Important Dates
Fall term 2 begins
Oct 21


Being a successful creative also means being a smart entrepreneur. Develop practical strategies for managing and monetizing your creativity in this introductory entrepreneurship course. You will learn how to navigate the professional world as a working artist and build a self-sustaining career doing what you love. Get the expertise you need to run a small business, work as a freelancer and thrive in your everyday life.

What you’ll walk away with:

  • A business mindset that will empower your to succeed as an entrepreneur, freelancer, or working artist
  • Experience collaborating with artists across industries
  • The fundamentals of entrepreneurship in the arts, entertainment, and media industries

Course pricing and details:

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  • 3-Credit Tuition: $897
  • Non-Credit Tuition: $705
  • Fees: $40 Registration Fee
  • Duration: 8 Weeks

Earn a Professional Certificate:

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Self-Management and Entrepreneurship can be applied to a Professional Certificate, including the Nonprofit Arts Management Professional Certificate, Entrepreneurship for the Gig Economy Professional Certificate, and General Creative Studies Professional Certificate.

Learn how to create a career plan, promote your skills and find clients as a freelancer. Our flexible, online courses are 8-weeks long and asynchronous to accommodate your busy schedule.

What will you learn in Self-Management and Entrepreneurship?

Week One:
-Defining Self-Management
-Writing a Mission Statement
-Assessing Effective Work Samples
-Networking and Partnership Building
-The Elevator Pitch
-Assignment: Personal Mission Statement
-Quiz: Networking Skills

Week Two:
-Self-Analysis by Personal SWOT
-The Value of Mentorship
-Cultivating Leadership Skills
-Developing a Career Plan
-Assignment: Mentor Interview Questions

Week Three:
-Time Management
-Building an Online Portfolio
-Project Management
-Assignment: Time Map and Project Management Plan
-Quiz: Reflection on Perfectionism

Week Four:
-Pricing Your Work & Budgeting
-Assignments: DIY Fundraising Resources & Personal and Project Budget

Week Five:
-Establishing a Value Network
-Artistic Entrepreneurship
-Final Project Prep
-Assignments: Mentor Interview and Web Portfolio

Week Six:
-Intellectual Property and Copyright
-Trademarks and Patents
-Types of Businesses
-Contract Basics
-The Art of Negotiation

Week Seven:
-Publicity and Advertising
-Press Releases
-Digital and Social Media Marketing
-Assignments: Self-Promotion Plan and Press Release

Week Eight:
-Health Management
-Diet and Drugs
-Assignments: Health Management Plan and Course Reflection

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Justin Sinkovich

Throughout his career, Justin Sinkovich has started a record store and music venue, managed a record label and founded multiple music startups, including, one of the first and most influential MP3 websites. His first record store, Landspeed Records, won “Best New Business” of the year (Metro Pulse).

In 2011, the music discovery startup—Epitonic, had grown to include a music and comedy festival, a live recording session series, a record label and a management company. While teaching full time, Sinkovich remains an active entrepreneur, consultant, producer and musician.

Course: Self-Management and Entrepreneurship

"Self-management and freelancing has a very realistic approach to life. Making the tasks more personal and implementing them in the class makes me feel like I can do this in the future."

— Camila R., Columbia Online Studeney