In response to the evolving relationship between technology and the arts, this transdisciplinary program is designed for students with an interest in the application of computer and data science to the arts and cultural fields.

Today, technology companies are increasingly interested in arts and cultural applications and partnerships. At the same time, arts and cultural organizations are increasingly working within the digital realm, not just on exhibition and program media and marketing, but on ways of using big data to increase cultural equity, or on proprietary software to run complex productions. This is the world that the arts and technology partnership between the Center for Business & Management of the Arts and the Center for Information Systems & Technology (CISAT) has been established to advance.

Over the course of three semesters, you will complete core courses from the MA in Art Business with CISAT’s MS in Information Systems and Technology. You will also enroll in a handful of specialized courses and take part in an entrepreneurship sequence that culminates with the Startup Studio, where you will develop and pitch your own arts & technology application or initiative.

Program Highlights
  • Gain core competencies in art business, from finance to strategy to marketing
  • Learn from professionals in LA’s arts and cultural community
  • Study IS&T topics such as big data, databases, software development, network design, and distributed information systems
  • Gain a basic understanding of programming languages such as R, Python, C++, and Java
  • Create and present a final capstone project of your own design

Program at a Glance

48 units

1.5 years


MA in Art Business & Information Systems and Technology

Featured Courses

Intro to Art Business Dynamics

Introduces the structures and dynamics of international art markets: the people, places, institutions and organizations responsible for the flow of works around the globe as well as by and through which they gain their value.

IST 305
Management of Information Systems & Technology

Provides a deep understanding of what is involved in building and leveraging an effective Information Technology (IT) organization within the enterprise.

Data Analytical Tools, Technologies & Applications Across the Disciplines

Focuses on using big data tools and technologies effectively across various disciplines and settings, social sciences, humanities, information systems, policy, and health care.

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Museo Soumaya

Field Study

Field study travel introduces students to emerging and established art markets, and provides behind the scenes access to artists, tech executives, art businesses, arts organizations and leaders in the field. The trips are designed to accelerate the formation of international networks and ensure familiarity with the complexity of the international arts landscape.

View recent international itineraries:

Past global destinations include:

  • Singapore
  • Hong Kong
  • Shanghai
  • Beijing
  • Seoul
  • Tokyo
  • Mexico City

Past destinations within LA include:

  • YouTube
  • Institute of Contemporary Art, LA
  • Snap Inc.
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, LA
  • Los Angeles CleanTech Incubator
  • The Broad


Semester 1: 16 units (12 CBMArts; 4 IS&T)
Finance & Accounting for Creative Industries (4)
Marketing Management (2)
Economics of Strategy (2)
Art Market Dynamics (4)
Creative Industries Colloquium (0)
Field Study (0)
Communications and Networking (4)

Semester 2: 16 units (8 CBMArts; 8 IS&T)
New Venture Creation (2)
Marketing Elective(s) (2)
Advanced Art Markets (4)
Databases and Big Data (4)
Leading Digital Business (4)

Semester 3: 16 units (8 CBMArts; 4 IS&T; 4 T-Studies)
Legal Foundations for Creative Industries (4)
Startup Studio (4)
Transdisciplinary Studies Course (4)
Software Development and Programming (4)

Faculty & Research

  • Tamir Bechor profile image

    Tamir Bechor

    Clinical Associate Professor

    Research Interests

    Cybersecurity, IT leadership and management

  • Wallace Chipidza profile image

    Wallace Chipidza

    Assistant Professor of Information Systems & Technology

    Research Interests

    Dynamics of social networks, Quantum Computing and Applications, Internet Privacy, ICT4D

  • Kibum Kim profile image

    Kibum Kim

    Program Director, Art Business

    Research Interests

    Art Market Dynamics, Comparative Art Markets

  • Lorne Olfman profile image

    Lorne Olfman

    Director, Center for Information Systems & Technology

    Research Interests

    User training, E-Learning systems, Knowledge management, Social technologies for group work

  • Jay Prag profile image

    Jay Prag

    Clinical Full Professor

    Research Interests

    Corporate Finance, Investments, Economics of Strategy, Macroeconomics

  • Alma Ruiz profile image

    Alma Ruiz

    Senior Fellow, Center for Business & Management of the Arts

    Research Interests

    Contemporary Latin American Art, Exhibition Making & Managing​

  • Terry Ryan profile image

    Terry Ryan

    Professor of Information Systems & Technology

    Research Interests

    Management information systems, Programming, Software development, Research methods, Statistics

  • Hovig Tchalian profile image

    Hovig Tchalian

    Assistant Professor of Practice

    Research Interests

    Organization theory, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Market Emergence, Discourse and Text Analysis, Computational Methods

  • James Wallace profile image

    James Wallace

    Associate Professor of Accounting

    Research Interests

    Accounting, Finance, Financial statement analysis, Sustainability

  • Melody Kanschat profile image

    Melody Kanschat

    Executive Director, Museum Leadership Institute

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Paige Piontkowsky

Director of Admissions
T: 909-607-3240 (Direct)
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