The Certificate in Arts Entrepreneurship is designed for students of art, art history, cinema, dance, music, writing, and theatre arts who want to learn about the business of the arts and entertainment fields, and who want to develop the entrepreneurial skills necessary to promote artistic work. Arts entrepreneurship connects the world of art with the marketplace.

Why Iowa?

This certificate is a cooperative effort between the:

  • Division of Performing Arts
  • Department of Dance
  • School of Music
  • Department of Theatre Arts
  • School of Art and Art History
  • Department of Cinematic Arts
  • John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center of the Tippie College of Business
Admission Requirements

The certificate may be earned by any student admitted to the University of Iowa who is not concurrently enrolled in a UI graduate or professional degree program.

This certificate may not be combined with the Certificate in Entrepreneurial Management as the University of Iowa considers these programs to be overlapping certificates.


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Careers and Outcomes

This certificate will help you prepare for careers in marketing, publicity, fund raising, financial management, and artist management in the arts or in entertainment.

Iowa graduates have a 95 percent job/grad school placement rate within six months of graduation. Our Pomerantz Career Center offers multiple resources to help students find internships and jobs. 

Student Opportunities

First- and second-year students studying arts entrepreneurship may apply to live in the Arts Living Learning Community, a coed floor in a University of Iowa east campus residence hall. This community includes students from art and art history, dance, film, music, and theatre arts.


The University of Iowa provides a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students through the Iowa Scholarship Portal. Scholarships are available to first-year, transfer, and currently enrolled students. For additional details on scholarships for your program of study, check directly with the department or college.

The Office of Admissions and the Office of Student Financial Aid are great resources for students seeking scholarships. 

Course Work

This certificate requires a minimum of 30 s.h., including 21 s.h. in arts entrepreneurship and business course work and 9 s.h. in advanced courses in arts-based departments.

The curriculum combines entrepreneurial course work in accounting, marketing, and financial management, with courses focused on arts management and leadership practices in both commercial and non-profit arts organizations. Students examine methods for sustaining a career in the arts and for making their art viable in the marketplace.

Students earning this certificate must complete an internship of at least 80 hours in an arts organization. 

See Arts Entrepreneurship in the UI General Catalog to learn about required course work for this certificate.