The Bachelor of Innovation (BI) degree in Visual and Performing Arts - Museum Studies and Gallery Practice (MSGP) combines academic studies and professional training to prepare students for a variety of careers at museums, galleries, science centers, cultural centers, historical societies, etc. The degree is structured for students to not only gain a depth of understanding in museum studies and art history, but also a breadth of other arts disciplines, business, and entrepreneurship.
The major is composed of core courses in museum and gallery practice, art history, visual and performing arts (VAPA), and innovation and cross-disciplinary studies. You will learn about the different types of museums and organizations, develop the necessary skills for collections management and exhibition design, as well as examine the ways in which objects and cultures are represented. In addition, you will study the history of art and visual culture from prehistoric cave drawings to the latest theories in contemporary art and culture. The Innovation core will introduce you to entrepreneurship, grant and proposal writing, and invaluable team projects with regional organizations. The cross-discipline component includes business, creative communication, engineering technology, or globalization.
- 33 credit hours of VAPA department coursework, 24 of which must be upper-division (3000+ level). All VAPA department coursework must be completed with a grade of C or better.
- 24 credit hours of Innovation Core coursework.
- 15 credit hours of Cross-Discipline Core coursework.