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Arts Management

Sports, Arts & Entertainment Management Degree

Rowland School of Business

Get Career-Ready for a Vast and Exciting Industry

To prepare students for arts management careers, Point Park University's Sports, Arts & Entertainment Management (SAEM) degree program builds upon the strength of Point Park's nationally-ranked Conservatory of Performing Arts — a perfect platform for training on the business side of this career path. SAEM courses in arts management have helped aspiring musicians launch their careers and provided dancers with skills in studio business operations.

Additionally, Pittsburgh's Cultural District is just blocks away from campus, offering students the opportunity to work in theatre, ballet, opera and dance. Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center and the Andy Warhol Museum are also nearby.

Arts Faculty, Coursework and Internships

Faculty teaching arts management focused courses include Teresa Gregory, M.F.A., arts administrator and fundraising expert. Embedded in Point Park University's Pittsburgh Playhouse, SAEM students get hands-on experience working in the box office, front of house and guest services and learn performance marketing/advertising techniques.

Arts management courses in the SAEM major include:

  • Advanced Fundraising
  • Fundraising from Crowdfunding to Proposal Writing
  • Performing Arts Presenting and Touring
  • Producing Commercial and Nonprofit Performing Arts
  • Production Management
  • Stage Management 
  • Ticketing
Additionally, a full-semester internship, working with industry professionals, is required to complete the SAEM degree. Multiple internships throughout the program are encouraged.

Pictured are SAEM alumni during the SAEM 20th Anniversary Celebration. Photo by Madi Fisher.
SAEM alumna Bridgette Purdue, pictured left, is the executive director of Alumni Theater Company. Ashley Kier, pictured second from right, is the marketing coordinator for the Pittsburgh Cultural TrustRead more about them and other successful alumni in this story about the SAEM 20th anniversary celebration.


SAEM Alumni Working in Arts Management

Our SAEM alumni can be found throughout the nation working in the arts management field. They include:

  • Kady Chambers, convention services manager, Baltimore Convention Center
  • Emily McCoy, manager of donor relations, Pittsburgh Public Theater
  • Mallory (Schirr) Shea, marketing and media relations manager, University Musical Society
  • Hugh Stumpp, associate house manager, Jujamcyn Theaters in NYC
  • Rachel Winkler, senior manager of individual giving and development operations, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in NYC