Appalachian State University offers the only undergraduate program focusing on Art Management within the University of North Carolina system. The Bachelor of Arts degree in Art and Visual Culture with a concentration in Art Management incorporates studies in studio art, art history, and art management with a required minor in non-profit management. Students acquire an understanding of art, art commerce, and visual culture in a range of historical and contemporary contexts. The curriculum builds upon core competencies within interdisciplinary coursework to develop critical thinking skills, leadership abilities, and business acumen necessary for students to become effective advocates for the arts. Students prepare for a range of careers in museums, galleries, arts organizations and cultural institutions as well as future studies in graduate and professional programs. Through the required coursework, rigorous internships, and active involvement in the arts on campus and within the community students learn to function as arts professionals.
Students pursuing this degree play a vital role on campus by working for and collaborating with cultural organizations including: The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Smith Gallery, Looking Glass Gallery, Appalachian Popular Programming Society, Office of Arts and Cultural Programs, the Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition and the Arts Management Organization.
As part of this academic program, Art Management students satisfactorily complete internships as a capstone experience. Students have completed internships at nationally-and internationally-recognized art organizations and museums such as:
Graduates of this degree program are prepared to contribute to the creative and cultural organizations within the region and the nation.