Appalachian State University offers the only undergraduate program focusing on art management within the University of North Carolina system. The Bachelor of Arts in Art and Visual Culture - Art Management degree incorporates the study of studio art, art history, and art management with a required minor in non-profit management.
As a student, you’ll acquire an understanding of art, cultural production and visual culture in a range of historical and contemporary contexts. You will be prepared for a range of careers in museums, galleries, arts organizations and cultural institutions as well as future studies in graduate and professional programs.
Practical experience is gained on campus at Smith Gallery, where students play a vital role in preparing exhibitions. Off campus, students have completed the required internship at nationally and internationally recognized art organizations, galleries and museums.
Employment: Most students start jobs right after graduation. A list of recent and past employers is located in the right column.
Graduate school: Some students have continued their education at Florida State University, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, New York University, University of Virginia, Savannah College of Art and Design, Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London.
A minor is required in non-profit management.
Engagement Outside the Classroom
Art History Club – An environment in which to discuss issues related to art history, and to prepare for careers in art history and related fields.
Arts Management Organization (AMO) – Seeks to promote professionalism and networking within the arts fields by increasing the awareness of the arts on Appalachian’s campus and in the community.
Student Art League – An organization bridging the gap among the Department of Art’s many disciplines.
The Peel Literature and Arts Review – The university’s student-run literary arts publication that is produced three times a year.
Appalachian Popular Programming Society (APPS) – a student organization that selects, plans, promotes and presents a diverse variety of popular entertainment programs.
Appalachian is committed to introducing students to different cultures and teaching them how to live and interact in a global society. In the Department of Art, faculty regularly take students on regional and national trips, as well as study abroad programs, to introduce them to the diverse world of art.
Internship sites in the past 10 years:
There are no admission requirements beyond admission to Appalachian State University.
- Strong job prospects after graduation.
- No portfolio required for entering freshmen.
- The BA degree allows the flexibility to add a second major or multiple minors to enhance career prospects.
- An internship is required. Host sites include: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, National Endowment for the Arts, Denver Art Museum, McColl Center for Visual Art and more.
- The Residential Learning Community called Art Haus is where students interested in being creative live together.
- The Department of Art offers high-quality facilities for all of its degrees.
- Paid work opportunities are available on campus at Smith Gallery, Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, and Plemmons Student Union’s Looking Glass Gallery.
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- Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
- Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC
- McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC
- National Endowment for the Arts, Washington DC
- Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, CO
- Penland School of Crafts, Bakersville, NC
- Reynolda House Museum of America Art, Winston Salem, NC
- South Eastern Center for Contemporary Art/SECCA, Winston Salem, NC
- High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA