Arts Administration Course Offerings

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*Courses from other departments may be necessary to fulfill a particular major/minor.

Arts Administration Courses (60 credits)

300 Introduction to Arts Management (3).
This course covers the basic principles, theories, concepts, processes and practices relating to organizations in the arts industry including structure of the arts industry, organization structures, leadership, staffing, volunteerism, fundraising, intellectual property, grants writing, advocacy, etc. (Fall only)
310 Marketing the Arts (3).
Introduction to effective marketing concepts, strategies, and practices for arts organizations. Students develop an understanding of the consumer and market, choose proper research techniques to solve problems, determine appropriate promotional techniques to develop relationships with patrons, and develop a complete and integrated marketing plan for an organization. (Fall only)
400 Fund Raising (3).
Course provides an overview of basic fund-raising techniques for non-profit arts organizations. Strategies for raising funds from individuals, corporations, foundations, and government funding sources are reviewed and analyzed. Methodologies for developing a complete fund-raising plan are studied. (Spring only)
450 Arts Administration Internship I (2).
Prereq: AAD 300, 310, and 400; and approval of the Department Chair.
Students must complete an arts administration internship/practicum within the Belhaven University arts division, local arts organizations, or performing arts companies. Refer to "Student Intern Programs and Internships" for further requirements.
451 Arts Administration Internship II (2).
A continuation of the internship in AAD 450 or completion of a different internship.
490 Senior Seminar (3).
Designed to give experience and/or competence in topics and skills essential to successful management of the arts. Survey of critical literature and trends in arts management. Projects geared toward the particular needs of the student. These may include preparation of position papers, arts events production or consulting work for arts organizations. (Spring only)
Business Courses (18 credits)
ACC 213 Principles of Accounting (3) Prereq.: Sophomore status.
This course is a study of the concepts and fundamental principles of accounting practice. The course includes applications to proprietorships, partnerships, corporate accounting, and managerial accounting.
ACC 485 Financial Management of Christian Ministries (3)
An introduction to the biblical principles that should guide the administration of Christian ministries and the accounting and management skills needed by the administrator of a Christian ministry in order to be an effective steward of the Lord's resources. Topics to be covered: biblical principles of money management and stewardship; financial disclosure; internal controls; audits; budgeting; employee payroll; obtaining tax-exempt status; and tax returns for ministers.
BUS 320 Introduction to Marketing (3) Prereq.: BUS 304
This course is an overview of the marketing discipline with emphasis on planning and the development of competitive strategies. Specific topics include the marketing environment, marketing research, advertising, personal selling, sales promotion, pricing, new product development, and distribution channels.
BUS 326 Principles of Management (3) Prereq.: BUS 304
An introduction to the foundational principles and the basic management techniques that every manager must master to succeed in today's fast-changing, competitive environment. Emphasis is on the planning, organizing, managing, and controlling functions.
BUS 362 Human Resources (3) Prereq.: BUS 326.
An investigation into the nature and behavior of humans as we relate and work together in organizations. Practical applications are made to the following: selection and retention, training, motivation, compensation, discipline, and organizational design.
BUS 418 Business Ethics (3)
A study of basic ethical principles as applied to the major problem areas facing economic systems and to decision-making in the corporation and in society in general. The basic ethical principles and the accompanying value system used are biblically based.
Arts Courses (15 credits)
ART 215 Art Appreciation (3)
This course offers a basic introduction to artistic media, design concepts, and techniques as well as a historical overview of major artists, works, periods, and movements. The objective is to enhance students' understanding and enjoyment of art in everyday experience and provide the tools for critical analysis of historical and contemporary works of art in their cultural and philosophical contexts.
DAN 120 Looking at Dance (3)
Survey course introducing general college students to diverse forms of dance created and practiced by various societies in the world. In this course we survey the amazing variety of dance in the world from this larger cultural perspective, examining the values that societies express in their dances. (Lecture/Studio).
MUS 392 Popular Music from the 1930s to the Present: a Cultural Mirror (3)
This course is a study of popular music in the United States from the 1930s to the present. Various forms of popular music will be studied from its roots in early blues, jazz, and the development of rock music into the diverse forms of contemporary popular culture, including contemporary Christian music. A music aesthetic focused with a Christian Worldview lens will delve into the philosophical assumptions of popular music.
PHI 275

Aesthetics (3)
A study of questions such as (1) "What is Art?" (2) "What are the criteria for determining good from bad art?" (3) "What is the relationship of art to morality and truth?" (4) "Is beauty objective or in the eye of the beholder?" Consideration is given as to how this fits into a Christian world and life view.

