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


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


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.

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.

International Arts Management, BA


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


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


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


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


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


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.

Visual Arts Management, BA


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


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.

Interactive Media Development & Entrepreneurship Minor


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.

Marketing Minor


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.

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