Columbia College Chicago

Business & Entrepreneurship

Business & Entrepreneurship offers you comprehensive preparation for managerial and entrepreneurial careers in music promotion and distribution, international arts management, live entertainment and the performing arts, museums and galleries, traditional and new media, marketing, and professional and collegiate sports. We offer eight Bachelor of Arts degrees and a Master of Arts Management degree, as well as minors in Arts Management, Interactive Media Development & Entrepreneurship, and Marketing.

Majors & Programs

For requirements and more information about these programs, visit the course catalog.


Advanced Management, BA

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Superior management skills are critically important to emerging creative leaders. The Advanced Management BA helps you deepen your quantitative and qualitative abilities, expand your business intelligence and sharpen your strategic planning competencies. This program equips you to pursue leadership roles in organizations of all kinds, whether they’re music venues, pop-up art galleries or international media companies.

Arts Management, BA

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Behind every great artist, performer and athlete there is an entrepreneurial and well-trained business partner, manager, agent, marketer or strategic leader. The Arts Management BA prepares you for business careers in the music and film industries, live entertainment, museums and galleries, professional and collegiate sports and broadcast, print, digital and social media—both domestically and internationally.

Concentrations:
Arts Management, Design Management, BA

Students majoring in Arts Management study a core of management fundamentals and have the option to choose the discipline-specific concentration of Design Management.

Arts Management, Film Business, BA

Students majoring in Arts Management study a core of management fundamentals and have the option to choose the discipline-specific concentration of Film Business.

Design Management, BA

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The Design Management major serves students who are interested in exploring the business side of the design industry. Students study the management of design projects in graphic design, product design, web design, advertising, photography, interior architecture, fashion design and illustration. Topics covered include various business models in design, successful project management strategies, career opportunities and the relationship between design disciplines.

International Arts Management, BA

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The business of arts and entertainment is international, spanning diverse people, cultures, ideas and countries. The International Arts Management BA prepares you for a career in the global workplace. You’ll have the opportunity to learn how economic, political, social, legal and cultural policy drives arts management worldwide.

Live and Performing Arts Management, BA

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Producing live events—whether concerts, musical theater and dance productions, corporate events and street fairs—requires a team of professionals to execute them from concept to reality. The Live and Performing Arts Management BA equips you to pursue a successful career in event planning and production

Marketing, BA

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Businesses, nonprofits and the arts need great communicators to win new audiences. That’s the focus of Columbia’s digitally focused Marketing BA. Leading Chicago-based marketing professionals teach our courses, where you’ll cross-train in a variety of communication and business disciplines to prepare you for top internships and attractive careers.

Media Management, BA

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Digital and social-media technology are transforming how we organize, communicate and manage media. Smart phones, tablets, gaming platforms and social networks shape our experience of entertainment and information that was previously only available via television, radio, film and print. The Media Management program equips you for business careers managing traditional, digital and social media entities reaching both niche markets and mass audiences.

Music Business Management, BA

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The Music Business Management program trains the next generation of music industry managers and entrepreneurs. You’ll learn emerging strategies to connect musicians and audiences in preparation for a range of careers in the music industry: producer, publisher, recording executive or entrepreneur. You can earn college credit at Columbia’s on-campus talent agency, nightclub, publishing company and two record labels.

Sports Management, BA

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Collegiate and professional sports management is one of the fastest-growing areas in the entertainment industry. The Sports Management program prepares you to become a leader at all levels of the business by learning strategies for sponsorship, ticketing, talent management and sports marketing at top team organizations throughout the city.

Television Executive Producing and Entrepreneurship, BFA

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The BFA in Television Executive Producing and Entrepreneurship is a professional degree that addresses the growing need to prepare students to launch and manage entertainment projects while maintaining creative control of their productions (a position typically referred to as the executive producer or showrunner). The curriculum is designed to immerse students in the key aspects of producing and entrepreneurship that include expert storytelling, script development, project and people management, collaboration methods, multi-platform distribution methods and project financing.

