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.
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.
“I had to act like a leader and as a boss. I had to delegate and schedule and prioritize and find a balance of not getting too overwhelmed but still getting everything done. I saw the less whimsical side of life as an artist.”
— Arianna Kendra ’17
“I am learning about a world behind the face art history that is very important for anyone affiliated with the art world.”
— Jeremy Kramer ’15
“As we are working, there is constant discussion about the concept, the way in which each piece builds on this concept, and the wonderful amount of second-guessing that one never sees from a professor in a regular class environment.”