Arts Entrepreneurship

Currently, this program is not accepting applications.

If you are interested in the business side of music, theater, film studies or visual arts, a minor in Arts Entrepreneurship provides you a foundation in grant writing, accounting, marketing, personnel management, business networking, publicity, event management and business law for business development in an arts related field. The capstone course provides students with several tangible business documents including two startup business plans and a digital portfolio. Students who complete the minor will understand how to synthesize and integrate business learning with artistic endeavors to apply the basic principles of entrepreneurial behavior to enhance the value of the arts in society.

Program Highlights

  • Learn from experts in arts entrepreneurship, accounting, marketing, management and business law to develop two business plans that can help you get started after graduation.
  • Create a digital portfolio that can help you land a job and help get your business start up ideas up and running.
  • Learn how to infuse business learning into your specific artistic passion and discover how you can build a career enhancing the value of the arts in your community.

Program Distinctions

  • All degree programs in the School of the Arts and the Herberger School of Business are accredited by national accrediting agencies.
  • Notable alumnus:
    • Bruce Pearson, Music '64 was awarded an honorary doctorate from St. Cloud State and is the author of the "Standard of Excellence Comprehensive Band Method" found on music stands all over the world, and is now published in English, Chinese, Spanish and Italian.
    • TyRuben Ellingson '81 is a conceptual designer who has worked with major directors including James Cameron, George Lucas, Guillermo Del Toro and Stanley Kubrick on movies that include "Jurassic Park" and "Avatar."
    • Valerie Snobeck '03, named by arts writer Elisa Carmichael as one of 25 artists to watch in 2013, exhibited as part of Whitney Biennial, a show of new American art at Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. 

Popular Careers

  • Non-profit Arts Organization Administrative Assistant
  • Arts Organization Outreach Director
  • Teen Program Coordinator/Director
  • Visual/Audio Designer
  • Film Maker
  • Online Publication Staff