Arts Management Track

Arts Management

The arts play a vital role in Boston's daily life. The city's cultural offerings include everything from small gallery shows and world-class museum exhibits to productions in the Theatre District, historic preservation projects in the Back Bay, outdoor concerts at the Hatch Shell, and summer festivals on the Boston Common.

In this track you'll explore topics surrounding arts, culture, and arts management while gaining valuable hands-on experience through internships in local arts organizations.

Summer 1: The Academic Phase

You'll spend your first six weeks of the Summer Study Internship Program taking two 4-credit courses chosen from offerings in arts and management, including courses in business, American studies, literature, film, music, and art history.

Courses listed below were offered last summer and can be used as an example of the types of courses offered for this track. The 2019 Summer Study Internship Program course options will be posted on January 15, 2019.

  • CAS AA 507 Literature of the Harlem Renaissance

    Studies the Harlem Renaissance (1919-1935) focusing on literature with overviews of the stage, the music, and the visual arts. Authors include Du Bois, Locke, Garvey, Schuyler, Hurston, McKay, Larsen, Fisher, Hughes, Cullen. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor Location
    SA1 Independent M, W 9:00 AM-12:30 PM Boelcskevy AAS 101
  • CAS AH 111 Introduction to Art History I: Antiquity to the Middle Ages

    An introduction to art history and the analysis of painting, sculpture, and architecture. Study of masterpieces from prehistoric to medieval times. Focus on monuments of Greece, Rome, and the Middle Ages, with a survey of Egyptian and Near Eastern art. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor Location
    SA1 Independent T, R 6:00 PM-9:30 PM Saravo CAS 320
  • CAS AH 112 Introduction to Art History II: Renaissance to Today

    Major monuments and artists. Sequential development, from the Renaissance to the modern period, of major styles in architecture, sculpture, painting, graphic arts, and photography. Relationship of visual art to social and cultural trends. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor Location
    SA1 Independent T, R 9:30 AM-1:00 PM Barrett CAS 303A
  • CAS AH 211 Boston Museums

    An introduction to the fundamentals of visual analysis and the history of art, focusing on outstanding works in the collections of Boston and Cambridge museums. Current, temporary exhibitions are included. Also examines the curatorial decision-making process determining the choice of works and the conditions under which they are displayed. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor Location
  • CAS AH 389 Impressionism

    Impressionism, its sources, and its aftermath, from the painting of modern life and leisure by Manet, Monet, Morisot, Renoir, and Degas, to the evocation of spirituality, pain, and desire in the work of Van Gogh, Gauguin, Rodin, and Munch. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor Location
    SA1 Independent M, W 9:30 AM-1:00 PM Ribner CAS 310
  • CAS EN 202 Introduction to Creative Writing

    An exploration of creative writing: fiction, poetry, and possibly creative non-fiction and/or playwriting. Students learn to read like writers (that is, with an eye towards how writers write) and write and revise their own original stories and poems. This class is run as a workshop, so students will share and critique each others' work. Does not give concentration credit. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor Location
    SA1 Independent M, W 1:00 PM-4:30 PM Narang EGL 222
    SA2 Independent T, R 6:00 PM-9:30 PM Levi EGL 222
  • CAS LJ 451 Topics in Japanese Literature

    Topic for Summer 2018: Japanese Popular Culture. Modern Japanese popular culture including manga, anime, fantasy, Takarazuka theater, and detective fiction. Works by Murakami Haruki, Edogawa Rampo, and Tezuka Osamu. In English translation. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor Location
    SA1 Independent T, R 2:00 PM-5:30 PM Frederick STH 636
  • CFA AR 136 Drawing and the Figure

    An introduction to the practice of representational drawing with the human figure. Focuses on establishing basic skills concerning the translation of three dimensional form onto the two dimensional page. Students investigate methods of identification, definition, and location of form in a comprehensive space utilizing a variety of materials and approaches. Students work from still life, the figure, interior and exterior spaces, and themselves. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor Location
    SA1 Independent T, W, R 2:00 PM-5:00 PM Schepens CFA 308
  • CFA AR 415 Photography 1

    Designed to assist the student in mastering the techniques of black and white photography, including negative exposure, film development, and print production. Critical evaluation of photographs, relationship of photography to other visual media, and study of both historical and contemporary precedents. No previous experience is required, but access to a 35mm camera with manual exposure capability is necessary. Material costs are extra. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor Location
    SA1 Independent T, W, R 9:30 AM-12:30 PM Muldowney FLR 532
  • CFA TH 120 Acting & Performance 1

