Bachelor’s Degree in Arts Administration

  • Overview

    The only degree of its kind currently being offered in Raleigh, our BA in Arts Administration is led by faculty with vast professional and academic experience.

    As an Arts Administration major at WPU, you will develop the skills necessary to make a mark on the professional world. The Bachelor of Arts degree program features focused studies in marketing, accounting, management, administration, advertising, media, public relations and the arts. Through elective courses, you’ll be able to focus further on specific arts areas that interest you (theater, music or visual art). You will train under an impressive network of faculty and guests whose resumes include professional artistic credits, administrative and business positions as well as strong academic achievements. You will also benefit from “outside the classroom” experiences such as required internships, student-run organizations and study abroad opportunities (such as the university’s recent trips to England and Italy).

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    The show can't happen without someone pulling the strings behind the scenes. WPU Arts & Administration students learn how to manage the venue and beyond
  • Courses

    The courses listed below are for the Academic Catalog and are subject to change. Please reference the Academic Catalog for further information and course descriptions. If you are a current student, please reference the catalog in which you come under.

    Bachelor of Arts in Arts Administration

    *Liberal Education Curriculum: Under the Liberal Education requirements, students must take THE 112: Introduction to Acting in place of COM 101 and register for THE 490 for their internship requirement.

    Liberal Education Curriculum49 credit hours
    Arts Core Courses17 credit hours
    Business Core Courses27 credit hours
    Theatre Administration Electives6 credit hours
    General Electives21 credit hours
    Total credit hours for B.A. in Arts Administration120 credit hours


    Arts Core Courses17 credit hours
    THE 101: Theatre Production (1 credit hour each taken two (2) times)4
    THE 103: Introduction to Theatre *This credit can be waived for a transfer student who has previously taken three (3) credit hours of Theatre coursework from an accredited institution.3
    THE 180: Music Appreciation3
    ART 160: Art Appreciation3
    THE 225: Arts in Society3
    THE 329: Arts Administration3


    Business Core Courses27 credit hours
    BSA 221: Principles of Accounting3
    BSA 222: Managerial Accounting3
    MKT 230: Marketing3
    BSA 240: Management and Organizational Behavior3
    MKT 333: Marketing for Nonprofits3
    COM 230: Media Writing3
    COM 240: Introduction to Public Relations3
    COM 311: Interactive and Social Media3
    PSC 340: Nonprofit Administration3


    Theatre Administration Electives6 credit hours
    Six (6) additional credit hours earned in the THE or ART or combined with ENG 422: Shakespeare and/or ENG 425: Women on Stage. No more than one (1) credit hour as THE 151: Applied Voice


    General Electives22 credit hours
    Must complete 22 elective credit hours22
  • Faculty
    Matt Hodge, WPU professor.
    Associate Professor of Musical Theatre and Theatre
    Associate Professor of Theatre and Musical Theatre
    Wade Newhouse, WPU Professor.
    Program Director of Theatre; Professor of English
  • Careers

    WPU Arts Administration graduates go on to various careers in areas such as costume design, directing, set design, producing, acting and teaching.

    Recent Peace internships include:

    • North Carolina Theatre
    • Raleigh Little Theatre
    • Theatre in the Park
    • Opera House of Wilmington
    • Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre
    • Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy
    • Raleigh’s Village Idiots

    Recent employment:

    • Last Comic Standing
    • Chelsea Lately
    • North Carolina Theatre
    • Theatre in the Park
    • Groundlings

    Recent graduate school acceptances:

    • Harvard University
    • The Juilliard School
    • Virginia Commonwealth University
    • AMDA
    • UCLA
  • Performances

    2018-2019 Season

    Main Stage Productions

    • Speech and Debate
    • Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
    • Julius Caesar
    • Hair
    • WPU Dance Concert


    • 24-Hour Playfest
    • Senior Recitals
    • One Night Only (Student-Directed Cabaret Evenings)

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    2017-2018 Season


    • An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe
    • The Wild Party
    • Five Women Wearing the Same Dress
    • Assassins
    • King Lear (Partnership with Honest Pint Theatre Company)
    • WPU Dance Concert


    • 24-Hour Playfest
    • WPU Singers Choral Concerts
    • Senior Recitals
    • One Night Only (Student-Directed Cabaret Evenings)

    2016-2017 Season


    • Kiss Me, Kate
    • The Laramie Project
    • Noises Off
    • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
    • WPU Dance Concert


    • The Pillowman (Student-Directed Production)
    • Finding Clara (Student-Directed Staged Reading)
    • One Night Only (Student-Directed Cabaret Evenings)
    • 24-Hour Playfest
    • WPU Singers Choral Concerts
    • Senior Recitals

    2015-2016 Season


    • The Music Man
    • The Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom
    • Twelfth Night
    • American Idiot
    • WPU Dance Concert


    • Macbeth (Staged Reading for Shakespeare Marathon in partnership with NC Museum of History and Burning Coal Theatre)
    • One Night Only (Student-Directed Cabaret Evenings)
    • 24-Hour Playfest
    • WPU Singers Choral Concerts
    • Senior Recitals

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Former Student Josh Walker made the national tour of RENT
Former Student Josh Walker made the national tour of RENT

“I think a huge reason that I got this job [on tour with RENT] was because Peace showed me how to be an individual.”

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