ARTH-252: Art Institutions and the Business of Art

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: ARTH-252 Art Institutions and the Business of Art

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 3 class hours

Credits: 3

Pre-requisites (if any): ARTH-150 and either ARTH-101 or ARTH-202

Course Description in college catalog:

This course will familiarize students with the various forms of art institutions – museums, galleries, not-for-profit organizations, and auction houses – and their funding structures. Students will learn about various art institutions through readings, class discussion, onsite visits, and individual research projects. Students will learn the roles of mission statements, budgeting, grant writing, fundraising, and publications for a variety of art institutions.

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

A.S. Art (Concentration: Art and Design)

A.S. Art (Concentration: Art History)

A.S. Gallery and Museum Studies

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Communicate effectively in various forms

  2. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions

  3. Reason quantitatively as required in various fields of interest and in everyday life

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

  1. Weigh opposing positions and multiple perspectives when determining the success of individual art works or practices

  2. Utilize the vocabulary of the discipline

  3. Examine different art institutions in relation to geographic, historical, and cultural contexts

  4. Recognize and demonstrate social, psychological, emotional, and aesthetic implications when making exhibition decisions

  5. Explain the funding structures and business models of various types of museums and galleries including artist-run organizations, commercial art businesses, and not-for profit art organizations

  6. Understand the tasks and skills associated with various art professionals such as grant makers, conservators, registrars, curators, artists and other arts administrators

Program-specific outcomes

  1. Weigh opposing positions and multiple perspectives when determining the success of individual art works or practices

  2. Utilize the vocabulary of the discipline

  3. Examine different art institutions in relation to geographic, historical, and cultural contexts

  4. Recognize and demonstrate social, psychological, emotional, and aesthetic implications when making exhibition decisions

  5. Explain the funding structures and business models of various types of museums and galleries including artist-run organizations, commercial art businesses, and not-for profit art organizations

  6. Understand the tasks and skills associated with various art professionals such as grant makers, conservators, registrars, curators, artists and other arts administrators

Other program outcomes (if applicable).

  1. Integrate knowledge and skills in the program of study

  2. Make ethical judgments while recognizing multiple perspectives, as appropriate in the program of study

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

Researching grantmakers and writing a sample grant proposal.

Researching an artwork and writing a proposal to a collector or art museum regarding the possible acquisition of an artwork or artifact.

Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member’s discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender’s grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University’s policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

Disabilities
Any student who feels that he or she may need an accommodation based upon the impact of a disability should contact the office of Services for Students with Disabilities in Science Building, Room S-132, 718-631-6257, to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. You can visit the Services for Students with Disabilities website.