Entertainment & Arts Management

Katie Ringwood ('11); EAM Featured Alum; Stage Manager

Entertainment & Arts Management

Katie Ringwood, Class of 2011 – Freelance Stage Manager, recently: 50 Shades The Musical Parody – North American Tour
Read more about Katie and previous featured EAM alumni here.
(photo credit: Lori Aghazarian)



Motion pictures, television, performing arts, new media, museums... These creative industries, and others like them, belong to one of the fastest-growing economic sectors in the world. The tremendous growth of these industries has created a need for professionals who can combine both management and leadership skills with a thorough understanding of art, entertainment and media sectors.

Drexel's Entertainment & Arts Management (EAM) program prepares students for this challenge by providing both a specialized curriculum through which students may choose an arts or media concentration and a nationally-ranked cooperative education component. Students in Drexel’s EAM program choose concentrations in media management, performing arts management, or visual arts management. However, unlike other undergraduate programs in this field, students are not required to choose a nonprofit or for-profit focus. This gives our students increased flexibility when choosing their career paths and a distinct professional advantage in today’s ever-changing arts and entertainment industries.

Dual Degree Option

  • MS in Arts Administration or Museum Leadership: Students who complete the EAM program may choose to pursue a graduate degree at Drexel in either Arts Administration or Museum Leadership. Students who apply for either program and maintain at least a 3.5 GPA in the last two years of the EAM program are automatically accepted into the program.
  • Accelerated BS/MBA: This dual degree program combines study in the areas of entertainment & arts management with the MBA degree. The program is designed to allow students to complete both the bachelor's degree and the Master of Business Administration degree in five years. Freshman applicants to the Entertainment & Arts Management program with a combined Math and Critical Reading SAT score of 1300 and a 3.5 GPA may apply for the BS/MBA program at the time of their freshman application, or during their freshman year. Students who are accepted into the accelerated program must maintain a 3.2 GPA as an EAM undergraduate and submit 2 letters of recommendation and meet minimum GMAT requirements at the time of application to the MBA program.

EAM Concentration in Sports Entertainment

Incoming EAM students can also select Sports Entertainment as their concentration.

Designed for students interested in the crossover between media and sports, the Sports Entertainment concentration will combine courses in film and television production with classes such as The Business of Sport, Sports Marketing, Promotion and Public Relations, Sports Information and a host of electives in Drexel's Sport Management program including sport law, agent and labor relations, venue management and tourism.

The Sports Entertainment management concentration of EAM is a great foundation for careers in fields such as sports broadcasting production and management and media relations and athlete representation.

For more information, or to apply to the EAM program, visit

Career Opportunities

A Drexel degree in EAM prepares students for a variety of careers in both for-profit and nonprofit organizations; from creative, hands-on positions to administrative and management roles. Nonprofit creative industries are typically funded through the government, corporations, foundations, and individuals. Americans for the Arts and the Foundation Center estimate the expenditures from these sources at $18.2 billion annually. 

In the for-profit arena, the movie industry alone grew 34 percent between 1998 and 2003, according to the Motion Picture Association, resulting in industry-wide expenditures of $14 billion. In addition, American television programs are broadcast to more than 125 international markets and broadband Internet is creating countless new opportunities for content creators and managers. Given the large number of organizations in this field, the career possibilities in this field are extensive, ranging from small, independent production companies to major studios. Students with an EAM degree from Drexel are well-prepared for a variety of careers, including the following:

  • Artistic or creative director
  • Concert and live events manager
  • Gallery manager/owner
  • Grant writer
  • Marketing coordinator
  • Production and development executive
  • Promoter
  • Publicist
  • Talent agent

Drexel Co-op: Experience Counts

Drexel University has long been known for its co-operative education program, through which students mix periods of full-time, career-related employment with their studies. All EAM students pursue co-op employment.The degree is completed in four years, and students complete two, three-month co-op experiences, ideally in the summer term of the second year and the summer term of the third year. Many opportunities exist in for-profit and nonprofit areas, including some of the following types of organizations:

  • Advertising agencies
  • Arts festivals
  • Art and historical museums
  • Community arts centers
  • Dance companies
  • Educational institutions
  • Film companies
  • Opera companies
  • Orchestra companies
  • Presenting organizations
  • Regional theaters
  • Television stations

Here are some examples of companies that have provided co-op opportunities to EAM students in the past:


  • Atlantic Records
  • Center City Film & Video
  • CBS News/NY
  • Comcast
  • Fox29
  • MindTV
  • MTV
  • Showtime Networks
  • Universal Music
  • Westchester County Film Office (NY)
  • WPST

Visual Arts:

  • Freeman’s Auction House
  • Philadelphia Mural Arts Program
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • The Print Center

Performing Arts:

  • Commonwealth Classic Theater Company
  • Electric Factory Concerts
  • International Opera theater/Italy
  • Mann Center for the Performing Arts
  • New Paradise Laboratories
  • Painted Bride
  • Philadelphia City Paper
  • Philadelphia Theater Company
  • Trocadero Theatre
  • Wilma Theater
  • World Café Live

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