College of Arts and Sciences

Art and Design Apprenticeship Program

About Apprenticeships

An apprenticeship gives you a competitive edge in the fine arts world. It offers you hands-on, real-world work experience, and can help you launch a career as a professional artist, curator, member of non-profit arts organization, or creative enterprise commercial business owner. 

During your apprenticeship, you'll utilize the information you've learned in such courses as Entrepreneurship in the Arts, Contemporary Curatorial Practice, Art History, and the Gallery Practicum.

Apprenticeships can be with artists, art historians, curators, galleries, museums, non-profits, art collectives, community organizations, art publications, and more.

For the Minor in Arts Entrepreneurship and Curatorial Studies, you are required to do one 4 credit or two 2 credit apprenticeships.

Apprenticeship Courses

FA378 Entrepreneurship/Gallery Apprenticeship

Student apprentices gain practical working experience in the major studio area or related gallery field. Working with an apprenticeship mentor, students combine apprentice work with their academic studies to gain hands-on experience to advance their individual educational and career objectives. Possibilities include placements with artists or with individuals involved in galleries, museums, art institutions, art collectives, design firms. It is the student’s responsibility to arrange for the apprenticeship and faculty support. Requires 100 hours for 2 credits, 200 hours for 4 credits. A maximum of 8 credit hours permitted.

AH378 Art History/Curatorial Apprenticeship

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The 4 credit versions of AH378 and FA378 have VL designation only.


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. For example, you must first complete AH323 Contemporary Curatorial Practice before signing up for the Curatorial Apprenticeship. 

AH378 Prerequisites
FA378 Prerequisites