Students in the most established undergraduate program focusing on Art Management within the University of North Carolina system, pursue the BA degree in Art and Visual Culture with a concentration in Art Management to acquire an understanding of art, commerce, and visual culture in a range of historical and contemporary contexts.
The Art Management curriculum in tandem with the required minor in Non-profit management builds upon core competencies 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 interdisciplinary coursework, foreign language study, rigorous internships, and active involvement in the arts on campus and within the community, students in our program begin their careers as effective arts professionals.
Students pursuing this degree play a vital role on campus by working in the arts and through participating in student run organizations and clubs. Appalachian provides multiple opportunities for students to get paid employment on campus including working as gallery ambassadors at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, gallery assistants at Smith Gallery, curatorial and preparator positions at the Looking Glass Gallery, and as collections managers for the Plemmons Student Union. Students develop leadership skills through involvement with The PEEL Literature and Arts Review, Appalachian Popular Programming Society (APPS), and Art Management Organization (AMO). AMO is involved in selecting student and faculty artwork that is shown in the Chancellor's house biannually.
In addition, all art management students build professional connections by completing internships outside of Boone as their capstone experience. Students have learned from arts professionals through internships at nationally-and internationally-recognized art organizations and museums. These internships have launched the careers of many graduates.
Graduates of this degree program are prepared to contribute to the creative and cultural organizations within the region and the nation.