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Graduate Catalog 2007-08 
Graduate Catalog 2007-08 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Fine Arts in Performing Arts Administration

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This professional degree program leading to a Master of Fine Arts is designed to prepare graduate students to function effectively in administration positions. The program of study is designed to provide students with skills and knowledge of administration in dance, music, or theatre in areas of planning, budgeting, volunteerism, public relations, leadership, fund raising, and evaluation. Under the guidance of the Director of the M.F.A. program, students will be placed for their practicum experience with local arts organizations. The Field Experience entails placement in disciplines of choice for an extended internship with national arts organizations.

Admission requirements

  1. An undergraduate degree with a major in dance, theatre, or music with a 3.0 grade point average. Applicants with other majors will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and may be asked to submit additional material.
  2. A completed application for admission with two official transcripts from all previous undergraduate and graduate institutions.
  3. A current resume.
  4. A Personal Statement of Purpose, approximately 1,000 words in length, outlining reasons for seeking admission to the program.
  5. At least two letters of recommendation.

Program requirements

Students must complete the Arts Administration courses prior to (or concurrent with) the initial enrollment in THEA 6120. Students must complete 36 hours prior to enrollment in GRAD 7120.

Equivalency to some courses may be available through credit by examination.

The Practicum (THEA 6120) is intended to be a placement with one of the many local nonprofit arts organizations in the Greater Kalamazoo Area. The Field Experience (GRAD 7120) will involve placement with a national nonprofit arts organization in the student’s area of expertise and will conclude with the Project Paper Seminar (PADM 6800).

1. Arts Administration Courses (38 hrs.)

2. Arts Criticism/Writing (6 hrs.)

3. Arts Administration Projects (16 hrs.)

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