Academic Catalog

Arts Administration, an Option to the Associate in Arts in Performing Arts

Program Description

Students interested in the business side of the performing arts, Arts Administration, can complete the first two years of courses and gain performance and business experience that will prepare them to transfer to a baccalaureate program and pursue a career in Arts Administration.  The focus of the program is on business administration with an emphasis on accounting, marketing, and economics. The curriculum is designed to promote academic and business-related student development in the performing arts.  Students may gain experience through participation in Ocean County College Theatre productions. 

Transfer Information

Students pursing the Performing Arts degree with an Arts Administration Option can transfer into majors such as Arts Administration or Arts Management. A combination of business and arts coursework, such as music, theater, or dance, is necessary for transfer. Students are encouraged to work closely with OCC faculty and Advising Transfer Services. Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution in NJ can explore the “Transfer Programs” feature on NJ Transfer

Career Information

The Associate of Arts Degree is designed to provide students with the coursework needed to transfer to a four-year institution and pursue a bachelor’s degree. The curriculum provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to pursue various pathways in arts management, facilities management, and stage production, while providing a credential beyond the high school degree. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with OCC faculty and Career Services as they begin to explore career options. OCC students can also utilize Focus2 Career, a resource provided by OCC, to explore degree programs and corresponding careersTo get started, log in through Ocean Connect.

Students are encouraged to keep track of degree requirements by using the “My Progress” screen on Student Planning. Student Planning can be accessed via logging into Ocean Connect.

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
ENGL 151 English I 3
ECON 151 Macroeconomic Principles 3
THTR 195 Theatre Appreciation 3
Humanities Gen. Ed. Requirement 3
Any STSC - Student Success Seminar course 1 2
 Credit Hours14
Second Semester
ENGL 152 English II 3
Mathematics Gen. Ed. Requirement 2 3
BUSN 134 Principles of Marketing 3
COMM 154 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
Diversity Gen. Ed. Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Third Semester
ACCT 161 Principles of Accounting I 3
Performing Arts Elective 3 3
History Gen. Ed. Requirement 3
Social Science Gen. Ed. Requirement 3
Lab Science Gen. Ed. Requirement 2 4
 Credit Hours16
Fourth Semester
Performing Arts Elective 3 3
History Gen. Ed. Requirement 3
Humanities Gen. Ed. Requirement 3
Mathematics or Lab Science Gen. Ed. Requirement 2 3-4
Technology Gen. Ed. Requirement 2 3
Elective to meet 60 credits 0-1
 Credit Hours15-17
 Total Credit Hours60-62

A variety of STSC -Student Success Seminar courses are available. Please speak to your academic advisor for assistance when selecting.


Students must select one math course, one lab science course, and one technology course and complete the 12 credit requirement with any additional math or science course from the list of Approved General Education Courses.  Students may attempt to “test out” of the technology requirement.  If they succeed, they must take an additional course in math or science from the List of Approved General Education Courses.   


Performing Arts Program Electives: Any course in DANC, MUSC, or THTR.  Students selecting courses which are less than 3 credits must take additional courses from the lists provided in order to complete a total of 6 credits in Dance and/or Music and/or Theatre.