A first of its kind program, this innovative MA is designed for a new generation of artists looking for the entrepreneurial acumen that is necessary today to build a sustainable creative practice and professional life in the arts.

The new program merges studio practice from the Master of Fine Art (MFA) program with coursework in the business, markets, history and theory of art, as well as core courses in finance, accounting, law, and marketing. Students maintain a fine art practice while learning broadly transferable business and management principles and techniques. In contrast to a conventional MFA, candidates for this degree pursue an entrepreneurship sequence, capped by the Startup Studio—a course in which creative initiatives are pitched to panels of artists, arts professionals, business leaders, and entrepreneurs from the Los Angeles community.

Understanding the culture of the studio, and the kind of work, planning, and management required to engage in ambitious artistic projects, either at large scale or over long periods of time, is more necessary today than at any time before.

Program at a Glance

UNITS
48 units

COMPLETION TIME
1.5 years

COURSES BEGIN
Fall

DEGREE AWARDED
MA in Art Business & Fine Art

Featured Courses

ARMGT 309
Startup Studio

Offers students an open, collaborative environment in which to develop ideas and to learn from one another while completing their final MA capstone projects.

MGT 321
Marketing Management

Examines the process of strategic marketing management and provides tools and methods to examine marketing environments, understand consumer and organizational buying behavior, develop and promote new products, manage existing products, and more.

ART 328
Installation: Dialog with Space

Critically investigates the definition(s) of installation art through the practice of art making and critique, with a focus on history, methodology, and theory.

ART 345
Ideas in Contemporary Art

Explores different historical and theoretical trends that inform contemporary art making.

ART 301
Independent Studio

Graduate-level studio course in which students meet one-on-one with core faculty to discuss the student’s work.

ARTBUS 317
Finance & Accounting for Creative Industries

Explores basic rules governing the preparation of financial statements in the creative industries, the flexibility that exists within these rules, the possible incentives of management to make choices from within these rules.

Curriculum

Semester 1
Installation: Dialog with Space
Survey of Contemporary Art
Finance & Accounting for Creative Industries
Marketing Management
Art Business or Arts Management Dynamics
Creative Industries Colloquium

Semester 2
Installation: Context Power & Placement
Independent Studio
Ideas of Contemporary Art
Markets Elective or Management Elective
New Venture Creation or Social & Cultural Entrepreneurship
Gallery/Studio Management

Semester 3
Legal Foundations for Creative Industries
Startup Studio
Marketing Elective
Transdisciplinary Studies Course

Faculty & Research

  • David Amico profile image

    David Amico

    Professor of Art
    Roland Reiss Endowed Chair in Art

    Research Interests

    Art, Painting

  • Kibum Kim profile image

    Kibum Kim

    Program Director, Art Business

    Research Interests

    Art Market Dynamics, Comparative Art Markets

  • Rachel Lachowicz profile image

    Rachel Lachowicz

    Associate Professor of Studio Art

    Research Interests

    Studio art, Installation art

  • David Pagel profile image

    David Pagel

    Professor of Art Theory and History
    Chair, Art Department

    Research Interests

    Art, Art media, Painting

  • Alma Ruiz profile image

    Alma Ruiz

    Senior Fellow, Sotheby's Institute of Art, Los Angeles

    Research Interests

    Contemporary Latin American Art, Exhibition Making & Managing​

  • Amy Shimshon-Santo profile image

    Amy Shimshon-Santo

    Program Director, Arts Management

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Assistant Director of Admissions
T: 909-607-1185 (Direct)
T: 909-607-7811 (Central Admissions)
E: Matthew.O'Connor2@cgu.edu