Learning Outcomes

Our learning outcomes seek to create a balance between theory and practice, and reflect the university's mission, vision, and values. By the completion of the MFA Arts Leadership degree, students should possess specific core competencies in certain areas including:

  • Demonstrate leadership in complex organizational environments including the dynamics of working with boards, organizational structure and staffing, and working with artists and other constituencies
  • Exhibit understanding of the dynamics and logistics of institutional development related to how art gets presented and produced
  • Demonstrate application of research methodologies to the field including the ability to conceptualize, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate data
  • Recognize and address the legal, ethical, and policy environments for the arts
  • Demonstrate mastery in financial and audience development, strategic analysis and planning
  • Develop a professional perspective on the international environment for the arts and the impact of the global economy

Alumni at Work

Nina Yarbrough, MFA alumna
Nina Yarbrough, MFA '16

Business Development Manager
Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas

Charly McCreary, MFA alumna
Charly McCreary, MFA '15

Founding Member
The Cabiri

Ben McCarthy MFA Alumnus
Ben McCarthy, MFA '15

Executive Director
Three Dollar Cinema

Meini Li, MFA Alumna
Meini Li, MFA '14

Advancement Manager
Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra

Alumni at Work

Events and Information Sessions

Contact Us

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

Rosa Joshi 
Chair, Performing Arts & Arts Leadership
206.296.5367 
joshir@seattleu.edu

Graduate Admissions
206.220.8010
grad-admissions@seattleu.edu

Student Financial Services
206.220.8020
financialservices@seattleu.edu