The MA in Gallery Management and Exhibits Specialization (MGES) is a professional terminal degree specifically focused on the content understanding, methods, and skills necessary for professions in arts management; art gallery, art museum, and art collections management, directorship, and sales; and exhibits specialization (design, preparatorship, installation, curatorial practices). The program emphasizes the development of practical, managerial, and entrepreneurial approaches to increasingly complex demands in the professional sector of exhibiting, collecting, and selling art objects. The MGES 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.
- Improving student understanding in the demanding professional world of gallery management and exhibits specialization, including practical, managerial and entrepreneurial solutions.
- Developing students’ capacity for inter-disciplinary critical thinking, innovation, and collaborative problem-solving with diverse stake-holders in the gallery management and exhibits specialization sector.
- Enhancing career opportunities in arts related disciplines.
Students 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, CAD design tools, 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
Criteria for Full Admission: a holistic package balancing academic excellence with experience in arts leadership encouraged. Admissions packages will include: Official transcript of conferred bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university showing recommended 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher 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; and three recommendation letters from professors or supervisors in related fields.
Criteria for Provisional Admission: An applicant who does not meet the requirements for full admission to the MGES program may be provisionally accepted or may be required to submit additional materials in order to be considered for provisional admission upon the recommendation of the program director and approval by the Dean of Graduate Studies. A provisionally admitted student will have a maximum of one calendar year to complete any pre-requisite academic coursework. The program director or Dean of Graduate Studies may set additional timeline requirements.
International Students: see Graduate Academic Catalog section, Criteria for International Admission.
A minimum of 30 credits is required for completion of the MGES degree. A final program portfolio of completed course and capstone projects is also required.
All students must complete the following courses and residencies:
|Two Weeks Prior to Fall Semester Start Date|
|MGES 600||Orientation and Practicum||3|
|MGES 601||Gallery Principles I||3|
|MGES 612||Business Principles I||3|
|MGES 621||Curatorship Principles I||3|
|MGES 631||Curating the Past||3|
|MGES 602||Gallery Principles II||3|
|MGES 613||Business Principles II||3|
|MGES 622||Curatorship Principles II||3|
|Spring or Summer or second Fall Semester|
|MGES 699||Program Internship||3|
|MGES 691||Capstone Project||3|
|Students may optionally undertake the following residency for professional development:|
|MGES 698||Independent Study||0|