In your first year, you’ll gain foundational knowledge that will be vital to your success in the visual arts industry. You’ll take core business courses in topics such as marketing, management and economics. But these aren’t your average business courses. We tailor them to the arts and media industries, so each example and scenario will make sense for the unique landscape of the creative industries.
You’ll also take a jam-packed survey course called Business of Visual Arts. This course will give you the lay of the land: current trends, opportunities, threats and themes emerging in the field. You’ll explore how different industries are structured and will meet with guest speakers and Columbia alumni to get a sense of what the work looks like day-to-day. You’ll also go on site visits to some of Chicago’s top galleries, museums and cultural institutions and get a behind-the-scenes look at the work that goes on in visual arts management.