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Graduate Programs

The Business of Art & Design (MPS)

Gain the business skills necessary to start and grow a business or be a dynamic manager or creative director. Combine your creative talents with the business education needed to manage projects, finances, marketing, and resources.

The Master in Professional Studies in the Business of Art and Design (MPS BAD) provides a comprehensive, highly concentrated education in business management specifically for artists, designers, and related professions. Fundamental to the work of these creative professionals is the production of creative goods and services--yet until now there has been no business degree specifically focused on their unique needs.

Program Overview

This innovative Master's program meets this need with a curriculum that is designed to give you the knowledge and skills necessary to start, sustain, or grow an art or design related business, or to be a dynamic creative manager working with or within a business. Completed online in just 15 months, with three brief residencies, it allows you to study full-time while maintaining your current work-life balance.

From pitching your idea to crafting a strong marketing strategy, to developing contractual and financial documents, students are guided through every facet of business. By graduation, students have a strong array of business skills and knowledge, a solid community of peers and mentors, and a business plan in hand to help map their professional path.

You will learn the intricacies of intellectual property, human resources, contracts and negotiations, and marketing from successful business people and industry experts. Three unique residencies enable you to work together on MICA's campus, allowing you to build a network of colleagues while learning the most current ideas and best practices.

Who Should Apply

This program appeals to arts-related professionals such as visual artists, designers, architects, illustrators, musicians, actors, writers, craft person, and performing artists, as well as creative-minded professionals who possess a strong entrepreneurial spirit, a genuine curiosity about the intersection, and a willingness to commit to an intensive learning experience.

Featured Course

Business Ethics in Art and Design Careers

Develop the knowledge necessary to understand key business agreements such as employment contracts, made-for-hire agreements, client agreements, gallery contracts, non-disclosure agreements, and license agreements. Students review various negotiation strategies; and how and when to identify negotiable opportunities effectively for their art or design business needs.