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2016-2017 Course Catalog 
2016-2017 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Arts Management, BA

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The BA in Arts Management aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills to pursue careers in creative sectors. Classes have a strong arts, entertainment, and media focus with entrepreneurial thinking and strategic leadership at their core.


Elective courses in the Business and Entrepreneurship department give students the opportunity to earn college credits by managing several student-run businesses:  a record label, a talent agency, a music publishing company, an events planning agency, an online distribution platform, a gallery, a night club, and a marketing agency.


The full-time and adjunct faculty of more than 100 renowned academics and creative professionals integrate current industry practices into the classroom. With over 700 business and entrepreneurship students and a global network of alumni, the program has a major influence in the field of arts, entertainment, and media management worldwide.


Students majoring in Arts Management study a core of management fundamentals. They have the option to choose a discipline-specific concentration of Film Business. Students may also receive a BA in Arts Management without choosing a concentration.

Successful Arts Management graduates should be able to:

  • Understand the fundamentals of managing creative organizations and professionals.
  • Apply critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills to the entrepreneurial management of the creative sectors.
  • Analyze trends, opportunities, and challenges to compete successfully in a rapidly changing global environment.
  • Lead the next generation of creative ventures.
  • Launch self-sustaining creative careers.

A grade of “C” or better is required in all major coursework.

For students who have earned a Bachelors degree previously, Columbia offers a Second Bachelor of Arts in Arts Management.

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