The Master of Arts in Art Business is designed for both the aspiring and established professional with a passion for the visual arts and a desire to master the market and management dynamics that drive artistic and commercial values today.

The MA in Art Business prepares you for transformative roles in leading art businesses, initiatives, and organizations. Our focus on market dynamics and entrepreneurship gives you the skills and the knowledge to start your own ventures or build on existing ones. And our extensive network of alumni and professional contacts give you access to the people and resources you will need to make meaningful change in the art world and beyond.

We are the only art business graduate program on the west coast and the only program focused on the Pacific Rim, with courses dedicated to East Asian markets and field study trips to Latin America. We are also the only art business graduate program within a fully accredited, non-profit university, which means we are serving an educational mission as opposed to investors.

Program Highlights
  • Study full- or part-time with a flexible structure that includes mixes of online, hybrid, and in-person formats.
  • Begin in either fall or spring semesters.
  • Attend in-person classes, events, and programs in downtown Los Angeles.
  • Work with professional faculty drawn from from LA’s arts and cultural leadership as well scholars from CGU’s Drucker School of Management, School of Arts & Humanities, Center for Information Systems & Technology, and Museum Leadership Institute.
  • Access the full curriculum of the MA in Arts Management.
  • Experience international and domestic field study travel opportunities. Past trips have included Hong Kong for Art Basel, Shanghai, and Mexico City.

Program at a Glance

UNITS
40 units

ESTIMATED COMPLETION TIME*
3 semesters

*This estimate assumes full-time registration and pursuit of the degree. Actual completion times will vary and may be higher, depending on full- or part-time course registration, units transferred, and time to complete other degree requirements.

COURSES BEGIN
Fall | Spring

DEGREE AWARDED
MA in Art Business

Featured Courses

ARTBUS 300
Art Market Dynamics

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

ARTBUS 318
Looking at and Writing About Art for Arts Professionals

Practice-based workshop dedicated to writing about the art in all genres and contexts, including artist profiles, wall texts, press releases, critical reviews, and news coverage.

ARTBUS 304B
Appraising Contemporary Art

Learn the methodology of personal property appraisal with an emphasis on contemporary art. Explore the duties of a professional appraiser; different types of appraisals, value and valuation approaches, the challenges specific to appraising contemporary works of art.

ARTBUS/ARMGT 377
Curatorial Practice

Learn the function and role of the contemporary curator through a year-long cycle of the hands-on planning, mounting, and managing of a contemporary art exhibition in Los Angeles.

ARMGT 309
Startup Studio

The capstone to the Art Business entrepreneurship sequence in which teams of students develop and pitch ideas for new ventures to panels of investors and arts and culture leaders.

Field Study

Field study travel introduces students to emerging and established art markets, and provides behind the scenes access to artists, 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:

  • Institute of Contemporary Art, LA
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, LA
  • The Broad
Capstone Sequences

Every CBMArts student completes a capstone sequence, which is the culmination of your degree, synthesizing everything that you have learned throughout the program. It is also designed as a bridge to your professional life, serving as a powerful demonstration of the skills you’ve developed at CGU as you enter or continue your work in the arts and cultural field. Each capstone sequence comprises both course work and a final project or deliverable that stems from your own intellectual and creative pursuits.

Students in the Art Business and Arts Management programs may complete their degree requirements through any sequence below. (At this time, interfield students are required to follow the Entrepreneurship Sequence.)

Faculty

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Laura Zucker

Director, Center for Business & Management of the Arts

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Joshua Goode

Associate Professor of Cultural Studies and History
Chair, History Department

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Carmine Iannaccone

Adjunct Professor of Art

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Melody Kanschat

Professor of Practice in Arts Management

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Rachel Lachowicz

Professor of Studio Art

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Jonathan T.D. Neil

Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Strategic Initiatives
Associate Professor of Art Business and Arts Management

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Lorne Olfman

Professor
Director, Center for Information Systems & Technology

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David Pagel

Professor of Art Theory and History
Roland Reiss Endowed Chair in Art

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Jay Prag

Clinical Full Professor, Academic Director

 

Adjunct Faculty


Leticia Buckley

Senior Civic Strategist, The Music Center

Email
leticia.buckley@cgu.edu

Letitia Fernandez-Ivins

Senior Manager of Transportation Planning (Arts & Design) with Los Angeles Metro

Email
letitia.ivins@cgu.edu

Rachel Fine

Executive Director and CEO, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Email
rachel.fine@cgu.edu

Kim Glann

Cross-Sector Manager, Los Angeles County Department of Arts & Culture

Email
kimberly.glann@cgu.edu

Lela Hersh

President, Museum and Fine Arts Consulting, LLC
Senior Lecturer, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Email
lela.hersh@cgu.edu

Kibum Kim

Partner, Commonwealth and Council

Email
Kibum.Kim@cgu.edu

Shana Mathur

Chief Strategy and External Relations Officer, Natural History Museum of LA County (NHMLAC)

Email
shana.mathur@cgu.edu

Bronwyn Mauldin

Director of Research and Evaluation at the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture

Email
bronwyn.mauldin@cgu.edu

John McGuirk

Senior Fellow at Community Foundation Sonoma County

Email
john.mcguirk@cgu.edu

Rebecca Norris

Museum Professional/Fine Art Collections

Email
rebecca.norris@cgu.edu

Alma Ruiz

Adjunct Professor

Email
alma.ruiz@cgu.edu

Robin Sukhadia

Strategist | Organizational Leadership | Major Gifts Fundraising

Email
robin.sukhadia@cgu.edu

Kejia Wu

Columnist for Financial Times, Chinese Edition

Email
kejia.wu@cgu.edu

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Jill Steggall

Assistant Director of Admissions
T: 909-607-7811
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