Behind every great artist, performer, and athlete are business professionals who manage their careers, festivals, tours, films, galleries, museums, albums, videos, magazines, mobile applications, sports teams and venues. Students majoring in Arts, Entertainment and Media Management (AEMM) gain the knowledge and skills to launch a sustainable career in the music industry, sports and live entertainment, visual art installation, new media and mass communications—just to name a few. Studying on Columbia’s campus in the heart of Chicago provides AEMM students the platform and opportunity to intern and work for world-renowned companies while simultaneously earning their degrees. And top executives from those very same companies are in our classrooms every day—both as guests AND as faculty—teaching our students industry standards and practices, and sharing their professional experiences and pathways to success.
AEMM students learn by doing. They make connections with an active network of 3,000 alumni working for top arts and entertainment companies located in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and around the world. They study international business from the experts by studying abroad—in Paris, London, Rome, Dublin, and Shanghai—at one of our eight international partner universities. They work, for college credit, in student-run ventures—two record labels, a talent agency, an online distribution company, a gallery, a night club and a marketing agency. They are, every day, applying the theory of business and management to practical, real-world situations creating a body of work and experience that they can carry with them into the professional world.
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