Entrepreneurial Studies in Art & Design


Whatever your career goals are, whether you plan to pursue a career as a studio artist or start your own company; be a freelancer or a creative professional within an existing enterprise, a minor in Entrepreneurial Studies in Art and Design will give you the business skills you need to succeed.

Today’s artists and designers are natural entrepreneurs. Our graduates often go on to start their own businesses, art ventures and studio practices, and many do it right here in Kansas City, a community known for its growing start-up community. Enhance your studio practice with training in marketing, finance and leadership so that you will be poised to successfully launch your ideas.

Through an innovative collaboration, classes will be taught on the KCAI campus by faculty from The Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, a program of the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City providing students with unrivaled access to entrepreneurial courses taught by experts in the field.

The Entrepreneurial Studies in Art and Design Minor requires 16-credit hours. Students in any major can elect to complete the minor with careful course planning.


Introduction to Art and Design Entrepreneurship (3 credit hours)
Gain a foundational knowledge of what it means to work with an entrepreneurial spirit. Topics include creative problem solving; entrepreneurial methods and practices; idea and business modeling; leveraging resources and legal issues.

Entrepreneurship Toolkit (3 credit hours)
Learn marketing; management; accounting and finance; economics; operations management and personal finance through the lens of a creative enterprise.

Creative Enterprise Studio (3 credit hours)
Explore how to recognize opportunity like an entrepreneur, create models and designs for your venture and strategies for getting started.

Entrepreneurship Experience (3 credit hours)
Put your education to practice by participating in an internship or practicum with professionals from the industry of your choice. Or, if you have a venture that you have launched, grow it with additional faculty coaching and mentoring.

Professional Practice (3 credit hours)
Each studio major focuses on discipline-specific professional practice knowledge and experiences.

Art and Design Entrepreneurship Seminar (1 credit hour)
Engage in entrepreneurship events in the Kansas City community and come together to share entrepreneurial experiences.

Entrepreneurial studies in art & design Minor Requirements


Prospective students interested in learning more about the Entrepreneurial Studies Minor and other academic opportunities at KCAI can visit our Admissions page to ask questions, sign up for a campus visit or apply today. Or, you can email admiss@kcai.edu.

Current students interested in learning how to plan classes to earn an Entrepreneurial Studies Minor can contact your academic advisor today or email academicadvising@kcai.edu.