Arts Entrepreneurship Minor

The goal of this minor is to add to the University curriculum an opportunity for interested students to acquire entrepreneurial acumen in the field of arts management. Through this interdisciplinary minor, students interested in working in and with the arts will acquire practical tools by which to become arts professionals – to manage, market, and promote arts organizations, and both commercial and not-for-profit arts endeavors in the visual, performing, media, and/or literary arts.

The purpose of the proposed grouping of courses and experiences is to bridge the gap between the necessary disciplinary depth of each arts-based major with a skill set that can facilitate entry into various entrepreneurial endeavors in the arts. The minor also allows majors in disciplines other than arts to expand their marketability as individuals ready to work as creative professionals. This minor is invaluable for students who anticipate careers in and related to the arts. As a program designed for the entire student body, the Arts Entrepreneurship minor is a rigorous course of study for students interested in exploring entrepreneurial opportunities in the arts and arts-related fields, regardless of their major course of study.

The minor incorporates historical, theoretical, and practical objectives including courses and internships that enable students to meet these goals.


The minor in Arts Entrepreneurship introduces students to a variety of methods arts entrepreneurs employ to make decisions about, plan, execute, and sustain an arts or arts-related venture and/or career.

The Arts Entrepreneurship minor assists students’ efforts to capitalize on opportunities in the wide array of potential arts economies. The minor also encourages students to define their role as artists in communities or their role in providing innovative production of art. The minor introduces students to the challenges and rewards of being an emerging arts entrepreneur through the experiential practices of the required internship.

The Arts Entrepreneurship minor is an example of the interdisciplinary nature of creative and artistic enterprise and illustrates the strong commitment to interdisciplinarity at Bucknell.


The Bucknell Arts Council coordinates the Arts Entrepreneurship minor, which is a collaboration between the College of Arts & Sciences and the Freeman College of Management. Inquiries can be directed to the University Arts Coordinator.


The minor is composed of five courses. Students must fulfill the requirements of each of sections A, B, C, and D. Students may take a maximum of two courses in any one discipline. Students must select from approved courses for the minor without exception.

Section A – Core course (one credit)

UNIV 199Arts Entrepreneurship1

This survey course explores the theories, processes, and practices involved in entrepreneurship in arts and cultural organizations. The course will feature a series of guest lectures by faculty and staff who are expert in the various aspects of the field. Each lecture will focus on developing concrete strategies and plans for managing arts and cultural organizations, including (but not limited to) business plans and organizational development, managing boards, fundraising, human resources, grant writing, facilities, program development including arts education programs, community collaborations, and effective evaluation. Focus on specific aspects of entrepreneurship in arts and/or cultural organizations will depend upon the group of arts entrepreneur experts presenting during the semester.

This course will rotate through the departments of English, Art & Art History, Music, and Theatre & Dance. Although the course will be offered by faculty in different disciplines, the course content will remain consistent. Generally, the course will be offered each year during the spring semester. Occasionally, there may be two sections in one academic year, one in the fall and one in the spring. The rotation through the arts disciplines offering the course progresses as noted below:

  • English
  • Theatre & Dance
  • Art & Art History
  • Music
  • English (cycle repeats)

Section B – Approaches and Foundations of Entrepreneurship (one or two credits)

It should be noted that while the following list is inclusive, some of the courses of interest are not offered every year. Additionally, a few of the courses have prerequisites.

ECON 103Economic Principles and Problems1
ECON 280Political Economy of Media and Advertising1
MGMT 101Introduction to Organization and Management1
MGMT 102Quantitative Reasoning for Managers1
MGMT 104Foundations of Accounting I1
MGMT 201Marketing1
MGMT 202Operations1
MGMT 203Managerial Finance1

Section C – Skills and Practices of Entrepreneurship (one or two credits)

It should be noted that while the following list is inclusive, some of the courses of interest are not offered every year. Additionally, a few of the courses have prerequisites.

Accounting & Financial Management (counts as a management course)
ACFM 201Business Law1
Art & Art History
ARST 112Photography I1
ARST 234Digital Photography (prerequisites ARST 112 and ARST 131)1
ARST 243Graphic Design (prerequisite ARST 112)1
ARST 245Web Design Fundamentals1
ARST 247Photography II1
ARST 340Video Art and Installation (prerequisite ARST 112 or ARST 229 or ARST 237 or ARST 250)1
ARTH 103Museums, Galleries, Curators: Working with Real Art @ Samek Museum1
ARTH 104Visual Literacy Across World Cultures1
ARTH 260Art, Museums, and New Media1
ENFS 253Introduction to Film/Media Production1
ENFS 254Film Exhibition and Programming1
ENFS 256Writing about Film/Media1
ENFS 335Special Topics in Film/Media Production1
ENFS 339Film/Video Production1
Markets, Innovation & Design (counts as a management course)
MIDE 300Markets, Innovation, and Design (prerequisite MGMT 201)1
MIDE 301Understanding Consumers (prerequisite MGMT 201)1
MIDE 303Entrepreneurship1
MIDE 304Marketing Management (prerequisite MGMT 201)1
UNIV/ENGR 375Should We Start This Company?.5
Management for Sustainability (counts as a management course)
MSUS 301Managing for Sustainability II (prerequisite: MGMT 200. Juniors or seniors only)1
MUSC 220Performance for Laptop.5
MUSC 232Music Technology.5
MUSC Private Lessons (check current course catalog for specific vocal, instrumental, and ensemble course numbers and sections, as they vary by semester.)
MUSC Ensemble (check current course catalog for specific vocal, instrumental, and ensemble course numbers and sections, as they vary by semester.)
Theatre & Dance
THEA 110Acting I1
THEA 145Bucknell Backstage1
THEA 149Introduction to Theatre and Performance Reviewing1
THEA 245Entertainment Technology1
THEA 251Costume Design1
DANC 250History of Dance1

Section D – One credited arts internship (either at Bucknell or off campus that is related to the student’s arts interest in media arts, visual arts, performing arts, literary arts) (one credit)

Internships are competitive, therefore, students are encouraged to fulfill this requirement before the fall of their senior year. Internships may occur in the summer and/or overseas but must have an arts focus. Please check with the relevant center for application procedures for Bucknell Arts internships.

Bucknell Arts Internships

Department of Theatre & Dance Internship contact: Chair of the Department of Theatre & Dance
Film/Media Studies Campus Theatre Internships contact: Rebecca Meyers, Film/Media Studies
Stadler Center Internships contact: Andrew Ciotola, Program Manager
University Press Internship contact: Pam Dailey, Operations Manager
West Branch Internship contact: Andrew Ciotola, Managing Editor

External Arts Internships

Arts Internship (off campus)
Off-campus internships for full credit must be approved using the procedures developed by the College of Arts & Sciences for Nontraditional Study. When the internship opportunity arises, students must contact a faculty mentor to sponsor the internship and design the required academic content of the experience. To receive full credit, students must follow the procedures outlined for Nontraditional Study. Current students can find these procedures in the College of Arts & Sciences section in myBucknell.


Co-coordinator: Janice E. Mann