What is the course about?
This course will focus on the basic areas of arts administration. It is divided into key topics and examples, and covers elements such as recording the minutes of a formal meeting or running a small box-office. The aim of this course is to provide an introduction and overview of arts administration ideal for those who wish to volunteer at a local arts organisation (e.g. to help run a choral society or drama group) or for those who are considering a formal arts administration qualification in future but who wish to study some key areas first.
What will we cover?
- Understanding organisational structure: board, trustees, committees, members and volunteers
- A basic overview of charitable status in the UK
- The format of a formal meeting: agenda, minutes, actions
- Planning an event: a case study from the administrator’s perspective
- Running a box office: tickets, guest list, float, record-keeping
- Expenses and very basic book-keeping
- Looking for arts events online, using Eventbrite, arts-council mailing lists etc.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- recognise key topics of arts administration
- feel confident describing the basic structure of a small arts organisation
- record minutes of a meeting using a standard template
- read and understand a basic project timeline for event planning.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for absolute beginners to arts administrators who are curious and ambitious to learn.
You must have reliable (but basic) computer skills for this course: you will be expected to be able to read Ms Word documents and create very simple MS Excel spreadsheets, and also to search for information on the internet.
This course has several reading tasks to be undertaken between classes. You should join a good public library (e.g. Barbican library) where you can find suitable materials.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will comprise combinations of lecturer presentations, question-and-answer, guided listening, video and document study. You will be asked to do extra reading tasks between classes and you will be expected to discuss these readings in class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need to bring a pen/pencil and a folder to keep your notes and handouts organised. You may also wish to join a good public library where you can extend your reading further. City Lit offers computer and Internet access to students via the Student Learning Centre where you can undertake the short study tasks between sessions.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
We recommend that you now study: Arts management: introductory topics which will help you further explore arts organisation structure and learn an overview of managerial tasks.
City Lit offers several courses to help you develop individual administration skills: search on our website for: Book keeping, Making a website with word press, etc….