Program type:


On Campus
Est. time to complete:

4 years
Credit Hours:

Turn your passion for art into a career.
The B.A. in Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies: Arts Management Track is designed for students wishing to pursue a career in galleries, museums, auction houses, cultural centers, community arts centers, or other similar organizations.

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Why Earn an Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies Arts Management Degree?

The Arts Management Track pairs courses in art, design, art business, and art history with a minor in either Management or Leadership of Community or Non-Profit Organizations. This array of classes provides students with a solid grounding in both the art and the management side of arts businesses and the cultural sector.

Within the college, you'll take classes in digital communications, art and business, and modern and contemporary art history courses. Outside of CVAD, you'll complete minor coursework in management or leadership of community or non-profit organizations emphasizing organizations and their management.

Marketable Skills
  • Oral and written communication
  • Design/media content creation
  • Teamwork
  • Multicultural/diversity competencies
  • Program Management

Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies Arts Management Degree Highlights

The College of Visual Arts and Design is one of the nation's most comprehensive visual arts schools and is considered one of the best in the Southwest.
The college brings numerous renowned artists, designers and scholars to campus each year to enrich your educational experience.
The Arts Management Track is specifically designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge needed to work within arts organizations, including galleries and museums.
A Living-Learning Community brings together art majors who live on campus to enhance academic and social experiences.
Our facilities include three computer labs, ample studios and workshops, study areas, and galleries offering exciting, avant-garde exhibitions.
Since internships in cultural institutions are often the gateway to careers in arts administration, Arts Management Track students are strongly encouraged to complete an internship or at least volunteer within an art gallery or cultural institution during their programs of study.

Career Outlook

This degree program provides you with the skills to pursue careers and advanced study in a variety of different fields. Many of our alumni work in design firms, galleries and arts organizations. Others have enrolled in graduate school to study art history, anthropology, marketing and other disciplines.

Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies Arts Management Degree Courses You Could Take

Art and Business (3 hrs)
Introduction to how art, business and economics intersect in a variety of settings, both for-profit (galleries, auction houses, artists’ studios) and non-profit (museums, municipalities, universities and arts organizations). Following an introduction to basic terms and concepts, topics include art markets, philanthropy, legal and management issues related to the visual arts, branding and marketing in the arts, and art business models.
Digital Tools and Technologies for Creative Practice (3 hrs)
Introductory course exposing students to the language and application of digital media and resources for art and design practice. Introduces students to digital art-making and communication for art environments, social media, interactive media, and 2D/3D digital fabrication technology through the use of digital tools, including Adobe Creative Cloud applications, iMovie, and open-source software.
Digital Communication for Art and Creative Entrepreneurship (3 hrs)
Investigation of the conceptual, technical and practical uses of digital tools for communication and promotion in the art and design fields. Students learn a diversity of techniques applied in art studio practice, social media practice, arts administration, design management, museology, and the creative economy at large using digital applications, computer programs and technology.
Understanding Art Museums (3 hrs)
Explores the history, organization, functions and collections of art museums. Assignments in Dallas/Fort Worth museums are required.
Theories of Contemporary Art (3 hrs)
Selected theoretical and critical issues in recent art.
Topics in Interdisciplinary Arts and Design Studies (3 hrs)
Special topics course for interdisciplinary art design studies majors. Advanced interdisciplinary study of art and design. Specific topics vary. Delivered as a seminar consisting of assigned readings, class discussion, research and projects.

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