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Are you interested in art history and the inner workings of museums? When studying museum studies with the School of Art, Art History and Museum Studies, you will be in one of the largest units in the school --- a dynamic center for the investigation of the history of art and museum practice.

The BA in art with a concentration in museum studies at ASU is one of the most rigorous programs in the U.S.

Through coursework and internships, students of museum studies explore art and museums, historical societies, archives, art galleries, public art programs, arts publishing and arts agencies. The program ensures that students are knowledgeable in art history and visual thinking as well as in museum practice. Upon completion, students possess critical-writing skills and foreign language ability (students must demonstrate an ability to read at least one foreign language).

The curriculum includes art history courses taught by faculty members of diverse specialties. Museum professionals and arts administrators teach specialized classes in their areas of expertise. Internships enable students to work directly with working arts professionals in their field of interest. In addition to art history and museum studies courses, students also pursue a range of other courses, which can include in business, marketing, fundraising, international tourism and nonprofit management.

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Art (Museum Studies), BA

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Admission requirements

Students meeting the university requirements for admission may matriculate in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. Separate admission procedures and approvals are required for some programs within the college. Students must contact specific departments or schools for details.

Freshmen students applying to the Herberger Institute School of Art enter ASU as art exploratory majors in the School of Art. There is no portfolio review process at the time of admission to ASU for freshmen.

Typically students in their second year interested in studio art and art education submit a portfolio for review once they have completed their core requirements and are completing the last of the 12 hours of 200-level art requirements, or if they are interested in art history or museum studies they submit a declaration form in the semester in which they complete 30 hours.

Career outlook

Graduates with a bachelor's degree in museum studies find employment opportunities in museums (generally entry-level), art galleries, archives, historical societies, art-based organizations and agencies and with art publishers and publications.

A graduate degree is necessary for many professional positions. An MA in art history or museum studies prepares individuals to teach at the community college level, to practice and publish as an art critic or writer, to enhance one's own practice as an artist or to gain entry into museums, archives, historical societies, auction houses, publishing companies and academic presses, as well as to art libraries. The PhD is necessary for responsible administrative posts in museums and higher education and for employment as a university or college faculty member.

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:


Career*growth*median salary
Archivists 14.3%$51,760
Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary 12%$66,930
Curators 14%$53,770
Museum Technicians and Conservators 12.4%$40,670
Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes4.7%$64,940

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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