Online Bachelor of Arts in Art - Museum Studies

The online bachelor’s degree in museum studies prepares you to work in museums and cultural institutions around the world. You’ll gain an in-depth understanding of the design, organization and management of museums. This knowledge can help you on your path to becoming a curator, archivist, educator and more.

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Quick facts

Next start date: 05/18/2020


Total classes: 40

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 120

Details

The museum studies bachelor’s degree at Arizona State University is the first of its kind offered 100% online in the U.S. Regardless of your location, you’ll have access to the undergraduate program’s rigorous curriculum. It features coursework on the study of art and all facets of museums, from business and cultural tourism to fundraising and marketing. You’ll take courses developed and taught by recognized professionals in museum studies. You’ll explore art galleries, preservation societies, public art programs and more from global, historical and cultural contexts.

Through coursework and internships, you’ll become knowledgeable in art history, museum practice and visual thinking. You’ll gain the experience and skills needed to pursue careers in local, national and international museums. These skills can give you a competitive advantage when seeking employment with your museum studies degree.

The most sought-after skills for museum professionals

  • Creative and critical thinking.
  • Ethical decision-making and reasoning.
  • Language and visual literacy.
  • Problem solving and quantitative reasoning.
  • Reading ability in at least one foreign language.
  • Written and verbal communication skills.

What are museum studies?

 

Museum studies focus on the global, historical and theoretical aspects of museums and cultural institutions. The field spans the design, organization and management of national and international museums.

The museum studies degree combines the academic study of art history with the broad scope of museum practice. Through practical learning experiences, you’ll study the basic functions of museum operations. These include administration, acquisition and conservation of artifacts. You’ll also learn about the important role museums and cultural institutions play in educating the public and raising cultural heritage awareness on local, national and international levels.

Museum studies classes

You’ll take a range of art history and museum studies courses in the undergraduate program. Course topics include art from different periods of time and from all over the world. You’ll also have the opportunity to explore electives that pique your interests. These courses might include Art and Money, Anime, Art of the Comic, The Body and 19th Century Art, (Mis)Representing Justice: Art, Law and Censorship, and more.


ARS 102: Art from Renaissance to Modernism (HU & H)


ARS 101: Art from Prehistory Through Middle Ages (HU & H)


ARS 202: Art of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas (HU & H & G)


ARS 201: Art of Asia (HU & H & G)


ARS 480: Research Methods (L)


ARS 498: Pro-Seminar (L)


Related careers

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree in museum studies are well suited for a range of roles in museums, art galleries, archives, historical societies, art-based organizations and cultural institutions. You can typically pursue entry-level assistant positions for curators, archivists, public relations specialists and more with an undergraduate museum studies degree. However, you might need more education, experience and training to land professional positions in museums and related organizations.  

A master’s degree in museum studies prepares students for professional roles in museums. These higher-level roles may include curators, registrars, public relations specialists, educators and many other positions. For instance, a master’s degree in library science is necessary for a position as an art librarian. A Master of Business Administration may be necessary for museum administration. Also, a doctoral degree is often necessary for curatorial positions. We encourage you to look into the different educational requirements for museum careers you might want to pursue in the future.

Archivist


Growth: 14.3 %
Salary: $51,760

Art Professor


Growth: 12 %
Salary: $66,930

Museum Curator


Growth: 14 %
Salary: $53,770

Museum Exhibit Designer


Growth: 12.4 %
Salary: $40,670

Talent Agent


Growth: 4.7 %
Salary: $64,940

Your bachelor’s degree from inspiring art and design faculty

ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is home to world-class scholars, artists and designers who inspire students to shape the future. Our faculty’s research is grounded in the transformative power of art and its ability to change the world. Faculty research areas include:

  • Arts and design for social justice.
  • Arts, education and arts-integrated education.
  • Arts, entrepreneurship and cultural policy.
  • Community engagement and public policy.
  • Creative health collaborations.
  • Design, arts, science and engineering.
  • The study of creative work.

Your bachelor’s degree from inspiring art and design faculty

ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is home to world-class scholars, artists and designers who inspire students to shape the future. Our faculty’s research is grounded in the transformative power of art and its ability to change the world. Faculty research areas include:

  • Arts and design for social justice.
  • Arts, education and arts-integrated education.
  • Arts, entrepreneurship and cultural policy.
  • Community engagement and public policy.
  • Creative health collaborations.
  • Design, arts, science and engineering.
  • The study of creative work.

Admission requirements

I am a future
You are considered a freshman for application purposes if you have not attended college at all, or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours (with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA).

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still earn your way into this program through the Earned Admission Pathway. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still earn your way into this program through the Earned Admission Pathway. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

Learn museum studies from one of the largest design and arts schools in the country

ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts has a tradition of top-ranked undergraduate and graduate programs from a combination of disciplines. These range from the arts, media and engineering to film, dance and theatre. The institute trains artists and designers to leverage their creativity and problem solving to advance culture, build community and transform society.

5,300+


students.

400


internationally recognized faculty members.

125


programs in arts, media and engineering, design, film, dance and theatre, and music.

Top 20


among fine arts schools in the nation, ahead of Cornell University, Parsons School of Design and the University of California.

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