Museum Studies & Gallery Practice, BI

Museum Studies & Gallery Practice

Bachelor of Innovation

Program Delivery

On Campus

Total Credits

120 Credits

About the Program

The Bachelor of Innovation (BI) degree in Museum Studies & Gallery Practice (MSGP) combines academic studies and professional training to prepare you for variety of careers at museums, galleries, science centers, cultural centers, historical societies, etc. The degree is structured so that you will not only gain a depth of understanding in museum studies and art history, but also a breadth of other arts disciplines, business, and entrepreneurship. The major is composed of core courses in museum and gallery practice, art history, visual and performing arts (VAPA), and innovation and cross-disciplinary studies.

Focus of Study

Within VAPA, you will learn about the different types of museums and organizations, develop the necessary skills for collections management and exhibition design, as well as examine the ways in which objects and cultures are represented. In addition, you will study the history of art and visual culture from prehistoric cave drawings to the latest theories in contemporary art and culture.

The Innovation core will introduce you to entrepreneurship, grant and proposal writing, and invaluable team projects with regional organizations. The cross-discipline component includes business, creative communication, engineering technology, or globalization.

Program Requirements

The BI in Museum Studies & Gallery Practice requires the following:

  • A minimum of 36 credit hours of coursework within VAPA, including 15 credits of MSGP Core, 15 credits of History of Art & Visual Culture Core, and 3 credits of VAPA Core
    • At least 24 hours must be upper-division (3000+ level) courses
  • 24 credits of Innovation Core
  • 15 credits of Cross-disciplinary Core within the student's choice of concentration
    • Business Concentration
    • Engineering Technology Concentration
    • Globalization Concentration
  • All coursework for the major must be completed with a grade of "C" or better


Program Coursework

For details on program coursework, please visit the Academic Catalog.

Museum Studies & Gallery Practice Requirements

(36 hours)


  • VAPA 1000-level course (1005, 1020, 1050, 1100, 1200, 1300, or 1500)
  • VAPA 3000-level course (3900, 3910,  3920, 3950, 3955, 3960, 3970, 3980, 3990 
  • MSGP 2000 Intro to Museum Studies & Gallery Practice (Fall only) (prereq to MSGP 4030)
  • MSGP 4030 Internship in Museum Studies Gallery Management I
  • MSGP 4060 Exhibit Design & Development (alternating spring semesters only) 
  • MSGP 4070 Collections Management (alternating spring semesters only) 
  • MSGP elective (choose one: MSGP 4040, 4050, 4080, 4090, 4100, 4200)
  • HAVC 1001 Global Visual Culture: 1300 to Present 
  • HAVC 3860 Contemporary Art
  • Western Art History elective (choose one: HAVC 3010, 3240, 3250, 3260, 3270, 3280, 3330, 3790, 3840, 3850, 3860, 4810, 4820, 4830, 4890, 4910, 4920)
  • Non-Western Art History elective (choose one: HAVC 3210, 3430, 3450, 3460, 4450, or 4470)

BI Innovation Core Requirements

(24 hours)

  • BLAW 2010 Business and Intellectual Property Law
  • ENTP 1000 Introduction to Entrepreneurship or ENTP 1001 Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship
  • ENTP 4500  Entrepreneurship and Strategy
  • INOV 1010 The Innovation Process or INOV 1011 Social Innovation
  • INOV 2010 Innovation Team: Analyze and Report
  • INOV 2100 Technical Writing, Proposals, and Presentations
  • INOV 3010 Innovation Team: Research and Execute
  • INOV 4010 Innovation Team: Design and Lead

BI Cross-discipline Core Requirements

(15 hours)

Complete one of the Cross-Discipline Cores listed below. Each Cross-Discipline Core consists of 15 credit hours. See the degree audit or the Bachelor of Innovation page in the Academic Catalog for specific course information.

  • Business  
  • Engineering Technology
  • Globalization 

Admission Details

To learn more about admission requirements and the application process, please visit the UCCS Admissions page.

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