​Curriculum in Business of the Arts

Every artistic pursuit requires underlying financial support to sustain it. The Business of the Arts minor prepares you to think creatively about how to craft that economic engine. 

The Business of the Arts minor, generously underwritten by the Ritholz family, integrates specialized coursework, experiential learning and rich networking opportunities for undergraduates who meet minimum GPA requirements and course prerequisites. Through the minor in the Business of the Arts, you’ll:

  • Learn the business fundamentals specific to the arts and arts-related fields through a rigorous, 15-unit curriculum, including courses in arts-focused business management principles.
  • Put your knowledge into practice through a variety of experiential learning opportunities, including:
    • Real-world projects, solving business problems in partnership with leading for-profit and nonprofit arts-related organizations;
    • Contact with leaders in arts-related fields through the guest speakers who address the lived experience of building financial sustainability while maintaining artistic authenticity;
  • Expand your network through exposure to industry leaders and internship opportunities in arts-related organizations.

Business of the Arts minor core requirements and electives (PDF)

Prepare for a Career in the Arts

Students from across WashU are candidates for the program, including, but not limited to, artists, architects and designers from the Sam Fox School, artists from the College of Arts and Sciences, students in creative writing or the performing arts and business students contemplating careers in arts-related fields.