Arts Administration Major

Art & Design majors study at George Fox, a top Christian college

Students with a passion for developing, managing and directing creative organizations have a place in arts administration. The arts administration major offers a grounding in the visual arts along with the historic, curatorial and business administration skills needed to pursue a career in the leadership and management of arts-related organizations.

Through work with George Fox’s galleries and existing art collection as well as partnerships with regional nonprofits and arts institutions, students will be able to look behind the scenes at what it takes to run an arts organization, facilitate community arts events and curate an exhibition.

An Interdisciplinary Course of Study

The arts administration major is one of the most interdisciplinary majors offered in the Department of Art and Design, drawing on communication, history and business education. Students interested in history, facilitation and in becoming advocates for the arts will find themselves at home here.

Preparation for a Career or Graduate School

Whether you’re an artist or leader who wants to guide the work of others, or a business-minded historian with a desire to help artists succeed, this program will establish the foundations needed to pursue a career or graduate work in arts administration.

Request more information about the arts administration major at George Fox University or schedule a visit to begin your education at Oregon's Christian university, ranked as one of the top Christian colleges in the nation by Forbes.

Jobs, Internships and Graduate School

Arts Administration majors at George Fox study at one of the West Coast's top Christian colleges

The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts that the job market for archivists, curators and museum workers is expected to grow 13 percent between 2016 and 2026. In an increasingly visual world, people trained in the curation, interpretation and care for images who can also facilitate art making and engagement with arts are in high demand.

  • Manager of a creative institution
  • Gallery director
  • Gallery assistant
  • Curator
  • Art instructor
  • Community outreach director
  • Exhibition developer
  • Archivist
  • Workshop leader
  • Arts interpreter
  • Arts administrator
  • Exhibition director
  • Program manager
  • Fine art specialist
  • Gallerist
  • Curatorial assistant
  • Arts instructor
  • Art handler
  • Gallery installer
  • Art manager
  • Collections manager
  • Art event coordinator
  • Livengood & Nowack
  • The Pivot Group
  • Bank of America
  • Nike
  • Norm Thompson Outfitters
  • Lawrence Galleries
  • Code Monkeys, Web & Game Design
  • Hillsboro Hops
  • Hannah Anderson
  • Asterix Creative
  • Nordstrom
  • Anthropologie
  • Contemporary Craft Museum
  • Chehalem Cultural Center
  • Iridio, Photographic Services
  • Climax Industries
  • Mural Project: A community mural project that included community engagement, city council presentation and production
  • Glass Project: A public works project producing glass installation for new buildings on campus
  • Tiny Home Village: Working in coordination with North Valley Friends Church to create plans and a vision for a tiny home village that offers low-income housing
  • Community Art & Design Workshop: Teaching high school students art and design
  • George App: Conceive, develop and present an app to serve students at George Fox by replacing clunky existing web systems on campus.

Student Experiences

Ameena Bossier ('15)

“Art graduates offer the world a different perspective and a way of thinking outside of the box to solve problems. Personally, I see my art as a way that God and I spend time together. It opens up an avenue of conversation to share my faith when talking to people about the work I’ve done. Maybe that’s how we make a difference, because we know our creativity comes from God, the ultimate creator.”

- Ameena Bossier ('15)
Account Executive, VTM Group, Graduate Student of John Hopkins University, Museum Studies Program

Annelise Koeth ('15)

“I was amazed by my professors – effective teachers but also excellent professionals whose shared real-world experiences made the course work more relevant. Another one of my favorite parts about my education was the connections I made across disciplines. I found a way to reconcile my love for art with the advantages of business, mingled with history and bits of other disciplines.”

- Annelise Koeth ('15)
Administrative Assistant, Art Impressions Gallery

Points of Distinction

  • Learn from accomplished faculty with more than 300 years of combined professional experience
  • Experience a diversity of emphases, approaches and media
  • Experience a family-inspired focus on authentic and committed community
  • All faculty are practicing professional artists and designers

Why George Fox?

Christ-centered community

Our faith influences everything we do here, from the way our professors teach to the way we relate to one another and serve in the community.

Global opportunities

More than half of George Fox undergraduate students study abroad, ranking George Fox among the nation's leaders in study abroad participation (U.S. News & World Report).

Small classes

Our 14-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio means you'll get to know your professors on a personal level.

National recognition

George Fox has been ranked among the nation’s top colleges by publications like Forbes, U.S. News and World Report and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.