reside in the art department and the administration building.
Learning environment
The art department is small enough to foster strong student/instructor mentoring and large enough to attract quality professors who are engaged in outstanding research. Small classes ensure you’ll receive personal attention from your instructors, engage in collaboration with classmates, and maximize your learning experience in our studios, classrooms, and galleries.
Personal studio spaces
Having a place of your own to make art is central to our creative community. We believe it is essential for growth. Personal studio spaces are available and provide you a place to think, work, and build community.

Art department scholarship
The Harvey & Arlone Twyman scholarship is available to incoming freshmen, transfer students, and currently enrolled majors. Awards are based on the quality of applications and student portfolios. You are encouraged to apply at

Minot State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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