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The Master of Arts in Global Affairs and Management: Creative Industries (MGCI) is for creatives seeking the skills of management, and managers seeking the craft of creativity. It is designed for individuals pursuing global leadership and management careers in Film/Television/New Media, Music, AR/VR/XR, Gaming, Design, Dance, Fashion, Theatre, the Arts, Themed & Location-Based Entertainment and Sports.
This 11-month graduate degree program delivers leadership and management fundamentals for success across sectors (business, non-profit, and government) as well as a digital global mindset and holistic approach to the creative industries.
In addition to hard and soft skills needed to navigate the Fourth Industrial Revolution (i.e. Finance, Accounting, Marketing, Data Analytics, Negotiation, Cross-Cultural Communication, etc.), students walk away with an understanding of how creativity really works. Students attain a comprehensive set of practices that fosters generative and sustainable innovation and implementation geared towards opportunity recognition within tomorrow’s increasingly cross-border and trans-industry marketplace. The program prioritizes industry immersion in every class and focuses on the nexus of art and commerce. Creativity for managers and management for creatives.
Creative-minded individuals looking to accelerate their careers by attaining a global management mindset.
Aspiring leaders in the global creative industries including arts organizations, public and not-for-profit, who seek practical skillsets (finance, accounting, marketing) to advance professionally.
Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is the largest comprehensive design and arts school in the country, built on a combination of disciplines unlike any other program nationally and located within a dynamic research university focused on transformative change. The Herberger Institute comprises the Schools of Art; Arts, Media and Engineering; Music, Dance and Theatre; The Design School; The Sidney Poitier New American Film School, and the ASU Art Museum. FilmSpark, which operates out of Los Angeles and Tempe, is the industry relations program of The Sidney Poitier New American Film School. The Herberger Institute is committed to redefining the 21st-century design and arts school through developing and scaling ideas to strengthen the role of designers and artists across all areas of society and culture and to increase the capacity of artists to make a difference in their communities. Visit herbergerinstitute.asu.edu.
The Global Creatives Industries are exploding. In California alone, this sector delivered $650B in total creative economic output, 2.7m jobs, and $209B in labor income. There is a wide array of career opportunities within the field. Our graduates are leaders in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors around the world. The MGCI will connect you to like-minded mentors and T-birds across our global network of 45,000 alumni in more than 140 countries. Further, you will be exposed to professional opportunities across the creative industries which are populated by thousands of ASU alumni whom you will have access to via the ASU Alumni Association and ASU’s Career and Professional Development Services group, provider of lifelong professional development support to ASU alumni.
Additionally, through Thunderbird’s Career Management Center (CMC), experienced Career Coaches provide assistance with self-assessments, resume and cover letter development, building a LinkedIn profile, finding and applying for job and internship opportunities, interview preparation, and negotiating an offer. Individualized career support and professional development are offered throughout the academic program and after graduation to help students compete in the global job market.
Recent Thunderbird graduates have been hired by top organizations in the following roles: