Art (Museum Studies) (BA)
Accelerated Program

The BA program in art with a concentration in museum studies undergraduate program at ASU is one of the most rigorous in the U.S.

Museum studies students explore:

  • art galleries
  • art history
  • art museums
  • public art programs
  • visual arts organizations

The program ensures that students are knowledgeable in:

  • art history
  • critical writing skills
  • foreign languages
  • museums, galleries and visual arts organizations

The curriculum includes art history courses taught by faculty with diverse specialties. Museum professionals and arts administrators teach specialized classes in their areas of expertise. Internships enable students to work directly with working arts professionals in their field of interest.

Students must take courses in:

  • art history
  • galleries and museums
  • research
  • small business

Coursework may also include classes in nonprofit management and arts policy.

Students must also demonstrate an ability to read at least one foreign language.

Degree Offered

Art (Museum Studies) (BA)
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Application Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

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Information about this program

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Career Outlook

Museum studies graduates find employment in art galleries, art-based organizations and entry-level positions with art publications and museums. A graduate degree is necessary for professional positions. An MA prepares individuals to teach at community colleges and to gain entry into positions at museums, auction houses and publishing companies. The PhD is necessary for employment as a faculty member at a university or for administrative posts in museums and higher education.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Archivists 14.3%$51,760
Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary 12%$66,930
Craft Artists4.3%$34,940
Curators 14%$53,770
Museum Technicians and Conservators 12.4%$40,670
Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes4.7%$64,940

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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