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Minor in Arts Administration

The minor in arts administration provides a rare opportunity for undergraduates to gain the skills and knowledge needed to produce and present the arts. You’ll explore the diverse range of careers possible in this dynamic field and learn how to create and maintain an environment that allows artists to do what they do, in an organized fashion.

Two integrated arts administration courses, recommended for juniors and seniors, introduce you to the nonprofit business model and operations that are characteristic of most arts organizations in the United States. Seminar-style class discussion ranges from nonprofit ethics to artist contracts and environmental forces shaping the next generation of arts audiences and producers. Emphasis is placed on gaining real-world insight, professional experience and enhanced aesthetic awareness through:

  • Discussions with area nonprofit and arts leaders
  • Field trips
  • Assignments based on field experience
  • Exploration of arts disciplines
  • Creation of functional artifacts
  • Internship opportunities with key arts organizations in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex

To complete the 18 hours of course work required for this program, students take select courses in marketing, management and accounting, as well as a foundational course in an artistic discipline and an aesthetic course offered by a department in the College of Fine Arts outside of their major.

Undergraduate students completing majors in the College of Fine Arts as well as students pursuing other courses of study at TCU may pursue an arts administration minor with permission of the program administrator.

Students who have completed the minor have gone on to successful careers in the arts — as artists and/or as accountants, fundraisers, marketers and operations managers.

Students also meet monthly with the program administrator to discuss expectations and goals, and to reflect on achievements. To date, TCU arts administration students have gained professional experiences through internships with the following organizations:

  • Amon Carter Museum
  • Artes de la Rosa
  • Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County
  • Dallas Museum of Art
  • Fine Arts Chamber Players
  • Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
  • Gallery 440 / JO Design
  • Kimbell Art Museum
  • Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
  • Fort Worth Opera
  • Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
  • Stage West
  • Texas Arts & Academics
  • Van Cliburn Foundation
  • Warren Douglas Advertising

See the course catalog for a complete list of course offerings and descriptions.

Arts Administration Lecturer, Candace Tangorra Matelic

Candace Tangorra Matelic teaches and consults throughout the U.S. and Canada in the areas of community engagement, organizational development, change, and learning, arts administration, and strategic interpretation and program planning. She brings four decades of leadership experience to her current work, including directing National Landmark sites in Maryland and Hawaii, managing the visitor experience, interpretation and programs at museums in Michigan and Iowa, leading a children’s museum and contemporary arts organization in Santa Fe, and directing the Cooperstown Graduate Program for a decade. She teaches at Texas Christian University, University of Victoria (British Columbia), Johns Hopkins University, University of New Mexico, and for numerous state and provincial museum associations.

Dr. Matelic’s consulting/planning work is distinguished by helping museums, historic sites, cultural organizations, and educational organizations engage their communities as partners, and then fundamentally transform their vision, assumptions, organizational culture, and work patterns. She has worked with 40+ clients over the last two decades in planning projects, strategic, site, and programs.

Candace has presented at over 100 conferences in the US, Canada, and Europe, over 35 times as a keynote speaker or invited guest. Publications include two co-authored books and 36 articles/chapters, including recent chapters on organizational change in AASLH Guide to Making Public History (2017), sustainability and social entrepreneurship in Museums and Folklife (2016) and new roles for small museums in the AASLH Toolkit for Small Museums (2011). She is an active member of the Rotary Club of Fort Worth and recently led an award-winning yearlong community engagement process for the City to help the club find its next high impact project.

Dr. Matelic holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Studies from the University at Albany, SUNY, an M.A. in History Museum Studies from SUNY Oneonta, and a BFA (Fine Arts and American Studies) from the University of Michigan.