Arts Administration

Arts Administration is a complicated and exacting profession that requires both a deep understanding of the arts and a solid business background. In this exciting program, students take core courses in Business and in one of the creative arts (Drama, Fine Arts or Music), and also explore all aspects of Arts Administration for Non-Profit arts organizations and their various interactions with the public and private sectors. The aim of this program of study is to provide graduates with the knowledge to set up a successful Non-Profit arts organization and maintain it as a sustainable and viable entity.

At the end of their program, all students are required to undertake an internship with an arts organization of their choice, arranged by the Programme Director. This organization can be located anywhere in the world, and often opens doors to future employment.

Program Highlights

  • A Program Director with extensive professional links in the Arts community across Canada and internationally.
  • An internship is a requirement for all Arts Administration students. This provides work experience with a local or international cultural organization.
  • Employment possibilities on campus through paid student internships in Centennial Theatre, The Foreman Art Gallery, and Music Chez Nous Concert Series.
  • Possibility of completing a double major, in Arts Administration plus a second discipline, either in the Arts or in Business.

Class Size

  • At Bishop’s University the average class size is 23 students!

Where can this lead me?

Our Graduates Have Pursued Careers In:

  • Community and regional performance halls
  • Professional musical ensembles and entertainment companies
  • Advertising agencies
  • Festival Management
  • Recording studios and related music businesses
  • National museums
  • Art galleries
  • Art co-ops for both public and private sector

Courses & Programs

Degree Options: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

  • Major in Arts Administration-72 credits, composed of:
    • Business-30 credits
    • Drama or Fine Arts or Music-30 credits
    • Arts Administration-12 credits
  • Certificate in Arts Management


Academic Calendar

Admission Process

Student Internships

  • Charles & Kathleen Rittenhouse Internship in Arts Administration, including scholarship
  • Hodder internship for Department of Music – Chez Nous concert series

Popular Courses

  • Arts Administration: Internal Operations, The External and Legal Environment
  • Business: Organizational Behaviour, Marketing Management
  • Fine arts: Museology, Canadian Art
  • Drama: Contemporary Canadian Drama, Intro to Technical Theatre
  • Music: Canadian Music, Choral Ensemble