Scholarship and the Real World
The University of San Francisco offers a unique undergraduate Art History/Arts Management major, which, unlike traditional programs, gives students the knowledge, skills, and life experience they will need to become successful professionals in the art world. Our goal is for students to gain solid grounding in the history of art and also learn the theoretical and practical skills necessary for work in an art museum, commercial gallery, or non-profit arts organization. In addition to courses in art history, museum studies, design, and professional practice, the program offers three required internships: at a fine arts museum, a commercial gallery, and a non-profit arts organization. Students learn real-world arts management skills such as resume writing, interviewing; curating, exhibition design, preservation; educational program development and delivery; working with artists, patrons, clients, and communities. All majors learn how to engage their arts management skills to address compelling civic concerns.
USF’s proximity to the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park offers exciting opportunities for study, as well as internship opportunities in education, public programming, and development, among other areas. Other venues where students intern regularly include: the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Cartoon Art Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Craft + Design, Christie’sand Sotheby’s Auction Houses, Catharine Clark Gallery, Frey Norris Gallery, Leap (Bringing Art & Architecture to Bay Area Schools), the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, Root Division, and the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery. Many who complete this degree find employment after graduation in regional and national arts organizations or continue their studies in graduate programs in Art History, Arts Management, Museum Studies, and Education.