On Stage and Off: Midland Offers a Modern Take on Performing Arts Degrees
Midland University’s B.A. in Arts Management has been redesigned for the modern arts industry.
“We are relentlessly in pursuit of making sure our graduates are relevant to the marketplace they enter after graduation. This applies to business, healthcare, education, and the performing arts world as well,” said Director of Performing Arts, Anne Sorensen-Wang.“This is the performing arts degree that prepares students for their future.”
The revised curriculum is designed to produce graduates with a well rounded and integrated set of skills to be successful in a variety of performing arts careers.
“Pursuing an Arts Management major prepares individuals to explore their own performance careers, but also to manage arts organizations, companies, and facilities. Students who select this major are attractive to a wide range of businesses. Majors combine the creativity, collaboration, and confidence that is cultivated by involvement in the arts with industry-specific business skills and knowledge to become individuals who are highly marketable in the business and performance world. So if you want to be an actor, we grow those skills and make sure you are ready to enter into that field with a killer performance resume, but we also equip them with a marketable professional resume as well. These students will be able to graduate and get jobs in their field right off the bat.”
“Each month we bring in industry professionals for seminars on different careers, workshops, and guest artist experiences. Every presenter, when they learn about our Arts Management degree, says, “Gee, I wish I had had that opportunity when I was in college.”
New courses being offered to majors include classes such as Entrepreneurship, Non-Profit Law, Arts Technology, and Development & Grant Writing. To increase career preparedness, every student will be encouraged to complete an outside internship in the career field they are hoping to pursue. In addition to these classes, students will take performance-based classes to hone their artistic skills. Opportunities to complete and an additional endorsement in Theatre, and a certificate in Non-Profit Management add to the attractiveness of the degree.
“Students should be prepared to make art and manage art.”