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.
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. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Historical Consciousness. 4 cr.
Section Type Days Times Instructor SA1 IND M, W 1:00 PM-4:30 PM Benson
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. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Historical Consciousness. 4 cr.
Section Type Days Times Instructor SA1 IND T, R 1:00 PM-4:30 PM Barrett
CAS AH 242 Latin American Art Since Contact
Surveys Latin American art from the colonial period to present and relates it to imperial, state, institutional, and private agendas. Interrogates both notions of art within colonial/neo-colonial contexts and changing roles of artists over past half-millennia. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Historical Consciousness. 4 cr.
Section Type Days Times Instructor SA1 IND T, R 6:00 PM-9:30 PM Serna Lanche
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 SA1 IND M, W 9:00 AM-12:30 PM Ribner
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 SA1 IND M, W 1:00 PM-4:30 PM Schaffer SA2 IND T, R 6:00 PM-9:30 PM Knapp
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 SA1 IND T, W, R 2:00 PM-5:00 PM Schepens
CFA AR 389 Graphic Design Elective
Covers the basic principles of design, composition, and form making. These topics are investigated holistically, beginning with their historical origination, contemporary application, and finally in the context of individual practice. Projects and class meetings are structured to help develop a design process and critique skills. The goal is to provide a rigorous understanding of the foundational principles and skills that serve as a strong base for all future design course work and practice. Working knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite is helpful; software will not be taught. Laptop required. Materials and printing costs are extra. 4 cr.
Section Type Days Times Instructor SA1 IND M, T, W 9:30 AM-12:30 PM Mallia
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 SA1 IND T, W, R 9:30 AM-12:30 PM Muldowney
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 SA1 IND T, R 1:00 PM-5:30 PM Coogan
CFA TH 120 Acting & Performance 1
Actors live through stories that tell us 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 develops practical skills for acting with a partner. 4 cr.
Section Type Days Times Instructor SA1 IND T, R 1:00 PM-5:00 PM Cohen
COM CM 441 Media Strategy and Management
Prereq: (COM CM 215 or COM CM 301) and (COM CM 331). Students study a variety of publicity tactics (news conferences, feature placements, special events, and media tours), which they combine into publicity campaign plans. Involves lectures, in-class discussions, video cases, and individual take- home cases. Students are encouraged to plan campaigns in their area of interest (e.g., business, arts, sports, and politics). 4 cr.
Section Type Days Times Instructor SA1 IND M, W 9:00 AM-12:30 PM Shanler
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 SA1 IND M, W 9:00 AM-12:30 PM Luber
MET MG 410 Entrepreneurial Management: Starting, Innovating, and Managing Small-, Medium-, and Large-Sized Ventures
Covers the four key elements of successful entrepreneurial management: choosing a business, organizing, financing, and marketing. Includes preparing a business plan, becoming an entrepreneur, raising venture capital, selling, negotiating, and building an effective organization. Topics given special consideration are the practice of innovation, the art of leadership, and how to relate talents to succeeding in innovative venture and technology management. 4 cr.
Section Type Days Times Instructor SA1 IND T, R 6:00 PM-9:30 PM Rajagopal SEX IND S 9:00 AM-4:00 PM Santino
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 SA1 IND M, W 9:00 AM-12:30 PM Allen
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 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.