    Actors live through stories that tell us all about the excitement of walking the knife-edge of important events. This introductory class encourages playful, on-your-feet exploration of ways to awaken the body to its own sensations, enliven the voice to its own possibilities, and alert the mind to everything going on around it. It includes a guided exploration of how actors sift plays for the active elements that bring them alive, and develop practical skills for acting with a partner. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor Location
    SA1 Independent T, R 1:00 PM-5:00 PM Cohen FLR 270A
  • COM CM 317 Introduction to Advertising

    Explores the history, nature, function, and social and economic aspects of advertising: ethical responsibilities, psychological appeals, marketing, media research, product analysis, creative strategies, and agency operation. Students prepare comprehensive advertising plans, including marketing strategy and speculative advertising campaigns. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor Location
    SA1 Independent T, R 1:00 PM-4:30 PM Cakebread COM 217
  • COM CM 502 Promoting Creative Ideas Online

    Teaches students how to market their creative works online. Students learn to identify targeted marketing and distribution platforms for new websites, video channels, series, and blogs, etc., and how to use social media to find an audience, generate buzz and identify potential funding sources. Students also learn practical entrepreneurial tools needed to organize their creative work as a business venture. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor Location
    SA1 Independent M, W 9:30 AM-1:00 PM Luber COM 215
  • QST SM 101 Introduction to Management

    A broad introduction to the nature and activities of business enterprises within the United States' economic and political framework. Course content introduces economic systems, essential elements of business organization, production, human resource management, marketing, finance, and risk management. Key objectives of the course are development of business vocabulary and a fundamental understanding of how businesses make money. This course is intended for non-business majors. It may not be taken by Questrom students for credit nor can it be used by Boston University students toward the Business Administration minor. Non-Questrom students may register for this course directly via the Student Link. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor Location
    SA1 Independent M, W 9:00 AM-12:30 PM Allen HAR 228
  • CFA AR 530 Design Ignites Change

    A studio course that cultivates social entrepreneurship. Students study their ecosystem, define a need, and affect change through a designed engagement in their local environment. Students work collaboratively to research, develop, design, and execute a public awareness campaign that fosters a meaningful social experience. The objectives of this course are to develop social stewards, to launch an idea, to work collaboratively, to understand the role audience plays in designed experiences, to create a design campaign that spans multiple mediums in order to reach wide-ranging audiences, and to use design as a tool for education and action in the public sphere. Laptop required. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor Location
    SA1 Independent T, R 1:00 PM-5:30 PM Coogan FLR 409

Summer 2: The Internship Phase

For the second six weeks of the program, you'll be placed as an intern in a Boston-area organization or business that matches your expressed interests. You should expect to work five days a week for a minimum of 35 hours. Most internships are unpaid.

Arts Management Internship Opportunities

Internship placement sites in past years have included commercial galleries, auction houses, cultural councils, museums, architectural firms, design companies, arts campaigning groups, art centers, and theater, music, and dance companies.

Internship Placement

  • Internship placement for 35 hours a week
  • Internship matches are based on your interests, abilities, and experience
  • All internship sites are accessible by public transportation
  • Visit our Placement Process page for additional information

Summer Study Internship Course

The Summer Study Internship Program's 2-credit Internship Course meets on Friday mornings throughout Summer 1 and two evenings in Summer 2. The course explores links between your academic track and your on-site professional experience, and provides support and guidance as you prepare for your placement.

Meet an Arts Management Student

Student: Meredith Rankin

Courses: Modern Art from 1940 to 1980; Art of Classical Greece

Internship Site: Diana Levine Art Gallery

On the Job: I enhanced the gallery's online visibility through social networking sites and an e-newsletter. I helped with special projects for clients, such as selecting artwork they might be interested in for corporate or residential settings. I also assisted with designing a window display to exhibit a new artist. My job was to convey the theme and mood of the artwork while also attracting the attention of passersby.

Perspectives: I took interesting courses that count toward my major, and I gained valuable work experience while living in an exciting city. I would never have known where to start looking in Boston for the kind of work I was interested in, and the program guided my way. Interviewing at different galleries alone gave me a better sense of the art scene in Boston, as well as of the variations among galleries in general.

Contact Us

Boston University Summer Term
Summer Study Internship Program
755 Commonwealth Ave, Rm 105
Boston, MA 02215

Phone: 617-353-0556
Fax: 617-353-5532