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 hosted at CBMArts’ downtown Los Angeles space at The Reef.
  • 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

COMPLETION TIME
3 semesters

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.

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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 & Research

  • Jonathan T.D. Neil profile image

    Jonathan T.D. Neil

    Director, Center for Business & Management of the Arts

    Research Interests

    Modern and contemporary art, Architectural history, International art market, Critical writing/theory, History of photography

  • Alma Ruiz profile image

    Alma Ruiz

    Senior Fellow, Center for Business & Management of the Arts

    Research Interests

    Contemporary Latin American Art, Exhibition Making & Managing​

  • Kibum Kim profile image

    Kibum Kim

    Program Director, Art Business

    Research Interests

    Art Market Dynamics, Comparative Art Markets

  • Jay Prag profile image

    Jay Prag

    Clinical Full Professor

    Research Interests

    Corporate Finance, Investments, Economics of Strategy, Macroeconomics

  • Melody Kanschat profile image

    Melody Kanschat

    Executive Director, Museum Leadership Institute

  • 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

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Jill Steggall

Assistant Director of Admissions
T: 909-607-7811
E: jill.steggall2@cgu.edu