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Arts Leadership & Entrepreneurship

August 22, 2022 update:
The College of Fine Arts has reopened admissions for all TCU undergraduate students to the Arts Leadership & Entrepreneurship (ARLE) minor effective immediately.

We encourage you to consider adding either the ARLE minor or certificate to your academic plans at TCU!

The field of arts administration is crucial to supporting the vital role that the arts play in our society. The college remains committed to sustaining the offering of important ARLE coursework to provide TCU’s future leaders in the arts with the tangible skills for success in the creative economy.

Please direct any inquiries to Director of Academic Resource Center Dr. Kristen Queen (

The Arts Leadership & Entrepreneurship (ARLE) minor provides TCU undergraduate students with the knowledge and practical skills to effectively lead arts organizations, such as orchestras, galleries, theaters, museums, film and dance companies, and/or successfully manage their artistic careers in the creative economy.

The ARLE curriculum addresses the essential competencies required for running nonprofit/public arts organizations: organizational development, visioning and planning, effective governance, financial management, fundraising, managing staff and volunteers, audience development, community engagement, programming and special events, marketing and public relations, and effectiveness evaluation. The ARLE curriculum emphasizes real work projects and hands-on experience in arts organizations on campus and throughout Fort Worth, strengthening TCU’s relationship with the local arts community.

Undergraduate students completing majors in the College of Fine Arts as well as students pursuing other courses of study at TCU may pursue an arts leadership and entrepreneurship minor with permission of the program administrator.

Students who have completed the minor have gone on to successful careers in the arts — as artists and/or as accountants, fundraisers, marketers and operations managers.

Students also meet regularly with the program administrator to discuss expectations and goals, and to reflect on achievements. To date, TCU students in this minor have gained professional experiences through internships with the following organizations:

  • Amon Carter Museum
  • Artes de la Rosa
  • Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County
  • Dallas Museum of Art
  • Fine Arts Chamber Players
  • Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
  • Gallery 440 / JO Design
  • Kimbell Art Museum
  • Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
  • Fort Worth Opera
  • Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
  • Stage West
  • Texas Arts & Academics
  • Van Cliburn Foundation
  • Warren Douglas Advertising

See the course list for course offerings and descriptions.