Bachelor of Arts

Arts Entrepreneurship

You celebrate creativity. You celebrate uniqueness. You celebrate art. Take it to the next level and look for a career in arts administration. Through community and public art projects and work at TU’s Diane Kidd Gallery, you can become an arts powerhouse, with the perfect blend of creativity and business. Armed with in-depth knowledge of arts management, our graduates have become leaders as gallery managers, booking agents, tour managers and technical directors. 

Arts Entrepreneurship

Have you ever pictured yourself managing a dynamic music or visual arts organization? Majoring in Arts Entrepreneurship at Tiffin University can provide you with real opportunities in arts management. For example, you could be in charge of a community or regional performance hall, or a professional musical ensemble or entertainment company. You might be managing an advertising agency, a recording studio, or a related music business.  You could just as easily find yourself in management for an art museum, art gallery, or art co-op, either in the public and private sector. The possibilities are as limitless as your imagination, and as boundless as your motivation to succeed.

 

Who Are Our Students?

The operation of The Diane Kidd Gallery offers our students hands-on experience in all aspects of gallery management: exhibition development, contract negotiation, marketing and promotion, budget development, design of related publications, and cost and program analysis.  Our students are actively preparing for real-world occupations.

TU graduates also have their own musical groups, are working for movie production sets, and hold a variety of jobs related to their majors.

Our students are highly motivated, with unique artistic and creative skills. As an Arts Entrepreneurship major, you can work towards a degree that is flexible enough to incorporate your personal creativity with sound business skills and practices. Upon graduation, you will be prepared for a successful future in the arts management.

Core Curriculum of the School of Arts & Sciences 49 hours
Arts Administration Major 24 hours
Concentration 15 hours

  • AEN110 Introduction to Arts in Society
  • AEN210 Fundamentals of Arts Entrepreneurship 
  • AEN310 Principles of Arts Entrepreneurship 
  • AEN465 Managing the Arts 
  • AEN491 Senior Project

Total BA hours 121 hours

 

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate course offerings for this major. Consult the official Academic Bulletin for detailed registration and advising information.

On Campus - Offered in a 15-week semester format with start dates of January and August

 

All Arts Entrepreneurship concentrations offered

Introduction to Sound and Recording Technology (MUS230) - Students will explore the basic principles involved in the process of sound reinforcement and recording, including microphones and the principles of sound transduction, basic analog audio electronics, device interconnection, shielding and grounding, analog- to-digital conversion, magnetic recording processes in both analog and digital systems, and standard practices of recording, mixing, editing and mastering. Studio and live sound equipment are used in class, in studio exercises, and student projects.    

Music Business Seminar (MUS427) - This course provides students with the opportunity to explore the current state and the future of the recording industry, music publishing industry, and music industry and intellectual property law. Students conceive and develop ideas and proposals for musical entrepreneurship, and create an individual project that draws together work from previous courses and their own musical and professional experience.

Introduction to Art History (ART201) - This course is an introduction to the history of art and covers works from the Prehistoric through the Modern Period. Painting, sculpture, architecture and design, as well as contemporary works that cross various disciplines, will be explored within the context of the world and how art defines societies and cultures. Students will learn to describe and analyze various artistic periods, styles, and movements that have influenced contemporary art and culture. Emphasis will be placed on analyzing and interpreting works of art using established guidelines and terminology. This is a writing intensive course.    

Topics in Art History (ART340) - Students in this course engage in an in-depth study a specific topic, time period or genre of art history. Topics may include the history of photography, Modern art, American art, or others as determined by the instructor, and will rotate each time the course is offered. Emphasis will be placed on exploring different art historical methodologies, as well as understanding the importance and impact of the course theme on the study of art history as a whole. This is a writing intensive course.

