2020-2021 Bulletin 
    Apr 19, 2021  
2020-2021 Bulletin

Art Business, MA

The MA in Art Business offered in Los Angeles provides a solid foundation in the business of art that is based on the instruction from a distinguished faculty drawn from the Claremont Graduate University, Museum Leadership Institute, and the Center for Business and Management of the Arts (CBMArts) own ranks, accomplished professionals, arts leaders, and artists who are reshaping the culture in Los Angeles and beyond.

Core courses in finance, accounting, law, strategy, and marketing are followed by required courses such as art market dynamics, comparative art markets, and new venture creation. Students then go on to select from a rich array of electives that allow students to personalize the curriculum to their own interests and career paths. Art Business students also benefit from access to the full curriculum of the MA in Arts Management.


Admission Requirements

See the Admissions  section of the Bulletin.


The Master of Arts in Art Business is a 48-unit MA degree.  The degree is made up of common core courses considered necessary for CBMArts students, irrespective of their concentration. The remainder of coursework is composed of electives according to the student’s preferred career path.


Master’s Project: All students are required to complete a capstone Master’s Project, which is normally the result of the New Venture Creation and Startup Studio sequence of courses. Proposals for Master’s Projects must be approved by your academic advisor or the Director or Associate Director. Master’s Projects take the shape of plans for ventures, initiatives, or businesses and are presented publicly at the end of the final semester to panels of arts professionals and investors.


Art Business on Site: Travel is an important part of all CBMArts programs. All full-time students will be automatically registered for Art Business on Site in the first two semesters of the program. These study trips offer unparalleled access and exposure to the arts and cultural leadership and infrastructure of cities other than Los Angeles, and as such are considered integral to the CBMArts curriculum.

To resource these trips, every student is required to pay a travel fee in addition to tuition. This fee is not optional, nor is it refundable except in extraordinary circumstances and with an appeal filed with CBMArts administration and the full support of the CBMArts Director.

CBMArts organizes all travel including transportation, lodging, site visits and in some cases meals. Students will be notified of itinerary and travel arrangements as soon as they have been confirmed.

The program cannot make individual arrangements for any student travel. If you need or want to arrange for different flights, trip extensions or any other deviation from the group itinerary, you must do so on your own and at your own expense. There are no exceptions to this policy.