Arts Management Core Courses

  All courses are Three credits unless otherwise specified

AAP 501: Why Manage the Arts?   

     Instructor: Dr. Katja Praznik
Description

This course asks the question “Why Manage the Arts?” by looking at the complex relations between arts and management and by drawing upon arts management theory and practice. It aims to show why the interactions between artist and audience, arts practices and governments and/or businesses, have necessitated and created different forms of management. Hence the course investigates the origins of theories and practices of management and its divergent applications to the arts, as well as the origins of the institution of art. It is a participatory course which examines a variety of international models of arts management and which contrasts theoretical issues of arts management by case study approach in order to search for creative solutions.

The arts manager today requires a good understanding of laterally connected areas of study. It no longer suffices to simply be able to list what needs to be done to ‘manage’ any given entities in the arts. The subject Why Manage the Arts? is intended to provide a case study approach to the investigation of complex managerial problems in the subject. It rests on the premise that in order to create a successful arts organization students need to have a good working knowledge of both the history of how the arts have been managed, what elements are significant in that history, as well as an ability to compare and contrast different management models. This course aims to achieve both these outcomes, creating a well rounded understanding of the ways in which the arts have been managed in society in order to find solutions for today and the future.

 

AAP 502: Arts Management & Society 

     Instructor: Dr. Katja Praznik
Description

This course will provide the context for inquiry into the study of Arts Management. It is designed to provide an overview of the essential questions which Arts Managers need to pose in order to effectively enter the field. It will be historical and analytical in nature providing students with an understanding of the ways in which arts have functioned in different societies over time and in the present day. It will cover basic questions of anthropology, philosophy, economics and law in order to assist students to understand the connections between these fields.

The course will proceed by lecture, seminar and discussion and will encourage students to apply the analysis to societies that they know well by drawing from contemporary examples.

Rationale

Increasingly in advanced societies it is governments that designate what is to be known as art. This course will explore the fact that the arts continue to exist in such societies in many forms and not only those to which governments ascribe value. These include the bucolic or folk arts, the commercial arts and the arts which come to us through religious practice. All are promoted quite independently of government and have their own distinct forms and purpose.

Drawing examples from history and from many different countries this course will suggest an analysis of the arts in society based on the premise that the arts manager needs to be as fully aware of the complexities posed by the arts in society as he or she is aware of state policies or government legislation.

 

AAP 508: Arts & Cultural Policy and Diplomacy

     Instructor: Dr. Katja Praznik
description

The course is designed to introduce the subject of cultural policy as well as theoretical concepts and approaches to the policy dimensions of arts & culture. The theoretical perspectives on culture, on cultural policy and on the study of policy will be presented, emphasizing the tension between states/governments and the arts. The main objective of the course is to gain critical insights into the key theoretical discussions on cultural policy and its ramifications. It is designed to enrich student's independent work with the self-reflexive and critical dimension and to develop the ability for dialogic thinking and inter-discursive practice of theory. The course requires the development of a critical understanding of the relationships between states, public policies and artistic expression in order to successfully negotiate its objectives. Students are encouraged to consider alternative theoretical perspectives on cultural policy and to compare their ramifications for the artistic practices in the context of nation states.

The course will provide an overview of critical factors which affect the development of cultural policy. It will investigate the nature of cultural policy by looking and contesting the intentions and interests of governments and other stakeholders that shape cultural policies. The course will also provide an overview of institutions and instruments that have been put in place to promote policies in order to provide understanding of how the machinery of policy-making works and how the state and culture interact to produce cultural policy.

 

AAP 509: Research in Arts Management

     Instructor: Dr. Miriam Paeslack
description

This seminar style course will address research in the field of arts management and cultural policy. After initial introductory classes in research principles students will be encouraged to undertake research into contemporary issues in the field drawing from primary and secondary source material. Emphasis is given to academic interpretation of contemporary issues in the field.

 

AAP 511: Fieldwork in Arts Management

     Instructor: Carrie Beth Wicks
description

The Arts Management practicum is intended to assist the student to gain important professional skills or to provide the groundwork for a theoretical course of study. As students’ needs differ dependent upon their prior experience it is envisaged that the Fieldwork will have four potential modes: group study, practical experience, elective, or independent study.

 

AAP 512: Final Project Guidance

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Students will begin their final project under guidance by the instructor. The project will involve the development of a practical solution to an arts management problem which is agreed upon by their instructor. An example of such a project could be for example, the investigation of a new ticketing system for theatre companies in Buffalo.

 

AAP 513: Final Thesis Guidance

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Students will begin their thesis under guidance by the instructor. A thesis is an extended research essay which explores through different methodological forms of analysis a significant question in the field of arts management. Students will develop a research oriented project and will develop a question, hypothesis, methodology, and analytical and theoretical underpinning to the problem they are studying.

Management Core Courses

AAP 551/MGG 501: Introduction to Business I

     Instructor: Muriel Anderson
description

MGG 501-502, Introduction to Business, is a foundation sequence of two courses intended to prepare students with little or no background in management for master’s-level study in specific business disciplines. At the end of the two semesters, students will: understand the general environment of doing business and the factors that influence its conduct; be generally familiar with the purpose and different ways of doing business; have built the necessary conceptual skills for making business decisions and plans; have enhanced their organizational behavior skills and personal interaction skills as needed in a global business environment; and have attained basic technical knowledge of the different types of the different aspects of the business.

