Schools Give Students Both Art and Business Skills

By Catherine Groux
Posted November 18, 2011 10:46 AM

Even business professionals can benefit from art skills.
Even business professionals can benefit from art skills.
Although art and business are two different subjects, many business leaders have found that there can be a payoff for professionals who embrace the abilities and mindset of both. These individuals feel that skills learned in art programs, like creativity, inspiration and intuition, can be very beneficial for those working in the corporate world.

To help students gain a solid knowledge of both art and business, some colleges and universities across the country have launched dual degree programs that allow students to earn both a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and an art-based credential. For example, Maryland's Johns Hopkins University, along with the Maryland Institute College of Art, recently announced that it will launch a joint MBA/ Master of Arts in Design Leadership program, The Financial Times reports. This dual degree program is expected to admit its first class of students in 2012.

Although other schools across the country allow students to simultaneously study business and art, this is currently the only program in the U.S. that allows individuals to study at a major university and an art school, according to the Times.

The 18-to-20 month program will help designers and engineers build management and innovation skills, professor William Agresti told the Times.

"It's difficult to imagine a timelier program, given the tremendous need for innovation, collaboration and leadership for advancing organizations and society," Agresti said.

Another university that gives students graduate-level training in business and art is the University of Michigan. According to the school's website, degree seekers can earn a dual Master of Fine Arts (MFA) /MBA in a program that is coordinated between the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the School of Art and Design. During this four-year course of study, individuals will be exposed to the relationship between visual culture, creativity and business. Additionally, they will have the chance to explore how business affects the creation, production and distribution of artwork.

Master's degree seekers can also learn the basics of art and business at the University of Colorado at Boulder, according to its website. This school offers a dual MBA/MFA degree program in art and art history.

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