Summary Project


Soohye Jang (MFA '17) begins her Summary Project Presentation by showing all the volunteer badges she collected while conducting research for her paper.

During their final quarter of the program, students integrate their practicum and academic experiences from the two years of the MFA program into one comprehensive capstone project. This Summary Project permits students to explore a topic of their interest in depth, and requires the use of academic research, as well as their experience in the field, to investigate a cultural sector issue or policy, or an arts management problems. The focus is on applied research: the contribution of knowledge and solutions to the challenges of the sector.

The 6-credit Summary Project experience includes 3 practicum credits and a 3-credit Summary Project class. The full quarter is devoted to the development of the student's selected project, with the guidance of faculty, synthesizing academic research with the arts leadership they practiced in Seattle's arts organizations.

Students present their Summary Project at the end of the quarter to their peers, faculty, alumni, and invited family and friends.

Alumni at Work

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

    Ben McCarthy (MFA ‘14)
    Managing Director, NFFTY

    Meini Li (MFA ‘14)
    Advancement Manager, SYSO

Events and Information Sessions

Contact Us

Kevin Maifeld, MFA
Arts Leadership Programs Director
JEFF 401
206.296.5370
maifeldk@seattleu.edu

Jen Smoose
Program Coordinator
JEFF 401
206.220.8244
smoosej@seattleu.edu

Carol Wolfe Clay, MFA
Director of Graduate Practicums
JEFF 401
206.296.5356
cwclay@seattleu.edu

Ki Gottberg
Chair, Performing Arts & Arts Leadership
206.296.5363
ki@seattleu.edu

Graduate Admissions
206.220.8010
grad-admissions@seattleu.edu

Student Financial Services
206.220.8020
financialservices@seattleu.edu