University of Kentucky

Arts Administration

205 Fine Arts Building
Lexington, Kentucky 40506-0022
United States




Program Goals and Objectives


The University of Kentucky's undergraduate Arts Administration program is designed to prepare students for a future in the management of arts organizations and for graduate study. Students are provided with a strong liberal arts education, an understanding of the business world, and a comprehensive education in one of the four arts disciplines of art, music, dance, and theatre.

Students in the Arts Administration program take courses that introduce them to the best practices in arts administration. These courses are designed to provide students with a sound basis for meeting the unique political, economic, financial, marketing, and developmental challenges facing the arts community. Additionally, students acquire a background in business and economics, fundamental to running a financially viable arts organization, as well as devote considerable study to the fine arts and art creation through courses with the College of Fine Art's accomplished faculty of artists and scholars.

The program emphasizes applying information learned in the classroom to hands-on, relevant work experiences, including volunteer activities, internships, and jobs both on and off-campus. Advisors and faculty within the Department of Arts Administration are readily available and are committed to establishing a one-on-one relationship with each student.


Anyone who is accepted to, or currently enrolled in, the University of Kentucky as a student may enter the undergraduate program by declaring themselves an Arts Administration pre-major. To become a full major, students must:

  1. Complete 30 semester hours of course work;
  2. Have a minimum 2.8 cumulative grade-point average;
  3. Complete premajor core requirements (AAD 150, AAD 200, AAD 250, CIS/WRD 111, completion of Quantitative Foundations in UK Core, completion of Statistical/Inferential Reasoning in UK Core with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 in premajor courses)
  4. Submit an application form to the Department of Arts Administration Office.

Students meeting these requirements will be accepted as majors in the program. Applications for full major status must be submitted prior to a student taking an upper division Arts Administration course.