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Overview

A first of its kind program, this innovative MA is designed for a new generation of artists looking for the entrepreneurial acumen that is necessary today to build a sustainable creative practice and professional life in the arts.

The new program merges studio practice from Claremont Graduate University’s Master of Fine Art (MFA) program with coursework in the business, markets, history and theory of art, as well as core courses in finance, accounting, law, and marketing. Students maintain a fine art practice while learning broadly transferable business and management principles and techniques. In contrast to a conventional MFA, candidates for this degree pursue an entrepreneurship sequence, capped by the Startup Studio—a course in which creative initiatives are pitched to panels of artists, arts professionals, business leaders, and entrepreneurs from the Los Angeles community.

Understanding the culture of the studio, and the kind of work, planning, and management required to engage in ambitious artistic projects, either at large scale or over long periods of time, is more necessary today than at any time before.

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The Details
  • Curriculum

    Curriculum

    Semester 1:

    • Installation: Dialog with Space

    • Survey of Contemporary Art

    • Finance & Accounting for Creative Industries

    • Marketing Management

    • Art Business or Arts Management Dynamics

    • Creative Industries Colloquium


    Semester 2:

    • Installation: Context Power & Placement

    • Independent Studio

    • Ideas of Contemporary Art

    • Markets Elective or Management Elective

    • New Venture Creation or Social & Cultural Entrepreneurship

    • Gallery/Studio Management


    Semester 3:

    • Legal Foundations for Creative Industries

    • Startup Studio

    • Marketing Elective

    • Transdisciplinary Studies Course

  • Staff & Faculty

    Staff & Faculty

    Administration and Leadership:
    Jonathan T.D. Neil: Director of Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Los Angeles
    Kibum Kim: Associate Director, Head of Art Business Program
    Amy Shimshon-Santo: Associate Director, Head of Arts Management Program
    Jodi James: Program Administrator
    Matt O’Connor: Assistant Director, Admissions
    Tory Benoit: Director of Development
    Theresa J. Condito: Career Development Coordinator and Counselor
    Alma Ruiz: Senior Fellow
    Laura Zucker: Senior Fellow


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  • Tuition & Application

    Tuition & Application

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  • Contact & Request Information

    Contact & Request Information

    For further information, please contact:

    Matt O'Connor, Assistant Director, Admissions
    1017 North Dartmouth Avenue, Claremont
    California, 91711 USA
    T +1.303.437.8554
    m.oconnor@sia.edu

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