Creative Enterprise and Cultural Leadership, MA
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The MA program in creative enterprise and cultural leadership empowers students to advance innovation in the cultural sector, support creative work and careers, and design public and private enterprises that will strengthen arts and design in the future. The program prepares graduates to understand the complex economic, legal, political and social context that surrounds any innovation or enterprise. Students are exposed to design thinking pedagogy as they increase their capacity for interpersonal communication, public communication, opportunity recognition, network and systems thinking, problem recognition and creativity. Students also demonstrate ability in cultural leadership and knowledge of the creative industries, distribution of creative products, the creative process and management of innovation in the creative industries.

Program offered

Creative Enterprise and Cultural Leadership, MA

Offered by
Herberger Institute for Design & the Arts

Downtown, Tempe

Plan of study

The Plan of study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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Application requirements

Application procedures + requirements

Application deadlines

Applications are considered on a rolling basis through June to start in the fall.

Program requirements

Required Core (15 credit hours)
GRA 501 Creative Environment and Collaborative Leadership (3)
HDA 511 Leadership in the Creative Industries (1)
HDA 512 Strategy: Problem Identification and Opportunity Recognition in the Creative Industries (2)
HDA 513 Creativity and Design Thinking (3)
HDA 521 Arts, Culture and the Economy (3)
HDA 522 Media Literacy and Distribution (3)

Electives or Research (9 credit hours)
creative enterprise development elective (3)
leadership elective (3)
other approved elective (3)

Other Requirements (1 credit hour)
HDA 583 Fieldwork (1)

Culminating Experience (6 credit hours)
HDA 593 Applied Project (6)

Additional Curricular Information
Note that electives are approved in consultation with either the student's committee or the program director.