MGES is a fully-accredited, professional terminal master’s degree focused on preparing you for life in the art business by building skills needed for success in the gallery and museum sectors. The program provides advanced level training in visual arts administration and management, designed for careers in art galleries, museums, auctions, art fairs, curatorship and collections management.
We offer a flexible, “hybrid” low-residency program. MGES consists of online courses you can complete from anywhere in the world, combined with a two-week summer practicum on Western’s beautiful campus and an arranged internship at an art gallery or museum of your choice.
You can progress through the program at a customized rate and intensity that fit your life and work commitments. If you enroll as a full-time student, you can complete the degree in just 15 months. If you choose to undertake the studies parttime, you can complete in two to four years.
MGES is offered at a competitive state-university tuition, with scholarships and financial aid available. International students may apply for visas.
MGES graduates will be able to:
- Integrate previous academic studies, experience and interests with the education and professional training of this degree program.
- Effectively support the demands of art and gallery management in both the artistic and the business dimensions of the field, in for- and nonprofit sectors.
- Be fully proficient as exhibits specialists for art and related exhibits, including a wide variety of contemporary, historic and antique art objects.
- Plan, develop and execute gallery and exhibit design and layout, synthesizing and implementing knowledge of aesthetic and design principles, theory, best practices, design tools, 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 B.A. or BFA degree is required before attending the first semester.
- Evidence of a program of study (major, minor or extensive course work – nine or more courses) must be demonstrated in one of the following or related disciplines:
- Studio Art
- Art History
- Nonprofit Leadership
- Culture Studies
- Gallery Management or Museum Studies
A holistic package balancing academic excellence with experience in arts leadership is encouraged. Admissions packages include:
- Transcripts showing a recommended 3.0 undergraduate GPA or above in relevant courses.
- A personal statement (800-1000 words) describing your 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 8-10 pages.
- Two letters of recommendation from professors or supervisors in related fields.
Accepting applications now!
International students should apply by April 1, 2019 in order to begin Visa applications.