THE 120 Understanding Theatre (3)
This course introduces the student to an overview of all elements of theatre, including an investigation of the roles and relationships of all the participants of a theatrical event. The student is led to develop an understanding of and explore involvement with theatrical events in light of a Christian world perspective.
Elective Courses (15 credits)
ART 461 Western Art III (3) Prereq.: ART 215.
The focus of this course will be the last 150 years' developments in the arts, primarily of Europe and America. Artifacts embody ideas, and in this period they often did so intuitively, ahead of the general assimilation of those ideas into society. Students will be introduced to the images of modernity and postmodernity as viewed from a Christian perspective in an attempt to understand the artistic context of our times.
ART 462 Modern and Contemporary Art Theory (3) Prereq.: ART 215.
This survey of texts and other statements by artists, art critics, and philosophers from c.1860 to the present examines the major theories informing visual art practices in the modern and postmodern world. Analysis of these ideas, as well as the works of art they inform, from a Christian perspective prepares visual arts majors to enter knowledgeably and redemptively into contemporary artistic discourse.
BUS 304 Business Communication (3)
A study of the modern techniques of writing a variety of effective business memoranda, letters, and reports. Also included will be the presentation of oral reports.
BUS 335 Fund Raising (3)
A study of philanthropy, fund-raising promotions for not-for-profit organizations, the ethics of fund raising, and providing donors with financial planning services.
BUS 403 Advertising (3) Prereq.: BUS 320.
An overview of the advertising field with emphasis on media selection and strategic planning.
DAN 147 Orientation to Dance (1)
An introduction of dance studies at Belhaven University and a survey of dance as an art form and its related area, including health and wellness, auditioning, rehearsal etiquette, performance and performance preparations, character, worldview and cultural issues.
DAN 345 Dance Ministry (3)
This course will equip students to offer their gifts and talents of dance to Christians and non-Christians. Students will gain instruction and training specifically designing dances, text and other materials necessary for ministry; worship services, workshops, and outreach.
DAN 411 Careers in Dance (2)
This course facilitates an inquiry into the breadth of occupations and professional applications in the field of dance. The course intends to help orient the student to skills and bodies of knowledge to pursue and manage a professional career in dance and/or allied professions, and to address choices and character from a biblical worldview.
MUS 420 The Theological Foundations of Worship and Church Musical Culture (3).
This course is an exegetical study, seeking foundational biblical principles that will provide essential guidance needed to achieve trans-cultural biblical goals through music ministry in any ministry context in musical culture. Though the phenomenon of musical culture does not employ a single musical language, the Bible does present musical ideas that transcend the obvious differences in musical culture. Musical culture is explored from the perspective of the Creation Mandate as well as the Evangelical mandate demonstrating that the Church must embrace both to be true to Scripture. Implications for the transformation of musical culture in contemporary society are explores.
MUS 425 Music Administration (3)
This course addresses the non-musical aspects of making music - the necessary "nuts and bolts" of managing musical entities. The course explores: biblical leadership principles and skills; organizational strategies; architectural concerns; acoustical concerns; budgeting; personnel management; legal issues in the musical world; music acquisition, cataloging and storage; as well as equipment acquisition and stewardship of money, management, and stewardship; financial disclosure; internal controls; audits; budgeting; employee payroll; obtaining tax-exempt status; and tax returns for ministers.
THE 300 Administration and Activities of Theatre Arts Ministry (3)
The focus of this course deals with the requirements involved in the management and operation of theatre arts as a ministry. Specific techniques will be provided for the operation of theatre arts ministry programs. Methods for designing activities will be given to foster efficient, effective and cooperative programs. Two different areas will be presented, including full-time theatre arts ministry and the arts ministry within a church.
THE 340 Theatre Administration and Management (3)
A study of the business of theatre, budgeting, feasibility studies, funding, publicity/promotion, master scheduling, and event handling.
THE 380 Survey of World Theatre (3).
This course is a survey of the history of theatre and its role in the identity of the respective cultures. Particular emphasis will be given to its statement in relationship to the deities of each culture and the role of man's condition regarding that relationship. Required for theatre majors and theatre ministries majors.