Interdisciplinary Arts - Arts Leadership

Learn about the Arts Leadership BA program through the experience of student storyteller Emilio Garcia-Corona. Emilio is a musician, filmmaker, actor, and arts leader who integrates creation, conversation, and cultivation into his work on and off the SU campus.

Interdisciplinary Arts with Specialization in Arts Leadership

Degrees Offered: BA, Minor

The BA in Interdisciplinary Arts with Specialization in Arts Leadership is designed for students who want to create, manage, or administer creative activities within a specific arts discipline.  The program combines classroom learning with an internship in a local arts organization so you’re ready for life after graduation, whether you want to run your own business as a working artist or work at a museum or theatre.

Program highlights

  • Flexibility: students balance the arts leadership core with classes in other areas, like business or visual and performing arts.
  • Coursework: classes are offered in finance, marketing, entrepreneurship, law, and fundraising in the arts.
  • Internship: all students take a 5-credit internship in a local arts organization, like the Seattle Art Museum or Seattle Repertory Theatre.

Throughout the program, students will prepare for artistic lives where they take control of their careers by understanding both the creative and business sides of being an artist and demonstrate responsibility when exploring the relationship between creativity, performance, artistic business opportunities, and social justice.


Pacific Northwest Ballet School faculty member Kiyon Gaines teaching a PNB School 2015 Summer Course class.
Photo © Angela Sterling.

Contact Us

Kevin Maifeld, MFA
Director & Professor, Arts Leadership Programs
JEFF 401

Rachel Betron, MEd
Program Coordinator
JEFF 401

Office Information

Jefferson Building, Ste 401
E Jefferson St & 14th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

Mondays - Fridays
9:00am - 4:30pm