Admissions & Degree Requirements

Photo of a student in a classroom.

Anyone who is accepted to, or currently enrolled in, the University of Kentucky as a student may enter the undergraduate program by declaring themselves an Arts Administration pre-major. To become a full major, students must:

  1. Complete 30 semester hours of course work;
  2. Have a minimum 2.8 cumulative grade-point average;
  3. Complete premajor core requirements (AAD 103, AAD 150, AAD 203, AAD 250, CIS/WRD 111, completion of Quantitative Foundations in UK Core, completion of Statistical/Inferential Reasoning in UK Core with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 in premajor courses)
  4. Submit an application form to the Department of Arts Administration Office.

Students meeting these requirements will be accepted as majors in the program. Applications for full major status must be submitted prior to a student taking an upper division Arts Administration course.

Deadline for major application submissions:

October 1 – Full major status will appear for spring term
March 1 – Full major status will appear for summer term
August 15 – Full major status will appear for fall term

Listed below is a more detailed break down of credit hours as well as opportunities to enrich your educational journey.  This information is presented here for your convenience, but always be sure to work from the official UK Registrar Bulletin/Course Catalogue.

Premajor Requirements

Premajor Requirements

AAD 150 Exploring Arts Administration (3 credit hours)
AAD 200 Arts Administration Communications (3 credit hours)
AAD 250 Digital Design for Arts Administrators I (3 credit hours)
CIS/WRD 111 Composition and Communication II (3 credit hours)
UK Core Quantitative Foundations (3 credit hours)
UK Core Statistical/Inferential Reasoning (3 credit hours)

Subtotal: 18 Premajor Hours

UK Core Requirements

I. Intellectual Inquiry in Arts and Creativity
Choose one course from the approved list: 3 credit hours
II. Intellectual Inquiry in the Humanities
Choose one course from the approved list: 3 credit hours
III. Intellectual Inquiry in the Social Sciences
Choose one course from the approved list: 3 credit hours
IV. Intellectual Inquiry in the Natural, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences
Choose one course from the approved list: 3 credit hours
V. Composition and Communication I
CIS/WRD 110 Composition and Communication I: 3 credit hours
VI. Composition and Communication II
CIS/WRD 111 Composition and Communication II: 3 credit hours
VII. Quantitative Foundations
Choose one course from the approved list: 3 credit hours
VIII. Statistical Inferential Reasoning
Choose one course from the approved list: 3 credit hours
IX. Community, Culture and Citizenship in the USA
Choose one course from the approved list: 3 credit hours
X. Global Dynamics
Choose one course from the approved list: 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 30 UK Core Hours

NOTE: Students majoring in Arts Administration may use no more than six credit hours within the Arts Administration major requirements to fulfill UK Core requirements.

For a complete explanation of UK Core Requirements, plus a listing of approved courses in each of the ten categories, visit the UK Registrar.

Major Requirements

Major Requirements

College Requirement

Art, Music or Theatre courses outside of AAD discipline (6 credit hours)

College Subtotal: 6 credit hours

Arts Administration Requirements

AAD 299 Arts Administration Internship Orientation (1 credit hour)
AAD 260 Digital Design for Arts Administrators II (3 credit hours)
AAD 300 Management and Planning for the Arts (3 credit hours)
AAD 310 Marketing for the Arts (3 credit hours)
AAD 320 Fundraising for the Arts (3 credit hours)
AAD 350 Financial Management for Arts Organizations I (3 credit hours)
AAD 370 Financial Management for Arts Organizations II (3 credit hours)
AAD 390 Programming and Event Planning (3 credit hours)
AAD 410 Arts Entrepreneurship (3 credit hours)
AAD 420 Arts Administration: Practices, Policies, and the Law (3 credit hours)
AAD 450 Arts Administration Senior Seminar (3 credit hours)
AAD 499 Internship in Arts Administration (6 credit hours)

Core Subtotal: 37 credit hours

Required Minor

In addition to the Major Requirements, students must take 30 credits within the College of Fine Arts, outside of their Arts Administration courses. Within these 30 credits, students must complete a minor or a double major in the College of Fine Arts. Additionally, 6 credit hours must be outside of the student's minor or double major arts discipline area.

Fine Arts Minor Subtotal: 30 credit hours

Directed Electives

Nine credits chosen in consultation with the student’s academic advisor from the following areas:

1. AAD 402 Topics in Arts Administration (Subtitle required) (at least 3 credit hours)
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 credit hours when identified by different subtitles
2. AAD 500-level courses (at least 3 credit hours)
3. Upper division courses from the College of Business and Economics
4. Upper division courses from the College of Communications and Information

Directed Electives Subtotal: 9 credit hours
Note: Directed electives may not be used to meet UK Core requirements.

Free Electives

In addition to meeting their UK Core and major requirements, students must earn 6 credits in any area(s) of their choosing. (6 credit hours)

Premajor & Major Total: 121 credit hours

Certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurial Thinking

Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurial Thinking

Undergraduate Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurial Thinking
 
The Arts Administration Program has partnered with the College of Communication and Information to offer students the opportunity to earn an Undergraduate Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurial Thinking. This certification can be easily obtained within your current and planned workload.
 
Students who enroll in the certification program will take four courses designed to prepare them for future entrepreneurial endeavors. The following courses are just some of the options that will teach you the skills you need to successfully manage an entrepreneurial venture.
 
Two Required Courses
COM 381: Communication, Leadership and Entrepreneurial Thinking
EXP 455 Capstone Experience in Innovation and Entrepreneurial Thinking

Two approved elective courses from the following:

  • AAD 310 Marketing for the Arts
  • AAD 410: Arts Entrepreneurship: Art in Unlikely Places
  • A-H 503 Art Through Object: Theory and Practice for Engagement Strategies in the Museum
  • ART 491: Creativity and Innovation (KIIS Paris 1)
  • COM 591 Information Technology Strategy
  • EDU 300 Design Thinking in Education
  • IS 402: Competitive Intelligence
  • JOU 430 Media Management and Entrepreneurship
  • MUS 200: Music for Living
  • MUS 222: Creativity and Innovation in Rock Music: History and Sociology

Participation in the certification program includes connections with other entrepreneurial-minded students as well as local entrepreneur mentors.
 
Enrollment
To enroll in the program, contact your academic advisor to set up an appointment. During the meeting you’ll discuss how to meet the certification requirements. Make sure you discuss the following points:

  • AAD 310 and AAD 410 meet degree requirements as well as certification requirements. No need to take additional courses.
  • COM 381 and EXP 455 can count as directed electives or your free electives. You may not even need to take any additional coursework.
  • Have you already take some of these courses? Ask how those courses can be accounted for retroactively.

Plan ahead and graduate with a degree and certification in Innovation and Entrepreneurial Thinking. Contact your academic advisor today!
 
More information on the Undergraduate Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurial Thinking is available by contacting Kimberly Parker, iNET Academic Director.