Arts Management

Arts management students are presented with opportunities that sharpen their artistic skill and deepen their understanding of art, theatre or music, while also developing a working understanding of business.


Run the Show

The arts management program is an is an interdisciplinary format that includes art and design along with business and communication courses. From day one, arts management students are immersed in the program and are a part of the leadership and day-to-day operations of the BVU Art Gallery. Many exhibition opportunities exist on and off campus for students, including two large gallery spaces housed in the University’s art department. The program prepares graduates for positions within galleries, museums, and other arts-related organizations.

Students who graduate with this major can pursue careers as a:

  • Curator
  • Exhibition designer/coordinator
  • Education coordinator
  • Gallery owner
  • Museum director
  • Program/event coordinator
  • Registrar



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Job Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, museum curators earned a median wage of $46,710 in 2015. Job growth is expected to be 7 percent between 2014-2024.

Get Creative

Many arts management majors are members of BVU’s student-run Art Club, where they often host art shows that feature their own works.


Arts management students at BVU have 24-hour access to state-of-the-art studio spaces with top-notch equipment, tools, and technology.


  • Guthrie Theatre
  • Iowa Theatre Artists Company
  • Bemis Center for Contemporary Art
  • Sioux City Art Center
  • Des Moines Art Center


  • Playwright Horizons Theatre, general management associate
  • Dahl Arts Center, facility use coordinator
  • Carnival Cruises, art auctioneer
  • Back-Alley Glass, owner/operator
  • Fiber Arts, business owner

Graduate School

  • New York University
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • Minneapolis College of Art and Design
  • Washington State University
  • Wichita State University
Major in Arts Management - Music (62-68 Credit Hours)
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Major in Arts Management - Theatre (58-76.5 Credit Hours)
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Major in Arts Management - Visual Art (63 Credit Hours)
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Mr. David Boelter
Professor of Art
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Mary Mello-Nee
Ms. Mary Mello-Nee
Professor of Art
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