We create, facilitate and evaluate art in society


Art Management involves studies in exhibition theory and production, with explorations into public history, entrepreneurship, communications and management. Courses include researching and studying exhibition processes and practices in the classroom as well as through hands-on learning opportunities at local art museums and galleries such as the Turchin Center for Visual Art, Blowing Rock Art and History Museum and Smith Gallery. Students seeking this degree take courses in multiple disciplines on campus and complete a learning experience in New York City.

Students gain first hand knowledge working as an intern at museums, performance venues, art centers, artist residencies, government cultural arts departments, arts councils, performing arts organizations, media organizations, and community arts organizations. The internship program (insert link to internship page) sends students beyond Boone into art and cultural institutions throughout North Carolina and across the US and internationally including locations such as Maryland, Oregon, New York, Washington, Florida, Texas, Colorado, South Carolina, California, Illinois, New Mexico, Alaska, Pennsylvania, Morocco, and the UK.


Students must complete 15 credits of introductory courses, which involve art making. These courses allow students to explore their creative side, figure out what kinds of materials and processes are interesting to them, understand and work with the elements of art. Students make connections, work with, and learn from other artists.

Our three Foundations courses lay the groundwork for studio courses in specific media areas (metals, fibers, sculpture, printmaking, clay, photography, and painting + drawing), as well as interdisciplinary studio courses. The required Seminar in Art and Visual Culture is broad-based inquiry into the history, theory and practice of visual culture and its relationship to disciplines outside the visual arts.


Students study art of particular time period and specific areas including Oceanic, African, Egyptian, Asian and American and giving them a theoretical foundation taught from a global perspective. The art history courses are paired with courses on museum exploration, which examine the role of museums in the art world.


Students develop foreign language skills to be able to communicate with people from different cultures. Languages offered at Appalachian State include Arabic, French, German, Russian, Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese and Spanish. Students may complete language requirements on campus or in study abroad experiences.


Students in Art Management complete a required Non-Profit Management minor which involves communication, marketing, management, psychology, accounting, global studies and interdisciplinary studies. This program also has an experiential learning component which is either a nonprofit internship or an independent research opportunity. Courses include principles of fundraising, accounting, social media strategies, communications and organizations, principles of marketing, cooperative economics, 9 credit hours must be taken through ASU.


Art Management students are encouraged to be involved in the arts on campus and in the community. Students are in leadership positions and member of Looking Glass Gallery, Plemmons Students Union Art Collection, Appalachian Popular Programming Society (APPS), Art Management Organization (AMO), and The PEEL, Appalachian’s Literature and Arts Review.

Course Descriptions

For a complete list of courses that fulfill this degree’s requirements, see the Program of Study in the University Bulletin.