Arts Management (CTARTM)

You have the creative ability. The Arts Management certificate prepares you to build a creative career. Learn the entrepreneurial, management, marketing and social media skills necessary to manage your own artistic career; or to become a valuable asset to an arts-based business or non-profit. Class options allow you to individualize the program in your specific creative or artistic interest. 

Following the articulation agreement with Eastern Michigan University (EMU) allows you to complete the Arts Management certificate and your Michigan Transfer Agreement general education requirements at WCC while planning your transfer to complete your Bachelor of Arts in Arts and Entertainment Management. A degree in Arts Management can lead to a variety of careers in the creative industries and grow your entrepreneurial skills needed to manage your own arts business. 

Interested in stacking the Arts Management certificate with another degree in the arts? Contact one of our academic advisors below to learn how you can earn this certificate along with a credential in Fine Arts, Photography, or Graphic Design.

Raechel Espinoza ([email protected])
Laura Beck ([email protected])
Brittany Middlebrook ([email protected])

"Today, creatives are driving innovation in our world. By blending the worlds of artistry, business, and administration, WCC is uniquely positioned to prepare students to become decision-makers and thought leaders at the nexus of content creation and community development."
Rod Wallace, M.Ed
"Every artist must be creative in how they make a living and be an entrepreneur. Working in the music business is a way to stay in the arts and make a living that can lead to artistic/performance opportunities. This also gives artists knowledge and power when negotiating for opportunities to perform and sell their music.."
Michelle Urena, Part-time Faculty/Humanities, Languages & the Arts Dept./WCC

This is a high skill and high wage program as defined by the Michigan Community College Network.

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2024-2025 Academic Requirements

This program is designed to provide students desiring a creative lifestyle the entrepreneurial, management and social media skills needed to both create a sustainable plan for their own artistic skills, as well as access to become a management or creative social media asset to various businesses such as profit, non-profit and creative/artistic.

This is a high skill, high wage program, as defined by the Michigan Community College Network.

Eastern Michigan University, BA degree
(Must earn an AA or AAS with the Arts Management certificate)

Copies can be obtained from the Counseling Office, a program advisor, or from the Curriculum and Assessment Office Web site:

Humanities, Social & Behav Sci
Humanities, Language & the Art
Michael Naylor
Laura Beck
Brittany Middlebrook
First Semester
Class Title Minimum Credits
HUM 181 or   World Cultures Creativity Forum
MUS 180   Music Appreciation: Our World 3
Elective   HLA course or Specialty Restricted Elective(s)* 2-4
ART 285 or   Self-Management for Working Artists
MUS 285   Self-Management for Working Artists 3
BMG 250   Principles of Marketing 3
Total 11
Second Semester
Class Title Minimum Credits
BMG 155 or   Business on the Internet
BMG 168   Facilities and Event Management 3
AUD 170 or   Introduction to Audio Technology
COM 150 or   Introduction to Radio Production
VID 105   Foundations in Digital Video I 3
ART 295 or   Arts Management Capstone
MUS 295   Arts Management Capstone 3
Elective   HLA course or Specialty Restricted Elective(s)* 2-4
Total 11

Total Credits Required


*Specialty Restricted Elective(s) may include:
Art: ART 101, 108, 111, 112, 114, 122, 125, 127, 129
Ceramics: ART 121, 128
Music: MUS 105, 133, 140, 147, 154, 204, 205
Dance: DAN 107, 108, 111, 180
Drama: DRA 152, 180, 204, 208, 211
Film: FLM 120, 150, 160, 185
Humanities: ART 130, 143, 150; HUM 101, 102, 103, 145, 146; PHL 205
Languages: ARB, CHN, FRN, GRM, JPN, SPN
Photography: PHO 103, 111, 117, 127