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2016-2017 Course Catalog 
2016-2017 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Visual Arts Management, BA

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The BA in Visual Arts Management equips students with the knowledge and skills to pursue careers in exhibition development, gallery and museum management. Students learn how to manage and lead visual arts organizations with an emphasis on entrepreneurial thinking and leadership. The visual arts management major combines theory and practice by providing students with a hands-on gallery management experience.


The full-time and adjunct faculty of more than 100 renowned academics and creative professionals integrate current industry practices into the classroom. With over 700 business and entrepreneurship students and a global network of alumni, the program has a major influence in the field of arts, entertainment, and media management worldwide.


Successful Visual Arts Management graduates should be able to:

  • Manage creative organizations and professionals in the business of visual arts.
  • Combine critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills to the entrepreneurial development of visual arts.
  • Analyze trends, opportunities, and challenges in visual arts industries to compete successfully in a rapidly changing global business environment.
  • Apply fundamental project management principles to curatorial, exhibition, and gallery management challenges.
  • Articulate potential management-related career paths in the visual arts field and identify the skills, knowledge and experience necessary for success. 


A grade of “C” or better is required in all major coursework.


For students who have earned a Bachelors degree previously, Columbia offers a Second Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts Management.

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