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Marrying the core curriculum of Sotheby’s Institute of Art’s degrees in Art Business and Arts Management with core courses offered by Claremont Graduate University’s Center for Information Systems and Technology (CISAT), this unique “arts and technology” interfield MA is designed for students with an interest in the application of computer and data science to arts and cultural fields, or for students with an arts background who have a demonstrated interest and capacity for software engineering and information technology.

Technology companies are increasingly interested in the arts and cultural space – think Google’s Cultural Institute and Tilt Brush; or artist Jeff Koons’s recent partnership with Snap Inc. At the same time, arts and cultural organizations are increasingly working within the digital realm, not just on exhibition and program media and marketing, but on ways of using big data to increase cultural equity, or on proprietary software to run complex production automation (e.g. Cirque du Soleil) . This is the world in which students in this “arts and technology” partnership between Sotheby’s Institute of Art and CGU’s Center for Information Systems and Technology will excel.

Students complete core courses in two degree programs (the MA in Art Business/Arts Management and the MS in Information Systems and Technology) as well as a handful of specialized and interfield courses, all of which lead to a capstone entrepreneurship course called Startup Studio, where students develop and pitch their own arts and technology applications or initiatives.

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The Details
  • Curriculum


    Semester 1:

    • Finance & Accounting for Creative Industries

    • Marketing Management

    • Economics of Strategy

    • Art Business or Arts Management Dynamics

    • Creative Industries Colloquium + Field Study (note field study takes place across semesters 1 & 2)

    • Databases and Big Data

    Semester 2:

    • New Venture Creation or Social & Cultural Entrepreneurship

    • Marketing Elective

    • Art Business or Arts Management Elective

    • Software Development and Programming

    • Communications and Networking

    Semester 3:

    • Legal Foundations for Creative Industries

    • Startup Studio

    • Transdisciplinary Studies Course

    • Management of Information Systems & Technology

  • 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

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