Associate in Applied Arts in Gallery Management

This program is designed to prepare students for employment in art galleries and museums. Students are provided a comprehensive knowledge of art history, art criticism, collections management, the contemporary art market, artist’s rights, contracts, intellectual property, and copyright law. Through projects and field experience, students develop skills in gallery design, installation, lighting, applied gallery photography, web applications, graphic marketing materials and object care and handling. Students apply the principles of gallery management through supervised internship placement into a gallery, museum or non-profit art center in Santa Fe, the third largest art market in the United States.

The completion of the Gallery Management A.A.A. degree transfers to the Institute of American Indian Arts (I.A.I.A) as the first two years of the B.A. in Museum Studies.

NOTE: A.A.A. degrees are designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in specific occupations; they are not generally intended to transfer to four-year institutions.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate effective administrative support in a gallery or museum work environment.
  • Employ professional standards in the handling, organization, and display of artwork.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of a range of contemporary and historical perspectives in art.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of marketing and promotion for commercial galleries, non-profit arts organizations, and related arts businesses.
  • Apply legal and business strategies for arts related businesses and organizations.

Class Requirements


Communications (6 hrs.)

ENGL 111         Composition and Rhetoric (3)

ENGL 119         Professional Communication (3)


Any SPCH course (3)

Mathematics (3 hrs.)

BSAD 112         Business Math (3)


MATH 119       Applications of Mathematics for Nonscience Majors (3) or higher

Laboratory Science (4 hrs.)

Social/Behavioral Sciences (3 hrs.)

Humanities and Fine Arts (6 hrs.)

AHST 204         Modern Art (3)

Choose from the following:

AHST 201         Art History I (3) þ

AHST 202         Art History II (3) þ

Humanities and Fine Arts course (3)

The combined total of Social and Behavioral Sciences
and Humanities and Fine Arts areas should equal
9 credit hours.

Health and Wellness (1 hr.)



ARTS 298         Art and Design Internships (3)

BSAD 240         Principles of Marketing (3)

GLRY 133        Art Collections Management (3)

GLRY 161        Gallery Practices (3)

GLRY 162        Contemporary Art Gallery Issues (3)

GLRY 175        Legal and Business Issues

in the Arts (3)

MART 130       Introduction to Web Design (3)



GLRY 140        Arts Organizations (3)

MART 180       Photoshop I (3)

Choose from the following:

AHST 205         History of 19th Century Photography (3)

AHST 206         History of 20th Century Photography (3)

AHST 207         Contemporary Art (3)

AHST 215         Artistic Traditions of the Southwest (3)

ARTS 165          Art Exhibitions and the Cultural

Landscape (3) þ

GLRY 210        Art Criticism (3)



Choose from the following:

ACCT 111        Small Business Accounting (3)

AHST 235         Study Abroad: Images and Insight (3) þ

ARTS 165         Art Exhibitions and the Cultural

Landscape (3) þ

ARTS 280          Business Practices for Designers (3)

GLRY 163L      Professional Framing and Matting (2)

GLRY 190        Art Gallery Promotion (2)

GLRY 210        Art Criticism (3)

MART 170       Writing for Mass Media (3)

OFTC 111         Business Software Essentials I (4)

PHOT 195         Photographing Artwork (3)

Six credit hours of the A.A.A. and A.A.S. must come from an approved list of courses that satisfy the following requirements. These are not meant to be additional hours in the degree but are, instead, existing courses that satisfy the requirement and appear anywhere in the degree.

  • Cultural Perspectives (3 credit hours)
  • Sustainable Living (3 credit hours)