UK offers new online doctoral degree in arts administration

Posted at 1:57 PM, Feb 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-03 17:49:04-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — The University of Kentucky will now offer a Ph.D. program in arts administration starting this fall and it's the first of its kind in the United States.

"We are only the third school to offer any kind of specialization in the program and we are the first Ph.D. in arts administration in the country and the first online PhD at the University of Kentucky,” said Rachel Shane, the Chair of UK’s Department of Arts Administration.

The program includes two core areas, arts administration and research methodologies. The pairing will allow students already in the field to expand on their profession and look into aspects of arts and culture that go beyond what's on the surface.

"This will give them the tools and the skill set in order to research what's happening with audiences, with artists, connecting the two,” said Shane. “Understanding how we can increase production. Understanding how we can connect it to other industries, including tourism. It will give them all the skills to research it and find out what's been done and what still needs to be done."

There will be five courses in each of the core areas. Students who complete the requirements will earn a Ph.D. in arts administration and a Certificate in Research Methods in Education.

The first application deadline for the fall 2020 semester is March 15th. You can learn more by visiting