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College of Arts and Sciences
Master Of Fine Arts In Arts Leadership

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 course offerings, students can continue to work 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?

Join us for an Information Session!

RSVP requested via the links below.

Thursday, February 16, 5:00 - 5:45pm PST
Wednesday, April 5, 5:00 - 5:45pm PST

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Contact Jen Smoose with questions.


IN THE NEWS: Professor Kevin Maifeld, director of the MFA program, was elected vice president of the Association of Arts Adminstratration Educators, an international organization of colleges and universities that focuses on training in arts management and establishing standards of education for arts adminstration. In addition, Maifeld is co-founder and co-editor of the American Journal of Arts Management. More here.


NY Times Video - 36 Hours in Seattle

This is a great introduction to our vibrant city.


Alumni @ Work

Nina Yarbrough (MFA ’16)
Capital Campaign Associate, Seattle Opera

Ben McCarthy (MFA ‘14)
Director of Individual Giving, Seattle International Film Festival

Meini Li (MFA ‘14)
Advancement Manager, Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra

Faculty @ Work

Jessica Howard
Director of Sales, ACT Theatre

Joe McIalwain
Executive Director, Edmonds Center for the Arts

Roxanne Hornbeck
Co-Founder & Managing Director, quiet