Certificate in Arts Entrepreneurship

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The Certificate in Arts Entrepreneurship combines entrepreneurial coursework in accounting, marketing, and financial management with courses focused on arts management and leadership practices in both commercial and non-profit arts organizations. Students examine methods for sustaining a career in the arts and for making their art viable in the marketplace.

This certificate is a cooperative effort between the:

  • Division of Performing Arts
  • Department of Dance
  • School of Music
  • Department of Theatre Arts
  • School of Art & Art History
  • Department of Cinematic Arts
  • John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center of the Tippie College of Business

More than 80 students have earned the Certificate since 2008, when it was launched as the Certificate in Performing Arts Entrepreneurship. When Art & Art History and Cinematic Arts joined in 2016, the program was renamed the Certificate in Arts Entrepreneurship to reflect the expanded perspective.

Students earning this certificate study the business of creating art, the entrepreneurial skills needed to promote one’s work as an artist, and best practices for starting arts-based ventures. As the founders of so many arts organizations retire, a leadership vacuum is developing across the country. Students can apply the best practices of the business world to advance their individual arts disciplines. Arts entrepreneurship connects the world of art with the marketplace.

Note: This certificate may not be combined with the Certificate in Entrepreneurial Management as the University of Iowa considers these programs to be overlapping certificates.