Minor in Arts Leadership

The minor in Arts Leadership is designed to provide students with the practical and strategic skills to become leaders in the arts and is designed to meet the needs of students in all BU colleges. Course selection is intentionally flexible in order to serve not only a broad constituency but also to allow students to hone leadership and thinking skills in particular areas of interest, including arts entrepreneurship, arts administration, and arts activism.

The College of Fine Arts recognizes that artists and creative thinkers need practical preparation for a life in the arts. As natural problem-solvers, artists are already well-suited as agents of social change and possess the potential to also be dynamic leaders. The Arts Leadership minor provides students with the tools and skills to put ideas into action.

The Arts Leadership minor:

  • Provides a range of practical skills, infuses entrepreneurial potential, and instills a commitment to arts advocacy that will better enable students to succeed in the increasingly competitive and multifaceted arts landscape of the twenty-first century.
  • Fosters an interdisciplinary and holistic approach to critical thinking for artists in society and addresses challenges faced by artists, educators, entrepreneurs, and organizations. The minor unites students from the arts disciplines both within the College of Fine Arts and within the University community.
  • Offers an attractive option for students who seek a well-rounded and multi-dimensional educational experience that will better prepare them to launch successful careers in the arts.

Program Outline

A 20-credit sequence of at least five courses, all of which must be completed with a grade of C or higher.

Required Courses (3)

CFA FA 510 Arts Leaders Forum (4 cr)

The Arts Leaders Forum consists of a series of conversations with arts leaders, including entrepreneurs, community leaders, and industry experts. Weekly guests will share experiences with the class. In addition to guest speakers, students will focus on leadership skills and exercises through readings and case studies. The goal of this course is to introduce students to pressing issues in the art world, to gain leadership skills, and to provide insight into career direction.

CFA FA 520 Career Development for Artists (4 cr)

This course is designed to help students identify and develop methods to apply their creative abilities in practical ways. Student will learn how to write a project proposal, prepare a budget, research funding options, and develop a marketing plan. Lectures and discussions will help to guide students in understanding their unique talents in order to reach their full professional potential.

CFA AR 550 Arts Internship (4 cr)

An essential component of the minor, the arts internship allows students the opportunity to gain real-world experience in a professional setting. Through experiential learning, students engage in the arts, develop new skills, expand their professional network, and further refine their career goals in the field of arts leadership. Each student will work with an Internship Advisor and Faculty Advisor.

Electives (2)

Students not in the College of Fine Arts are strongly encouraged to take at least one of their electives in an applied area in CFA (music, theatre, visual arts). A listing of classes open to the BU community is on the CFA website. Following is a list of approved electives for the minor; with advisor approval, other electives may be considered.

Arts Administration

MET AR 690 The Art World

MET AR 766 Arts & the Community

MET AR 650 Writing for the Arts

MET AR 779 Public Art

MET AR 722 Educational Programming

College of Communication

COM CM 420 Ad Lab

COM CM 510 Computers in Communication

COM CM 311 Professional Presentations

School of Education

SED ED 212 Introduction to Positive Psychology

School of Management

SMG SM 299 Management as a System

SMG LA 245 Introduction to Law

Metropolitan College

MET MG 305 Principles of Marketing

MET MG 320 Managerial Psychology

MET MG 301 Intro to Management

MET MG 410 Entrepreneurial Management

College of Fine Arts

CFA AR 521 Site-Specific Art

CFA AR 131 Drawing 1

CFA AR 581 Web Design

CFA AR596 Design Lab

CFA TH 110 Speech Communications

College of Arts & Sciences

CAS EC 101 Intro Micro

CAS EC 102 Intro Macro

CAS SO 100 Principles of Sociology

CAS SO 304 Formal Organizations

CAS AM 301 Perspectives on the American Experience

CAS WS 214 Women, Arts, and Culture

CAS HI 300 American Popular Culture

CAS AH 497 Seminar: Contemporary Art

CAS AH 367 American Material Culture

CAS MU 242 Music and Society

CAS AN 101 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

CAS AN 351 Language, Culture, and Society

CAS SO 277 Technology and Society

The advisor for the Arts Leadership minor is Jeannette Guillemin.