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 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?


Online Info Sessions are available!
Contact Jen Smoose with questions.


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Alumni @ Work

Sharon Williams (MFA ’09)
Managing Director, CD Forum

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

Kristen Ramer Liang (MFA ‘15)
Engagement Manager, Pacific Northwest Ballet

Faculty @ Work

Deborah Faye Lawrence
Visual Artist, website

Joe McIalwain
Executive Director, Edmonds Center for the Arts

Jamie Herlich
Director of Development, Seattle Repertory Theatre