Bachelor of Arts in Arts Administration

Develop your artistic talents and hone your business acumen to excel in a career in management in the arts.

Developed to meet the growing demand for professionals in the field who possess strong business and communication skills coupled with artistic sensibilities, our Bachelor of Arts in Arts Administration program prepares you for a future in management in the arts.

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Why earn your Arts Administration degree at Bellarmine?

The Arts Administration program at Bellarmine University is the perfect place to earn a degree in this field. Students in the program enjoy small class sizes and benefit from a flexible curriculum that allows them to select a track focus in Art, Music, or Theatre so their undergraduate experience can be tailored to best suit their career aspirations. While pursuing an Arts Administration degree at Bellarmine, students will be guided into two internship experiences, giving them practical, hands-on work experiences and allowing students to build their professional network before they graduate. In addition, all Arts Administration students earn a Business Administration minor as part of their major coursework, ensuring each student has the expertise necessary to succeed.


In addition to the stellar education Bellarmine provides, students who enroll in the Arts Administration program find themselves immersed in the thriving Louisville arts community. The city is home to dozens of art galleries and museums (including the Speed Art Museum and the Frazier History Museum), music venues (Louisville Orchestra, Louisville Ballet, and Kentucky Opera), and theatres (including Kentucky Shakespeare and the famous Actors Theatre of Louisville and its nationally recognized Humana Festival of New American Plays).

Program Highlights

  • Flexible curriculum (choose an Art, Music, or Theatre focus)
  • Small class sizes
  • Professional internship experiences
  • Faculty are leading professionals in the field with hands-on experience regarding the challenges, trends, and best practices affecting the arts world today
  • Earn a Business Administration minor as part of your major coursework
  • Thriving arts scene both on and off-campus
  • Opportunity to study abroad
  • Option to pursue Bellarmine’s Early Entry Dual MBA track (earn your undergraduate degree and an MBA in just five years)

Career Prospects

Arts Administration graduates report nearly 100% employment and are working in regional and national fine and performing arts institutions. Majors earn a minor in Business Administration and complete a minimum of two professional internships. Arts Administration students participate in a minimum of two internships both in the United States and internationally. Faculty work one-on-one with students to place them within the community and develop individualized experiences that match interests and professional goals. 

Past internship placements include:

Fine Art: J.B. Speed Art Museum, Video Kitchen, Hertz Art Gallery, Kentucky Museum of Arts and Crafts, The Riflemaker Gallery (London, England), The Mellwood Arts Center, The Louisville Visual Arts Association, Zoom Group, Swanson Reed Art Gallery, Owensboro Museum of Art, Artswatch Gallery and Weber Gallery.

Theatre: Blue Apple Theatre Company, Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, Segal Center for Performing Arts (Montreal, Canada), Walt Disney World College Program, Center Stage Theatre Company, Walden Theatre and The Alley Theater.

Music: Opera Memphis, The Handel House Museum (London, England), Louisville Orchestra, Multi-Disciplinary, Governor’s School for the Arts, American Community Centre, Frazier Museum of History, Barry Wooley Designs, WDJX Radio, Kentucky Opera Association and Live Nation Entertainment.

Multi-Disciplinary: Governor’s School for the Arts, American Community Centre, Frazier Museum of History, Barry Wooley Designs, Kidz Club, The Kentucky foundation for Women, Asia House (London, England) and Donna Lawrence Video Productions.

Bellarmine Arts Administration graduates have followed a wide range of career paths as well as graduate education. Bellarmine’s emphasis on the liberal arts produces well-rounded students who are highly desirable to graduate schools and employers in any field.

A Vibrant Local Art Community

The city of Louisville is home to rich and diverse arts scene. Louisville’s metro government, along with many sponsors, actively supports public arts events throughout the community, with a dense calendar of concerts, plays, exhibits, and festivals all through the year. Below is a shortlist of Louisville art associations.

  • Actors Theatre of Louisville
  • Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft
  • Kentucky Opera Association
  • Kentucky Shakespeare Festival
  • Louisville Bach Society
  • Louisville Ballet
  • Louisville Orchestra
  • Louisville Theatrical Association
  • Louisville Visual Art Association
  • Louisville Youth Choir
  • Louisville Youth Orchestra
  • Music Theatre Louisville
  • Stage One
  • 21C Museum Hotel
  • Walden Theatre
  • West Louisville Performing Arts Academy

Alumna Story

Carrie Cooke-Ketterman

“As a native of Louisville, I always knew that I wanted to combine my love of the city with one of my biggest passions in life – the arts. That’s why going to Bellarmine was my ideal choice. Bellarmine’s small class sizes and inspiring arts faculty allowed me the opportunity to expand not only creatively but also prepare me with the professional skills needed for a career in the arts I’d always wanted. I’ve been lucky enough to work not only with Actor’s Theatre but also with the Kentucky Science Center and attribute a lot of my career to the solid foundation Bellarmine has provided.”

Carrie Cooke-Ketterman, Art '09

Association of Arts Administration Educators

AAAE_LogoBellarmine University is a proud member of the Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE). This organization brings together the world's leading arts administration programs, providing resources to arts administration educators for curriculum development, teaching and enrichment purposes. AAAE is an invaluable resource to our students and a fierce advocate for the arts nationally. 


Bellarmine University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees.

Program Director

Dr. Zackary Ross

Dr. Zackary Ross, Arts Administration Program Director / Assistant Professor of Theatre
Dr. Zackary Ross has a Ph.D. in Theatre from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a master’s degree in Educational Theatre from New York University, and is an honors graduate of Lewis and Clark College’s theatre department in Portland, Oregon.

In addition to his experience as an educator, Zack is an active theatre artist. As a director, his most recent productions include Unrehearsed ShakespeareThe 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Blithe Spirit, 44 Plays for 44 Presidents, Tony Kushner's adaptation of The Good Person of Szechwan, Tennessee Williams' short play Adam and Eve on a Ferry, John Webster's The Duchess of Malfi, Richard Greenberg's Three Days of Rain, and Charles L. Mee's Orestes 2.0. As a Fight Director, he has recently staged Sarah Ruhl's Dead Man's Cell Phone, Naomi Iizuka's Anon(ymous), Fancy Me Mad by Michelle Salerno & Juan Ramiez, House of Desires by Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, and Dying City by Christopher Shinn. As and actor, he has appeared most recently in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Frederick Knott's Wait Until Dark, The Neo-futurists Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, Christopher Durang's The Actor’s Nightmare, and Wendy Kesselman's adaptation of The Dairy of Anne Frank. His dramaturgy credits include The Illusion freely adapted from Pierre Corneille’s L’Illusion Comique by Tony Kushner, Iphigenia and Other Daughters by Ellen McLaughlin, and Buried Child by Sam Shepard.

Zack's research interests include theatrical adaptation, contemporary drama, theatre and social change, early modern drama, and trauma studies.

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