Academics

Visual Arts Administration

Do you have a passion and appreciation for the visual arts and an interest in the business aspects as well? Do you see yourself organizing and managing art events? Or, would you like to learn how to run your own business as a studio artist?

Concordia University Chicago's Visual Arts Administration degree develops an exciting range of skills to create a well-equipped individual who will excel in culturally rich art environments and organizations such as museums, art galleries, art agencies, educational institutions, commercial arts and public art. The administrative aspect will help you build relevant management and leadership skills to serve both not-for-profit and for-profit sectors.

Program Overview

Our program is intended for those wishing to pursue a professional path in a museum, gallery, arts education facility or not-for-profit organization. You will build relevant management and leadership skills to handle essential areas such as marketing, fundraising, operations and financial management.

Concordia’s Visual Arts Administration program ensures you understand visual arts from a studio perspective as well as the development of management, marketing and financial skills.

General Course Information

Our courses will give you foundational skills in art, art history, marketing, accounting, ethics, law and more. You will have many advanced electives to choose from to complement your degree.

In order to gain real-world experience through the course of study, you will be required to complete a Visual Arts Administration internship. You will work with our faculty to find an internship that best suits your skills and interests.

You have the option of earning a bachelor of arts degree or a bachelor of science degree in Visual Arts Administration. With the bachelor of arts degree, you will take more core classes in art, as well as business courses. The bachelor of science degree includes more business core courses in addition to art courses. To gain real-world experience, you will be required to complete an internship in visual arts administration

For more information, visit the online catalog related to required courses.

Opportunities

The city of Chicago is an extension of our classroom as art students visit the many world-class art museums, galleries and public art such as: Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, National Museum of Mexican Arts and the DuSable Museum. Few cities in the world can boast as many large, mid-size and small organizations as Chicago and its surrounding suburbs. Our location and unique arts and business relationships with many of these groups offer hands-on practical intern experiences that are exclusive to our students.

The culturally rich communities of Oak Park and River Forest, home to CUC’s campus, boast several art venues you can walk to, including the Historical Society, Harrison Street art district, Frank Lloyd Wright studios and the Ernest Hemingway Foundation. 

You will also have the opportunity to build a dynamic art portfolio and artist statement—and to exhibit your work at our Ferguson Art Gallery. All senior students select a few art pieces to display in the annual Senior Exhibit in Ferguson Gallery. The gallery also hosts professional exhibits of living artists who offer lectures for the campus and community to learn more about their inspiration. 

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Career Possibilities

Art Buyer

Gallery Owner

Curator

Art Historian

Community Center Administrator

Art Librarian

Educational Director

Archivist

Donor Relations Coordinator

Museum Program Director