Master of Fine Arts in Arts Leadership

Master of Fine Arts in Arts Leadership

  • Empowering a New Wave of Arts Professionals

    The Master of Fine Arts degree (MFA) in Arts Leadership provides future arts leaders with an opportunity to merge the latest management practices of nonprofit organizations with the specific skills necessary to lead complex arts organizations.

    MFA students work alongside arts management professionals in local performing and visual arts organizations and are able to apply their classroom learning in their practicum experiences. The blend of classroom instruction and hands-on practical experience prepares students for challenging arts leadership positions.

    Coursework includes strategic planning, marketing, fundraising, budgeting/finance, advocacy, program development and community relations.

    With evening and weekend course offerings, students can maintain full-time employment while enrolled in this innovative program.

    ON VIDEO: Hear from Professor Kevin Maifeld, Founding Director of the MFA in Arts Leadership and MFA alumni. Maifeld is co-editor of the new American Journal of Arts Management.
    The MFA in Arts Leadership is a full member program in the Association of Arts Administration Educators. 

  • Are you interested in being an Arts Leader?

    Come to an Info Session! RSVP Requested:
    Wednesday, January 13th, 6:30-8pm
    Tuesday, February 9th, 6:30-8pm
    Tuesday, March 1st, 6:30-8pm

    Visit our Upcoming Events page for more information.
    Contact Jen Smoose with questions!

  • In The News: Why Shaking Up Seattle's 'Nutcracker' Is So Risky

    Maifield, Kevin
    MFA Director and Professor Kevin Maifeld comments on risk-taking in the arts.
    Read the KUOW article here.

  • NY Times Video - 36 Hours in Seattle

    This is a great introduction to our vibrant city.