The Master of Fine Arts in Arts Leadership - the first program of its kind on the West Coast - brings together our nationally-renowned faculty in arts leadership with the essential business and management skills necessary for you to meet the newest challenges faced by the cultural sector.
The Seattle arts industry has long been a national leader in the field. Deeply embedded in this extraordinary creative community, our program helps you gain the theoretical and practical experience necessary to successfully develop critically needed solutions in Seattle and around the world.
"As we face so many uncertainties in our world right now it is very difficult to determine how best to proceed. The program helped me learn how to keep the mission at the center, how to ask the right questions, and gave me real world tools I can apply--for example, how to create a cash analysis or projected budget. I even recall role playing in class how to listen and respond to staff in high-emotion scenarios. All these tools are more important than ever to help us manage stress and figure out what that 'next right thing is.' "
"The knowledge and experience I gained from the MFA in Arts Leadership program has been incredibly valuable, especially now. Empathetic communication, situational awareness, and creative problem solving are skills that were honed both in the classroom and in my practicum experiences. Utilizing these skills have helped me navigate the pandemic with thoughtful reasoning and motivates me to share with others the necessity of the arts for years to come."
"As both a working artist and an organizational leader, my education equipped me with an invaluable bag of tools."
Commitment to social justice and professional development complemented by a deep foundation of academic rigor and applied research
Designed for the working professional
Apply classroom learning in real-time with regional arts and cultural organizations tailored to your goals.
Mix of Seattle U faculty and practitioner instructors and connections to area arts leaders
I have relied on the professional network I gained from the MFA program time and time again--both during the program and in the years since I graduated. Having other arts leaders whom I can reach out to for advice, a reference, resources, or even just moral support is truly invaluable. The jobs I have landed since the program have all been connected in some way to the MFA network.Sonia Nelson, MFA '16 Business Manager, Sound Theatre