Certificate Program in Creative Entrepreneurship

Acquire the skills to financially support yourself as a visual artist or entrepreneur in art and related design fields with Temple’s Undergraduate Certificate in Creative Entrepreneurship. This 12-credit certificate is a collaboration between the Tyler School of Art and Architecture and the Fox School of Business and Management and designed for students looking to turn their creative practice into a viable business enterprise. The certificate program teaches entrepreneurship and basic business acumen through a blend of coursework and optional internships offered through both the Fox and Tyler schools.

Participate in a social impact or new venture internship as well as a field internship that provides hands-on learning and practical experience in a setting relevant to your course of study. Learn the necessary skills to make a living as an artist including

  • how to launch your freelancing business or a startup company,
  • using trials and tests on your way to success,
  • seeking investors and funding, and
  • strategic management and business plans, among other topics.

The certificate is available for alumni, continuing ed/nonmatriculating students, and students in other Tyler and non-Tyler degree programs, except for the BFA with entrepreneurship degree programs.

Classes & Curriculum

Coursework for the Certificate in Creative Entrepreneurship focuses on developing the knowledge and skills to turn creative passion into a successful business enterprise. Students learn the skills they need to succeed as working artists through a mix of coursework, field internships and study abroad opportunities.

Tyler course options include

  • Art Career Workshop,
  • Field Internship,
  • Professional Practices in Craft,
  • Rome Internship, and
  • The Business of Design.

Learn more about the coursework for the Creative Entrepreneurship Certificate (Undergraduate).

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Internships & Opportunities

Every year, Tyler students benefit from exposure to scores of artists, scholars, designers and professionals who are at the top of their fields. Students meet with these inspiring individuals through lectures, studio visits, demonstrations and more—including major speaker programs such as the Jack Wolgin Visiting Artist and Lecturer, the Laurie Wagman Visiting Artist and Artist-in-residence Series in Glass, and the Marjorie Margolies Visiting Artist Program in Painting. Learn more about our programs for visiting artists, designers and scholars.

Students also connect with a plethora of arts projects, programs, studios, workshops, design firms, art centers and collections for internships, residencies and other opportunities, regularly listed in Tyler’s biweekly newsletter, The WHAT.


Pursuing a certificate in art and design will teach you how to be a dynamic thinker and problem-solver—two of the most valued skills that today’s employers seek in new hires. Art and design programs teach creative ways of seeing, thinking and making.

Students learn versatility and technical skills while becoming adept in traditional practice and new technologies. Students enter a competitive workforce at the head of the pack, ready to use their skill sets and creativity to tackle society’s toughest challenges.

Tyler career coaches specialize in the types of jobs available in the arts and built environment, mentoring students on everything from cover letters to interviews to career advice.

Temple’s Career Center is another resource that empowers students to find pathways to future success. The Career Center offers comprehensive career development services, from résumés and interviews to finding internships and jobs.

Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, the Certificate Program offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. Learn more about our tuition and fees.

These tuition costs apply to the 2023–2024 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $17,976.00 per year
Out-of-state: $32,376.00 per year


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