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Minor in ​Business of the Arts

How do you stay true to your art while, at the same time, making it financially viable? The Business of the Arts minor equips you to successfully navigate the "creative tension" between the artistic pursuit and economic necessity. 

This minor is designed for:
  • Students interested in launching an entrepreneurial startup venture around their artistic pursuit (e.g., fashion design, graphic design, etc.)
  • Students interested in a management position with an arts-related nonprofit (e.g., museum curator, marketing director for a performing arts company, etc.)
  • Traditional business students looking for a career at a for-profit organization with a creative bent (e.g., companies similar to Warby Parker, Hulu, etc.)

The Business of the Arts program, generously underwritten by the Ritholz family, draws candidates from across WashU. The minor provides:
  • Specialized Curriculum: Gain a deep understanding of how business principles apply to a range of arts-related entities including the fine arts entrepreneur, the for-profit corporation with an artistic bent or the arts-related nonprofit.
  • Experiential Learning: In addition to guest speakers from the artistic community, you’ll have the opportunity to tackle real-world business challenges through student-led consulting assignments, internships and global immersion trips to iconic, arts-focused cities.

"We know the university has a wealth of incredibly talented young artists, musicians, writers and designers. By providing them with a basic understanding of business and some critical skills, we can prepare them to excel in their fast-changing and supremely competitive fields."
William Bottom, Joyce and Howard Wood Distinguished Professor of Organizational Behavior and chair of the BSBA Curriculum Committee