From opera houses to art galleries, the world’s arts institutions and organizations depend upon the skills and talents of those behind the scenes. An arts management major at RMC lets you merge your knowledge and appreciation of the visual and performing arts with a solid foundation in the operating methods and business practices of arts organizations and institutions. Focus your learning on visual art, film, music or theatre as your preferred area of emphasis, and pair it with practical coursework in marketing, accounting and arts law. This study deepens your understanding of the arts and equips you with valuable skills to be at the nexus where art is nurtured and cultivated.
high impact internships
Arts management is hands-on work, and majors complete an internship with an arts organization as part of a senior capstone course. You’ll work directly with a site supervisor who tailors your internship to provide valuable practical experience in learning how arts organizations function, problem-solve, and thrive. Recent RMC arts management majors completed internships at:
- Academy of Country Music
- Boulanger Institute
- Cultural Arts Center of Glen Allen
- Gateway Playhouse
- Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Richmond, Virginia has a vibrant arts community, and the Principles of Arts Management (AMGT 201) taps right in. Students learn from professionals who guest lecture on their work in museums, theaters, dance companies, and music organizations, sharing their insights into the practices and challenges of the nonprofit arts world.
advising and mentorship
This interdisciplinary program connects students to Randolph-Macon arts faculty who are professional artists themselves with strong networks in the community. In the classroom, and in the many productions and exhibits on campus, you’ll have opportunities to practice your skills alongside faculty who take the time to support you individually in your journey to becoming an effective arts manager and communicator with the necessary skills to succeed in any work environment.
To study the arts is to experience the arts, and travel opportunities help support that hands-on learning. Some examples of relevant study abroad or study away programs were:
- Film Music in Japan (JPN 243) students traveled to Japan to study the country’s rich history of innovative film music. Students toured important historical and cultural sites, attend musical and theatrical performances, and meet with film music professionals.
- Instrumental Music in New Orleans students traveled to the birthplace of jazz. Students examine the rich history of small brass bands infused with wildly diverse flavors of jazz, pop, funk, and hip hop.
Randolph-Macon’s new, state-of-the-art Center for the Performing Arts is the 19,200 square-foot home of the school’s performing ensembles including choir, orchestra, and the RMC theatre program – a creative hub that features:
- Blackwell auditorium, home to a full-size stage
- Cobb-Kessler studio theater
- Haun Rehearsal Hall
- Classes and offices
- music library
- support rooms (dressing rooms, scene shop, rehearsal spaces, music storage, etc.)
2.6Mpeople are currently working in the fine and performing arts industry
1952the year the original Blackwell Auditorium was built at Randolph-Macon College
19%the much faster than average rate of job growth for entertainers, performers and sports-related occupations
Introduction to Recording Techniques
Study the fundamentals of sound recording and production. Learn the properties of sound, analogue and digital recording, and use of microphones. Create your own multi-track recordings using Protools and other digital software.
Learn the visualization practices and production principles of filmmaking through an in-depth examination of the professional language, personnel, equipment, and technical components involved in pre-production, production, and post-production. Explore the creative role of the director through artistic shot selection, visual and audio synchronization, music and sound alignment, storyboard development, cinematography, and editing. Study the process of filmmaking, focusing on the interaction and coordination of scene construction, frame composition, lens selection, lighting, camera placement or movement, and film coverage/ratios.
Stagecraft and Lighting Design
Learn the vocabulary of theatre equipment, the properties of scenic materials, the use of lighting instruments and technology, and professional standards in design and technology. Develop hands-on techniques through laboratory coursework; visit neighboring professional theatres; and work behind the scenes in campus theatre productions.
Students do it all—designing, building, writing, marketing, and of course, acting and directing several productions each year.
MUSIC PERFORMANCE GROUPS
- Concert Choir
- Chamber Singers
- Chamber Ensembles
- Large Instrumental Ensemble
- Show Choir
- Jazz Lab
- Suzume Odori Japanese Dance Troupe
MU PHI EPSILON
An arts honor society
Bethany Finnegan Seay ’09 SHRM-SCP
Assistant Director of Human Resources
Catholic Diocese of Richmond
“Studying at RMC helped me to learn how I learn. This allowed me to thrive in numerous areas because I understood what I needed to do to absorb the necessary content. Also, the diverse course content gave me practical life skills and professional skills that I use every day. The arts management degree included courses like accounting, marketing, and other business-related classes, all of which gave me a strong foundation for the type of work I do every day.”
Rebecca Parsley ’22
John M. Gandy Elementary School
Tracy Johnson Whitley ’86
Long and Foster
Ashley “AJ” Jefferson Bauer ’07
Senior Regional Director of Development and Leadership Giving Initiatives
Olivia Rosenberger ’10
Jeweler, Gemologist and CAD Designer
A Pitch-Perfect Oppor-TUNE-ity
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