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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Arts Entrepreneurship and Curatorial Studies, Minor

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About the Minor

Open to all majors. The minor in Arts Entrepreneurship and Curatorial Studies offers students hands-on, practical, field experience to propel them toward careers as professional artists, curators, designers, illustrators, researchers, leaders of non-profit and community arts organizations, or creative entrepreneurs.

Apprenticeships give students a competitive edge in the art world because they offer hands-on, real-world work experience and project-based learning. Through apprenticeships, students utilize the information they learned in such courses as Seminar: Make an Exhibition, Exploring Art in Philadelphia, Exploring Entrepreneurship in the Arts, Contemporary Curatorial Practices, Art History, and The Artist and the Exhibition: Gallery Practicum. Students can apprentice with artists, art historians, curators, galleries, museums, non-profits, art collectives, community organizations, art publications, and more.

This minor explores the current hybrid nature of arts-related careers (e.g. careers as curators, artists, entrepreneurs, administrators, etc.) and supports the values and realities behind the impulse to address the professional synthesis of arts administration, exhibition making, scholarship, production and marketing.

Advisers: Jill Pederson and Abbey Ryan


(23 Credits)

Students who want to minor in Arts Entrepreneurship and Curatorial Studies should consult with the Department Chair. B.F.A. and B.A. Art & Design majors can only double count two courses when completing this minor. The remainder of the requirements for the minor must be completed in addition to the requirements for the B.A. or B.F.A. degrees in Studio Art, Art History, Scientific Illustration and Art Therapy.

One of the following Art History courses (4 credits)

One of the following Studio Art courses (3 credits)

Apprenticeship (4 Credits)

Through careful faculty advising of students, apprenticeships are always tailored to individual interests. Students can do one 4 credit or two 2 credit apprenticeships :FA 378 : Entrepreneurship/Gallery Apprenticeship and/or AH 378 : Art History/Curatorial Apprenticeship. It is the student’s responsibility to seek out advice from the AECS advisor and to help arrange for apprenticeships and faculty support. Note: Only the 4 credit versions of AH 378  and FA 378  have a VL designation.


Permission of the major adviser and applicable apprenticeship coordinator are required, and course work for the particular field of study must be completed prior to signing up for apprenticeships.. Example 1: a student signing up for  an apprenticeship with a curator should first complete AH 323  Contemporary Curatorial Practices. Example 2: a student signing up for an apprenticeship with a studio artist should first complete US 280  Exploring Entrepreneurship in the Arts. Prerequisites for each type of apprenticeship are listed below in parentheses.

FA 378  Entrepreneurship/Gallery Apprenticeship (2 or 4 credits) Prerequisites

  • Apprenticeship with a studio artist, designer, illustrator, or similar: US 280   Exploring Entrepreneurship in the Arts or US 284  Arts & Culture Leadership and Management
  • Apprenticeship with a gallery, museum, or similar: FA 229   The Artist and the Exhibition: Gallery Practicum or AH 327  Seminar: Make an Exhibition

AH 378  Art History/Curatorial Apprenticeship (2 or 4 credits) Prerequisites

  • Apprenticeship with a curator, conservator, or similar: AH 323   Contemporary Curatorial Practices)
  • Apprenticeship with an art historian or similar: AH 111   Western Art: Renaissance to Modern Art or AH 112  Western Art: Prehistory to Medieval)

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