The M.A. in Gallery Management and Exhibits Specialization offers a “hybrid” low-residency learning environment of online courses, combined with residencies in both the program practicum on the Western campus and an arranged internship at an art gallery or museum. In addition to the summer on-campus practicum, the program also offers study and professional development sessions in New York and Paris, where students can experience the international art market up close. The structure emphasizes flexibility in order to provide a tailored education to students who have aspirations to careers in the art world and would prefer to remain resident where they currently live and work while they pursue their graduate degree. For International students, visas to study as a resident student at our campus can be arranged.
Accepting applications now. International Students should apply by April 1, 2018 in order to begin Visa applications.
- Cultivating an understanding of the demanding professional world of gallery management and especially the unique set of skills necessary to stage successful exhibitions, including practical, intellectual, managerial, and entrepreneurial solutions to challenges faced.
- Developing students’ capacity for inter-disciplinary critical thinking, innovation, and collaborative problem-solving with diverse stake-holders in the high-pressure atmosphere of staging exhibitions at art venues.
- Enhancing career opportunities for our graduates through a rigorous academic curriculum complemented with hands-on professional experiences that can prepare someone for careers in galleries, museums, auction houses, and art fairs.
Graduates of the MGES program will be able to:
- Integrate previous related academic studies, experience, and interests with the education and professional training of this degree program.
- Effectively support the realistic demands of arts/gallery management, in both the artistic and the business dimensions of the field, in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors.
- Be fully proficient as exhibits specialists for art and related exhibits, including a wide variety of contemporary, historic, and antique art objects, in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors.
- Plan, develop and execute gallery and exhibit design and layout, synthesizing and implementing knowledge of aesthetic and design principles, theory and best practices, design tools and technology, and relevant federal and state laws and regulations.
- Continue to develop knowledge and experience in areas of interest beyond graduation, implementing the program readings, tools, and educational materials.
- A BA or BFA degree required before attending first semester in MGES Program.
- Evidence of a program of studies (major or minor, or extensive course work – 9 or more courses) must be demonstrated in one of the following or related disciplines:
- Studio Art
- Art History
- Non-Profit Leadership
- Culture Studies
- Gallery Management or Museum Studies
A holistic package balancing academic excellence with experience in arts leadership is encouraged. Admissions packages will include:
- Transcripts showing a recommended 3.0 undergraduate GPA or above in relevant courses.
- An eight hundred-to-one thousand word personal statement describing the applicant’s experience and career interests in the art, gallery, museum, and/or cultural heritage sector, and commitment to the arts or cultural heritage.
- A writing sample of eight-ten pages.
- Two letters of recommendation from professors or supervisors in related fields.
This program is Colorado Commission of Higher Education and HLC approved.