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Entertainment & Arts Management

Alum Katie Ringwood prepares the stage at the Walnut Street Theatre. (Photo credit: Lori Agazarian)

Entertainment & Arts Management
A student run concert at The Blockley

Entertainment & Arts Management


In 2016, the global entertainment market is projected to exceed $2 trillion, according to a report published in Billboard magazine, a key industry trade publication. In 2017, the U.S. is expected to account for $632.09 billion, or 29.4 percent of the worldwide total of more than $2.152 trillion, according to the report.  The Entertainment & Arts Management (EAM) program prepares students for leadership careers in this tremendous global industry that shows no signs of slowing down.

Movies and television... Theatre… Dance... New media... Museums. These "creative industries," and others like them, are key enterprises of one of the fastest-growing economic sectors in the United States and worldwide. The tremendous growth of these industries has created a real need for professionals who can combine both management and leadership skills with a thorough understanding of art, entertainment and media sectors.  The industry needs professionals who understand the management workings of these industries and can move effortless between commercial and nonprofit.

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 - with 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 allows Drexel 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

  • 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. 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.
  • BS/MS: Students who complete the EAM program may also choose to pursue a graduate degree at Drexel in Arts Administration. Students who apply for the graduate Arts Administration program and graduate with a 3.5 GPA in the last two years of the EAM degree program are automatically accepted into the program.

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

The Drexel Co-op Program: Experience Counts

Drexel University has long been known for its cooperative 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:

Artist representation agencies

  • Advertising agencies
  • Arts festivals
  • Art and historical museums
  • Art galleries
  • Performing arts centers
  • Concert producers and promoters
  • Dance companies
  • Educational institutions
  • Film production companies
  • Television networks and stations
  • Opera companies
  • Orchestras
  • Performance Venues
  • Regional theaters
  • Television stations

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


  • Showtime
  • Dick Clark Productions
  • Atlantic Records
  • CBS Radio
  • Disney
  • Comcast
  • NBC Universal/NBC10
  • TicketWeb – San Francisco
  • The Onion
  • Range Records
  • Relapse Records
  • Ethical Music
  • MayoSeitz Media
  • Spirit Music Group
  • Screen Actors Guild
  • Sirius/XM Radio
  • WMMR
  • Big Picture Media
  • Visual Arts:
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • InLiquid
  • Philadelphia Mural Arts Project 


  • The Trocadero
  • XFINITY Live! Philadelphia
  • Asbury Lanes
  • Mann Performing Arts Center
  • World Café Live!
  • Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
  • Partners for Sacred Places

Visual Arts:

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

Arts & Entertainment 

  • Sesame Workshop
  • Upright Citizens Brigade
  • Edinburgh Fringe Festival
  • Webster Hall NYC
  • Live Nation
  • AEG Live
  • The Acting Company
  • Philadelphia Theatre Company
  • Second Stage Theatre - NYC
  • Parsons Dance - NYC
  • Pennsylvania Ballet
  • Ballet X
  • Arden Theatre Company
  • Wilma Theater


  • Greater Philadelphia Film Office
  • New Jersey Motion Picture & Television Commission
  • Cozen O’Connor law firm
  • Data Garden
  • ACM Talent - NYC
  • Melanie Briggs Casting
  • Nashville Casting
  • Rain Management Group
  • Simon Rosen
  • Revel Management
  • Kritzer Levine Wilkins Griffin Nilon Entertainment – LA
  • The Philadelphia Union soccer team