Visual Arts Management, BA

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Combining theory and practice in the classroom amidst the cultural landscape of Chicago, the Visual Arts Management program prepares you for a career in museums, galleries and exhibition spaces. You can earn credit running campus galleries, curating exhibitions and working with artists and arts professionals as well as for internships at leading cultural institutions.

Arts Management Minor

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All creative work has a business side. Columbia’s Arts Management minor gives you a practical introduction to the management, financial and organizational skills necessary to manage an individual, entrepreneurial or organizational career in the arts.

Design Management Minor

18 credits required

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Design projects have a business side. The Design Management minor allows you to strengthen the managerial and entrepreneurial skills you need to support your own creative career and increase your employability. Students study the management of design projects in graphic design, product design, web design, advertising, photography, interior architecture, fashion design and illustration.

Entrepreneurship Minor

18 credits required

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Create your own career opportunities. The Entrepreneurship minor allows you to strengthen the managerial and entrepreneurial skills you need to support your creative career and increase your employability. This minor teaches students how to realize their personal career goals. The Entrepreneurship minor gives you a practical introduction to the management, financial and organizational skills necessary to manage an individual, entrepreneurial or organizational career in the arts.

Intellectual Property Management Minor

18 credits required

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A minor in Intellectual Property Management helps students prepare for their careers as artists, entrepreneurs, decision-makers and executives in a variety of entertainment industry ventures. Specifically, students will learn to analyze, protect, exploit, negotiate and leverage their intellectual property assets (copyrights and trademarks) in areas of revenue generation, brand building and exposure, as well as artistic and business collaborations. Business, legal and market analysis will further inform student strategies and decision-making processes.

Interactive Media Development & Entrepreneurship Minor

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As a student in this program, you’ll learn to develop interactive technologies such as games, mobile applications and other software­­—and how to turn your creations into a profitable business. This minor combines media business and interactive arts and media courses for a versatile skill set in Internet and mobile industry strategies, as well as programming and scripting media.

Live and Performing Arts Management Minor

18 credits required

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The Live and Performing Arts Management minor offers an opportunity for students to expand their business knowledge and skills as they apply to the performing arts discipline. Students focus on four specified courses in Live and Performing Arts and further explore the field by selecting two additional courses from the Business and Entrepreneurship core of classes and selected music business oriented electives.

Marketing Minor

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No matter where you take your creative career, you’ll need to know how to market your unique strengths. Columbia’s 18-credit-hour, digitally focused Marketing minor offers a foundation in strategic and innovative marketing that can help you promote your projects and widen your career options after graduation.

Music Business Management Minor

18 credits required

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The Music Business Management minor allows you to strengthen the managerial and entrepreneurial skills you need to support your own creative career and to explore career options in the music business. The minor complements major programs across disciplines for students studying music performance, music composition, audio arts, music production and marketing.

Sports Management Minor

18 credits required

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Collegiate and professional sports management is one of the fastest-growing areas in the entertainment industry. The Sports Management minor allows you to strengthen the managerial and entrepreneurial skills you need to support and explore career options in the sports industry. The Sports Management minor will complement major programs of students who are focusing on careers in radio, television, journalism and marketing.

Talent Management Minor

18 credits required

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Artists, performers and athletes need well-trained entrepreneurial business partners. The Talent Management minor allows you to strengthen the managerial and entrepreneurial skills you need to support your own creative career and increase your employability. The minor will complement the academic programs of artists across disciplines including actors, visual artists, authors, musicians, entertainers and comedians.

Visual Arts Management Minor

18 credits required

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The Visual Arts Management (VAM) minor allows you to strengthen the managerial and entrepreneurial skills you need to support your own creative career and to explore career options in the visual arts. If you are interested in managing and curating exhibitions, running a gallery, or working in a museum, auction house or non-profit arts organization, the VAM minor offers a variety of courses based on professional practice.

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