The Graduate Certificate in Cultural Entrepreneurship empowers students to create diverse, viable, and sustainable projects and organizations that impact social and cultural issues.
Duration of Program
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Cultural entrepreneurs combine their passion for creative and cultural products and programs with creative, out-of-the-box thinking to forge the resilience of the arts sectors and the wider communities they serve. Cultural entrepreneurs employ innovative approaches to audience engagement—like a roving theater company, pop-up museum, or smartphone app for artistic collaboration—to deliver artistic value to wide and diverse audiences and make a positive social, environmental, and economic impact. Today’s cultural entrepreneurs operate in diverse professional environments, from consulting for organizational transformation to launching a creative startup. By understanding community impacts and activating a range of cultural and creative experiences, cultural entrepreneurs play a crucial role in ensuring the vitality of artistic engagement, advancing community goals, and strengthening society.
The Graduate Certificate in Cultural Entrepreneurship empowers students with a critical, creative perspective on arts programming and management and a myriad of creative management tools that harness new technologies for artistic engagement.
The program prepares students to become innovators in a range of artistic and cultural disciplines, from music, visual art, theater, and dance to community building and transformation. The curriculum offers students the opportunity to identify opportunities for evolution in the arts and cultural sectors and to develop critical, creative practices; leadership acumen; and skill sets in arts management, strategic planning, and performance analysis to conceive and implement creative, cultural programming for community engagement and positive impact.
Students will learn directly from creative visionaries hailing from a diverse set of arts segments
The Graduate Certificate in Cultural Entrepreneurship is suitable for a wide range of professional profiles
Program offered 100% online
The program learning objectives provide students with opportunities to:
Develop an understanding of methods and tools used to conceptualize, scope, pilot, evaluate, iterate, and launch cultural entrepreneurship projects
Align creative practice and arts enterprise strategies with opportunities, challenges and resources to achieve varied forms of impact
Apply communication, engagement and evaluation techniques to develop and sustain diverse audiences and stakeholders
Engage in critical analysis of the work of peers and industry leaders by analyzing and contextualizing the quality, viability and sustainability of culturally driven entrepreneurship
A graduate degree or certificate from Northeastern—a top-50 university—can accelerate your career through rigorous academic coursework and hands-on professional experience in the area of your interest. Apply now—and take your career to the next level.
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TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo exam scores for international applicants
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Please contact the program coordinator for details regarding the modified course sequence for students enrolling in the spring.
Graduate Certificate in Cultural Entrepreneurship General Requirements
AACE 6200 - Programming and Community Engagement for Cultural Entrepreneurs
AACE 6210 - Building Value Through Cultural Enterprise
AACE 6220 - Innovative Approaches to Audience Engagement
Complete one of the following:
AACE 6000 - Arts and Culture Organizational Leadership
AACE 6010 - Planning for Arts and Cultural Organizations
AACE 6110 - Information Technology for Arts and Cultural Organizations
ENTR 6212 - Business Planning for New Ventures
Please note: This curriculum is for marketing purposes only and is subject to change. Official curriculum can be found within the course catalog.
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Lecturer, Arts Administration and Cultural Entrepreneurship
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