Arts Leadership Minor at CFA

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. To learn about other CFA minors, click here.

CFA 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 21st 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 multidimensional educational experience that will better prepare them to launch successful careers in the arts.

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

Three Required Courses
  • Arts Leaders Forum, 4 cr
  • Career Development for Artists, 4 cr
  • Arts Internship, 4 cr

Two electives from the list below.

Required Classes

CFA FA 510 Arts Leaders Forum
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
A blend of self-exploration and business skills that encourages arts leaders to “think like an entrepreneur” in defining their career and personal brand. Develop entrepreneurial skills like branding, networking, marketing, and budgeting. Learn financial basics, tools, and analysis. Apply quantitative reasoning skills to make informed decisions, and oral communication skills to be more persuasive and understood in everyday life. Students will apply these skills to all personal endeavors, from landing a dream job to building your own brand. Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Quantitative Reasoning I, Oral and/or Signed Communication.

CFA AR 550 Arts Internship
Designed to allow sophomores, juniors, and seniors in the Arts Leadership Minor to receive course credit while working in a professional setting. Internships provide exposure to a workplace environment and offer the opportunity to use creative problem solving skills. Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub areas: The Individual in Community, Digital/Multimedia Expression.

Elective Classes

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 can be found here. 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 650 Writing for the Arts
MET AR 722 Educational Programming in Cultural Institutions
MET AR 766 Arts & the Community
MET AR 779 Public Art Program Administration


College of Communication

COM CM 311 Professional Presentations
COM CM 420 Ad Lab
COM CM 510 Computers in Communication

School of Education

SED ED 212 Introduction to Positive Psychology

Questrom School of Business

SMG SM 131 Business, Society, and Ethics
SMG LA 245 Introduction to Law

Metropolitan College

MET MG 301 Intro to Management
MET MG 305 Principles of Marketing
MET MG 410 Entrepreneurial Management: Starting, Innovating, and Managing Small, Medium, and Large-Sized Ventures

College of Fine Arts

CFA 540 Arts and Culture in Mexico, Revolution to the Present
CFA 560 Creative Economy and Social Impact
CFA AR 192 Intro to Drawing
CFA AR 521 Site Specific Art
CFA AR 581 Web Design
CFA MH 336 Musical Cultures of the World
CFA TH 102 Dramatic Literature 1: Greeks to the late 19th Century
CFA TH 110 Speech Communications
CFA TH 120 Acting & Performance


College of Arts & Sciences

CAS EC 101 Introductory Microeconomic Analysis
CAS EC 102 Introductory Macroeconomic Analysis
CAS SO 100 Principles in Sociology
CAS AN 101 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

For information on pursuing the Arts Leadership minor, please contact your Academic Advisor in your School, or Brendan Hoey (