Notes from program coordinator Jefferson Westwood:
- If you are thinking of declaring a major in arts administration at SUNY Freodnia,
please make an appointment with me as soon as possible. It is preferable to CALL
or STOP BY to make your appointment, rather than requesting one by email. My phone
number is 716-673-3217. If I am not here, my secretary, Sue Levandoski can usually
set you up with a meeting time. My office is located in room G-15 of Rockefeller
Arts Center. Use the entrance to Bartlett Theater and turn left. I am in the first
office on the left.
- Arts Administration may or may not be the best choice for you. Many of the students
that come to see me end up in one of the artistic disciplines (music, theater, dance,
visual arts) in communication or in business. Two recent students also opted to create
their own individualized majors though the university's Interdisciplinary Studies
program. By talking with you and learning about about what you have done in the past
and your dreams for the future, I can help you choose the program that is best for
- The strength of our program is not the list of individual courses, but the emphasis
we place on practical, hands-on learning through internships and practica courses.
A practicum is essentially like an internship, but you do it on campus. (Internships
are generally off-campus.) Internships usually carry a higher number of credits (up
to 15) than practica do.
- We offer practica in several areas: Box office, front-of-house, publicity & publications,
fund-raising (fall only) and contracts and concert production (spring only.) Space
is limited, especially in the later two classes. Majors and upper classmen have priority.
for more specific information, please see our internship page.
- I encourage all students to get involved in our volunteer usher corps as soon as possible.
Ushers are accepted only twice a year -- at the beginning of each semester please
email RAC assistant director firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested or call him at 716-673-3744. Serving at least one semester
as a volunteer usher is a pre-requsite to doing the front-of-house practicum. Service
in our usher corps can also lead to a position as a house manager, one of the few
opportunities you may have to gain supervisory experience while still in college.
- If you are persuing a major in arts administration, I strongly encourage you to do
a full time internship at a summer theatre or performing arts festival. Past students have worked at such
prestegious organizations as the Ravinia Festival, Tanglewood, Jacob's Pillow and
the Glimmerglass Opera Company. I can give you leads and recommendations, but you
are responsible for obtaining your own internship. Normal tuition rates apply. Visit
our new internship page for more information, searchable data-bases and links to current and past internship