Seattle University

Interdisciplinary Arts with Specialization in Arts Leadership

901 12th Ave
P.O. Box 222000
Seattle, Washington 98122-1090
United States



Mr. Kevin Maifeld

Program Goals and Objectives

Seattle University is dedicated to educating the whole person, to professional formation, and to empowering leaders for a just and humane world. 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.

The BA degree provides skills that can be used whether the student plans to work as an independent artist or within an arts organization after graduation. Throughout the program, students will work effectively toward the realization of real-world projects and learn to form sound creative judgments.

The 40-credit specialization in Arts Leadership allows students to learn about finance, marketing, entrepreneurship, law, and resource development while studying a specific arts discipline. A student interested in theatre production might choose to bridge theatre and arts leadership while another student might combine arts leadership and visual art courses to complete an interest in gallery and museum management.

Students are required to take a five-credit Arts Leadership Internship at a local arts organization that combines classroom learning with real-world experience.

The Minor in Arts Leadership is a wise choice for the student who is majoring in the arts, as a complement to their studio or performing arts degree. It offers a comprehensive understanding of what it’s like to work within a visual or performing arts organization or to manage a personal arts practice. Other Seattle University students may choose this minor if they have an interest in pursuing arts leadership or administration in the future.

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In order to earn the Bachelor of Arts with a major in Interdisciplinary Arts, students must complete a minimum of 180 quarter credits, with a cumulative and a major/program grade point average of 2.00.

Major Requirements
Students are required to take 65 credits in interdisciplinary arts, including 40 credits in Arts Leadership courses. Below are the required courses for all majors: 
Introduction to Arts Leadership
Financial Strategies in the Arts
Marketing the Arts
Law and the Arts
Resource Development for Arts Organizations
Public Policy & Advocacy in the Arts
Arts Leadership Internship
Arts Entrepreneurship/ Senior Synthesis

In addition to the required Arts Leadership courses, students will choose the remaining 25 credits, for a total of 65, in any combination from the Department of Art and Art History and the Department of Performing Arts and Arts Leadership. In consultation with the student’s advisor, 10 of these credits must be from a discipline other than the student’s area of specialization, and 10 credits must be taken at the junior or senior level.

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For freshmen admission, Seattle University makes admission decisions based on a holistic review of your materials and background. Primary consideration is given to course selection and performance.

Successful candidates complete the following minimal program in high school (each unit is equivalent to one academic year of study): 

English: 4 units
Mathematics (college preparatory): 3 units*
Social studies: 3 units
Laboratory science: 2 units**
Foreign language: 2 units
Additional academic units from above disciplines: 2 units

For freshmen admission, the fall quarter early action deadline is November 15 and the regular decision deadline is January 15.

For transfer admission, ordinarily a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a scale where an A is 4.00) is required for transfer admission consideration. Applications are reviewed carefully; primary consideration given to course selection, academic trend and individual course performance.

If an applicant has a gap in education, they may be asked to establish a current academic record at another college or university prior to applying for transfer admission at Seattle University. Please contact a Transfer Admissions Counselor for more information.

For transfer admission, the fall quarter priority deadline is March 1 and the regular deadline is August 15.

Scholarships: Seattle University Institutional Merit Scholarship determinations will be made and mailed to accepted applicants at the time of admissions notification.  Students applying via Early Action that submit updated test scores or high school transcripts by our regular decision deadline of January 15 will be considered for the best qualifying scholarship  at that time.

Financial Aid: Full financial aid packages, reflecting both need-based and merit-based Seattle University institutional aid, are mailed to all accepted applicants by the end of March. This provides students, and their families time to consider whether to confirm their attendance by the National Candidates Reply Date of May 1.

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