Arts Leadership (BA)

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Why Arts Leadership?

The exciting world of the arts needs creative leaders. Combine your passion for the arts with innovative business and entrepreneurship skills to make an impact in a thriving arts community.

Why Study Arts Leadership at Iona?

Our four distinct disciplines – music, visual arts, dance and theatre – allow you to hone your skills into an area of the arts that most appeals to you.

You’ll learn from people who are leaders in all areas of the arts.

Whether you are interested in managing a box office or a band, running a music or dance studio, or advocating for the arts, our program will prepare you for success.

What You'll Learn

You’ll learn the business and public communication skills to help you excel on the administrative and management side of the arts. You’ll join one of our active performance ensembles or arts studios to cultivate your passion and gain perspectives in the industry from an artist.

A final project and internship will get you out into the arts community, applying your skills to real-world situations and networking with influential arts leaders.

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Unique Elements of Program Format

  • Four concentrations: music, visual arts, dance or theatre
  • Internships at renowned institutions
  • Collaboration with the Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation.

Program Overview with Arts Leadership Major Elizabeth DeLeo '22

Combining a love for the arts with a diverse course load, including business classes.

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Program Highlights

Join Ensembles & Studios

Hone your expertise as an artist and keep your passions alive! Creative outlets make for creative thinking and creative people. Participating in a musical, dance or theatre ensemble or arts studio provides unique perspectives of the industry as an artist.

Collaborative Curriculum

Develop a deep base of knowledge in the arts, business and communication as you work with dedicated faculty from Fine and Performing Arts, the LaPenta School of Business, Media and Strategic Communication, and the Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation.


Our location in the New York metro area creates opportunities for coveted internships at renowned performing and visual arts organizations, music academies, museums, galleries and arts centers such as:

  • Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
  • Brooklyn Academy of Music
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Museum of Modern Art
  • Carnegie Hall
  • Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
  • New York City Ballet
  • Westchester Arts Council
  • Manhattan Theatre Club
Elizabeth DeLeo

To find a major where I can do what I love, and hopefully help people express who they are to the world, is an amazing thing. I know the arts is a competitive field, so I am grateful to learn about the business industry that is involved in it as well!

Elizabeth DeLeo '22

Careers & Outcomes

Utilize your art and leadership skills to promote cultural experiences in your own business or at an established arts organization. 

Job Titles

  • Box Office Manager
  • Gallery Manager or Director
  • Senior Account Manager
  • Special Events Coordinator
  • Talent Booker
  • Art Center Management
  • Production Manager
  • Arts Entrepreneur


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