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Curriculum


Explore Courses and Career-Defining Experiences

Earn your 1-year MA in Arts and Creative Enterprise Leadership and excel in business and creative fields.

2-semester intensive curriculum

Build on your creative skills

Develop your strategic abilities

students talking around table

Merge business, art, and society

The program supports two types of students: creative professionals looking to fuse their arts background with business and social enterprise training, and business professionals who want arts-based coursework.

Artful Leadership Panel speakers

Find your place as a leader

Build your professional network while you develop the strategic skills to lead. Become fully immersed in the world of nonprofits, community building, and social entrepreneurship.

Get Hands-on Experience at a Top Organization.
Or Launch Your Idea Into the World.

Complete an applied learning placement with an arts, cultural, or nonprofit organization

Gain real-world experience to complement your classroom learning. Through this applied practice and work mentorship, you engage in a variety of projects and initiatives and come away with a new set of knowledge and skills that will inform your future career.

Launch your own venture

Design and launch your own arts or community-based venture. Use tools built from the program to scope and develop an independent project with real-world impact. Become prepared for life as an entrepreneur.

Coursework to Transform Your Career

Required Courses

Core courses in arts and nonprofit management and entrepreneurship in the arts
Business Strategy
Nonprofit Board Leadership
Impact Consulting for Arts-based Organizations and Communities

Sample Elective Courses

Bargaining, Negotiating, and Dispute Settlement for Managers
Marketing Communications
Entrepreneurial Management
Community Development
Civil Society and Community Leadership
Community Economic Analysis

Jessie Wright
“As a development intern for the Overture Center for the Arts, I experienced connections from my first few weeks of class and my placement. I looked at balance sheets and budget projections and met with world-class professionals to strategize fundraising and marketing objectives. The Overture Center was enormously welcoming, jumping right in with me and trusting me as a member of their team. What an incredible opportunity the arts administration specialization has given us: to continue working in the arts world as we intensively study how to be more effective leaders within it.”
Jessie Wright (MBA ‘17)
Managing Director, Hudson Valley Writers Center

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