  • Art Handler
  • Art Manager
  • Audio/Recording Engineer
  • Booking Agent
  • Box Office Manager
  • Event/Booking Manager
  • Gallery Manager
  • Production Coordinator
  • Technical Director
  • Tour Manager
  • Walt Disney World
  • Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
  • Collins Avenue Entertainment
  • Rouse Theatre

Faculty

Joseph Van Kerkhove
Joseph Van Kerkhove

Joseph Van Kerkhove

VanKerkhoveJM@tiffin.edu
419-448-6018

Assistant Professor of Art

School of Arts & Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • B.F.A., Columbus College of Art and Design
  • M.F.A., Indiana University

Joseph Van Kerkhove

Professor Van Kerkhove holds a M.F.A. in Printmaking from Indiana University and a B.F.A. from The Columbus College of Art and Design. He has taught fine art courses at Tiffin University since 2011. He is a printmaking and ceramic artist that responds to personal experiences through imagery and process. His artworks have been exhibited in a variety of venues nationally and internationally. Galleries in Cleveland and Akron, Ohio currently represent his art. Joseph participated in the Summer Print Program at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica Venezia, Italy. Joseph is currently a member of The National Art Education Association that advances visual arts education to fulfill human potential and promote global understanding for visual art educators.

Visit Joseph Van Kerkhove’s Personal Website www.joevankerkhove.com

Joseph Van Kerkhove Assistant Professor of Art
Bradley Rees
Bradley Rees

Bradley Rees

BRees@tiffin.edu
419-448-3317

Assistant Professor of Music

Music Department Director

School of Arts & Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • B.A., George Mason University
  • B.Mus., George Mason University
  • M.Mus., University of Northern Colorado

Bradley Rees

Brad Rees serves as Director of the Tiffin University Music Department, where he coordinates TU's new ProMusic degree program, and also directs the award-winning a cappella ensemble Up in the Air, conducts University Choirs, and teaches voice, music theory, and music production & engineering. A leader in contemporary a cappella and vocal jazz education for two decades, Brad has served as the Assistant Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Northern Colorado, on the faculty at Iowa's School for Music Vocations, and on the jazz faculty at Bowling Green State University.

A frequent clinician at vocal music festivals across the US and Canada, he is a regular judge for ICCA, ICHSA and show choir competitions throughout the Midwest, and has served on the faculty of Halewyn Jazz Workshop in Belgium and many other summer workshops and camps.  His ensembles have appeared across the United States and Canada, at the Salzburg Music Festival in Austria, at the United Nations in New York and Geneva, and on tour in the Republic of China, Germany, the Czech Republic, and South Africa. His choirs have also performed on several national TV broadcasts.

His own performing credits include appearances with Ben Folds, Bobby McFerrin’s Voicestra, Joe Williams, George Shearing, African gospel artist Rebecca Malope, and others. He sang with the Grammy-nominated vocal jazz quintet, The Axidentals, with Phil Mattson’s Voices, and in residence at the Smithsonian Institution.

Brad is currently completing a DMA from Boston University, received a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Northern Colorado, and holds degrees in music and public relations from George Mason University in Virginia. He has served in leadership  positions for the Ohio chapters of IAJE and ACDA, and his compositions and arrangements are available through UNC Jazz Press.

Bradley Rees Assistant Professor of Music
Lee Fearnside
Lee Fearnside

Lee Fearnside

FearnsideL@tiffin.edu
419-448-3427

Associate Professor of Art

Curator of the Diane Kidd Gallery

School of Arts & Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • B.A., Smith College
  • M.F.A., Rhode Island School of Design
  • M.S., Drexel University

Lee Fearnside

Before coming to Tiffin, Professor Fearnside was an adjunct instructor at several colleges in New England, including College of the Holy Cross, Rhode Island College and Greenfield Community College, teaching classes in photography, video and art history. In her own work, she creates projects using photography and video to explore issues of body image, sexuality, gentrification, and the creation of history. Her photographic work has been exhibited in galleries in New England and in national juried shows. Her videos have been screened at film festivals in Boston, Oregon, Toronto, Chicago, San Francisco and most recently on Rhode Island PBS. Her most recent projects include photographic work on scars and houses under construction, and a video about archaeology.

Lee Fearnside Associate Professor of Art

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