 

AAP 552/MGG 502: Introduction to Business II

     Instructor: Mary Ann Rogers
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MGG 501-502, Introduction to Business, is a foundation sequence of two courses intended to prepare students with little or no background in management for master’s-level study in specific business disciplines. At the end of the two semesters, students will: understand the general environment of doing business and the factors that influence its conduct; be generally familiar with the purpose and different ways of doing business; have built the necessary conceptual skills for making business decisions and plans; have enhanced their organizational behavior skills and personal interaction skills as needed in a global business environment; and have attained basic technical knowledge of the different types of the different aspects of the business.

 

Law Core Courses

AAP 585: Legal Issues in Arts Management 

   Instructors: Andy Finch, Emily Kimmel
description

Introduces students to arts and entertainment-related legal issues and trains them to recognize where legal problems might arise.  This course will provide an overview of Corporation Law, Arts Advocacy, Contract Law, Employment Law and Tort Law as it relates to insurance and volunteers.

AAP 586: Law, Policy, and Intellectual Property: Arts Management

Instructor: Emily Kimmel
description

Enables students to gain a better understanding of arts and entertainment-related legal issues.  Topics covered include First Amendment Law for Artists and Arts Managers, Copyright Law & Licensing Agreements, Privacy Law, Personal Property and Labor Law.

AAP587:  Art, Museums, Cultural Heritage and the Law

Instructor: R. Nils Olsen, Jr.
description

The course will consider the intersection of law with the intersection of law with art, museums, and cultural heritage.  This subject is of growing importance within the study and practice of law in the United States.  It is inherently interdisciplinary, drawing upon history, art history, anthropology, economics, and international and national law. 

 

Core Electives

AAP 510: Issues in Music Management

  Instructor: Philip Rehard
description

This seminar course will focus upon issues in the area of music management with which students should be familiar. Particular emphasis is placed upon the ability to design a fiscally responsible program which incorporates the various elements of program design such as contract, marketing, artistic management, venue management and audience development.

Students will attain a working knowledge of the fundamentals of music management and education through lecture/seminars, case studies, group and individual research.

The elective management topic is designed for students who are interested in elements specific to the area of Music Management.

AAP 514: International Issues in Theatre Management 

  Instructor: Patrick Fagan
description

The field of theatre management is becoming increasingly complex as circuits depend on national and international collaborations.  Theatre managers therefore need to be able to develop a lateral understanding of this subject knowing when there are legal and fiscal considerations to be taken into account which respond distinctly to different cultural environments.  This seminar style course will address research in the field of international theatre and venue management.   The course will follow a series of themes and be in a seminar and case study format.  The emphasis is given to historical overview of the field, case studies and contemporary issues in the field.

AAP 518: Issues In Museum Management

Instructor: Dr. Miriam Paeslack
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This course investigates managerial aspects of museums and contextualizes museum management within cultural, ethical, legal, and technological discourses. Museums are engaged in the selective preservation, representation, and contextualization of objects, cultures, and histories over space and time. Museum professionals generate culture and memory in their dealings with the general public, and are crucial in shaping and re-shaping popular, artistic, and scholarly perceptions of the present and the past. The goal of this course is to familiarize students with such fundamental managerial strategies, mechanisms and approaches in museums and to give them a sense of the forces that produce and impact them. In this course, students acquire an understanding of the workings and dynamics of museum management and learn to assess and apply their knowledge effectively and creatively within individual cultural, political, legal, and socio-economical contexts.

Electives

AAP 507: Special Topics in Arts Management 

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This seminar course will focus upon current issues in the area of arts management. It will draw from issues such as ‘the culture wars’, ‘public space and arts management’, ‘censorship and the arts’, ‘entrepreneurship and the arts’, which arise constantly in the national and international cultural arena.

rationale

Students of Arts Management should be able to take the conventional skills they have developed in formal courses and be able to apply them to contemporary topics using a range of analytical and methodological tools. It is important for future arts managers to be able to keep abreast of new debates in the arena of arts and cultural management and to know how to investigate such issues.

AAP 517: International Issues in Arts Management

Description

This seminar course will focus upon current issues in the arena of international arts management and will take the form of a study abroad summer school program. It will draw from issues such as international models of arts funding, public policy making and performance and visual arts.  It is aimed for students in the arts management program in order to enhance their experience in the international sector of arts management.

 

Rationale

It is of importance that in order for tomorrow’s arts manager to be effective in their work that they grasp significant aspects of international arts management.  Models and approaches differ outside the United States but managers are increasingly called upon to be cognisant of these approaches and to work with artists, venues and management companies which are versed in very different systems such as subvention, legislation, policy and practice.  Students of Arts Management should be able to take the conventional skills they have developed in formal courses and be able to apply them to contemporary topics using a range of analytical and methodological tools.    It is important for arts management students to be conversant with the major trends in the subject internationally.  This course intends to give hands on experience and theory critically needed in order to become an effective arts manager.

 

 
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