Learn the business behind the fine, creative and performing arts and prepare for fulfilling work in the commercial or non-profit arts.

Drawing on skills and knowledge from multiple disciplines, schools, and colleges, the minor in Arts Administration and Advocacy provides students with transferable skills suitable to work in the commercial or non-profit arts. Students in the fine, creative, and performing arts will have an understanding of current practices in management, funding, budgeting, mission fulfillment, and public relations for artists and arts organizations, as well as tools to advocate for the value of the arts.

A key part of the curriculum is an internship course, allowing students to extend their classwork to professional, real-stakes experiences.

Students who major in the arts will find this minor a valuable addition to their studies, as it will prepare them to articulate the value of their work and of the arts writ large; promote and represent their work to the public; responsibly and sustainably manage their financial futures as artists; and promote inclusion and creative vision through their work on campus and beyond. It prepares students to contribute to their communities through advocacy, administration, and management of arts organizations and through their own professional artistic practice.

Careers in Arts Administration & Advocacy

Students who complete a minor in arts administration & advocacy will be prepared to work as administrators, managers, marketers, production staff, and development personnel in both commercial and non-profit companies, and to pursue personally and economically sustainable careers in the arts, ultimately creating opportunities for others as well.

Contact Us

Ellen Margolis, PhD | Theatre & Dance Department Chair, Professor
503-352-2752 | margolis@pacificu.edu


Alexis Walker '23

The Forest Grove native and 2023 Pacific graduate is learning ropes of the performance business as Portland Opera's Ensemble Leaders Fellow.