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.


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Major Requirements

Complete the following:

Art majors given preference. This course is a study of materials, methods, and techniques used for drawing with pencil, ink, charcoal, and other drawing media. Additional course fee is required.
A survey of the elements and concepts of art theory and practice as reflected in culturally and historically significant painting, sculpture, architecture, and other art forms, from 1450 to the present. Additional course fee is required.
A study of the relationship between art and Christianity in the contemporary world. Designed primarily for studio art majors. Prerequisite: either ARTS 382 Twentieth Century Art or ARTS 384 Contemporary Art Forms. Additional course fee required.

Choose one of the following:

An introduction to materials, techniques, and theory related to two-dimensional design. Additional course fee is required.
This course focuses on three-dimensional design. Hands-on projects are the primary learning mode. Additional course fee is required.

Complete the following:

This seminar course will meet weekly to focus on theory, concepts and methodology of art historical study and their application by engaging students in discourse surrounding lectures of visiting professional artists. Investigations of film and writing will be a secondary approach to this course. Must be taken minimum 5 out of 8 semesters in students’ program. Satisfies: core major requirement. Additional course fee required.
This seminar course will meet weekly to focus on theory, concepts and methodology of art historical study and their application by engaging students in discourse surrounding lectures of visiting professional artists. Investigations of film and writing will be a secondary approach to this course. Must be taken minimum 5 out of 8 semesters in students’ program. Satisfies: core major requirement. Additional course fee required.
This seminar course will meet weekly to focus on theory, concepts and methodology of art historical study and their application by engaging students in discourse surrounding lectures of visiting professional artists. Investigations of film and writing will be a secondary approach to this course. Must be taken minimum 5 out of 8 semesters in students’ program. Satisfies: core major requirement. Additional course fee required.
This seminar course will meet weekly to focus on theory, concepts and methodology of art historical study and their application by engaging students in discourse surrounding lectures of visiting professional artists. Investigations of film and writing will be a secondary approach to this course. Must be taken minimum 5 out of 8 semesters in students’ program. Satisfies: core major requirement. Additional course fee required.
This seminar course will meet weekly to focus on theory, concepts and methodology of art historical study and their application by engaging students in discourse surrounding lectures of visiting professional artists. Investigations of film and writing will be a secondary approach to this course. Must be taken minimum 5 out of 8 semesters in students’ program. Satisfies: core major requirement. Additional course fee required.

Complete the following:

A survey of the elements and concepts of art theory and practice as reflected in culturally and historically significant painting, sculpture, architecture, and other art forms, from prehistoric times to 1450. Additional course fee is required.
This course will introduce students to the practical skills required for the successful management of arts organizations. Areas covered will include budgeting, marketing/publicity, fundraising, and issues associated with the founding of a non-profit organization.
This course brings sophomore or junior level students into an internship experience with George Fox University exhibition and collection resources. Students will complete work in the academic semester related to museum studies, exhibition design and management and collection registration and care. Prerequisite: junior status or instructor approval.
Focusing on a variety of curatorial problems and strategies, this seminar addresses the range of methods that encompass the practice of curating and the conceptual perspectives that have shaped Collection and acquisitions of art objects. Arts Administration II emphasizes museum contexts, but also includes a review of alternative spaces, commercial galleries, and auction houses. Topics include the changing role of the museum, exhibition planning, crisis management, audience development, collections management, and strategic planning.
An in-depth study of a specific era or group found within Western art, such as studies in the Baroque and Rococo, Renaissance, or Women in Art. Specific topics will be dependent on the instructor's area of specialization. Additional course fee is required.
An in-depth study of a specific era or group found within Western art, such as studies in the Baroque and Rococo, Renaissance, or Women in Art. Specific topics will be dependent on the instructor's area of specialization. Additional course fee is required.
Art and its relationship to Western culture of the 20th century. Additional course fee is required.
This course examines and participates in the forms and methods of art in the 21st Century. Emphasis is placed upon investigating post-modern art theory while looking at current artists of note. The genres of video, installation, conceptual, digital and performance art are explored. In addition, students create their own work of digital media and conceptual art in the progression of the class. Additional course fee required.

Note: Topics required for ARTS 355

  • Women in Art History
  • any non-Western
Complete 9 hours of ARTS 2XX Studio Elective coursework.

Choose three of the following:

This course is designed to prepare students to think critically about their relationship with money, develop their own personal financial philosophy and implement practical application of personal financial management. Topics include relationship with money, biblical financial foundations, budgets, loans, spending, housing, insurance, investments and taxes. Prerequisite: Non-business majors only.
A course designed to introduce and develop a clear concept of public relations as a communication profession. Topics to be covered include the function of public relations in both public and private enterprises; the process of planning and implementing a public relations communication campaign; techniques for communicating with various publics; and the laws and ethics governing the practice of public relations. (Identical to JOUR 240/COMM 240)
An examination of organizations from a communication vantage point. Combines study of theoretical perspectives with skill development. Students will build organizational communication competencies through understanding the nature of communication in the organizational context and by practicing effective communication skills. Possible topics include communication networks and climates, superior-subordinate relationships, computer-mediated communication, organizational identification, communication audits, group and team communication, interviewing, meetings, and presentations.
This course will introduce students to the various fields within public history, the ethical and methodological standards, and give students the opportunity to work on a public history project.
A study of the theory and practice of management. The course involves discussion and application of areas such as social responsibility, strategy, problem solving, communication, change, job performance, and financial/operational controls. Prerequisite or Co-requisite of BUSN 110 Introduction to Business
Study of the marketing concept, consumer demand and behavior, and marketing functions of the firm. The objective is to understand the development of marketing channels, products, prices, and promotion strategies. Prerequisite or Co-requisite of BUSN 110 Introduction to Business
This course explores trends in media convergence, focusing as well on the ways reporters, editors, and designers create stories for the web. Particular emphasis will be on web-based story design, the coordination of text and art, and the creation of stories for a variety of new media outlets. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the college writing competency, enrollment in the William Penn Honors Program, or instructor permission.

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.