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MPS Business of Art & Design Courses

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Course # Course Title Credits
MBAD5100 Business Basics 2.00 credits
The course will provide an overview small business enterprises, and introduce key concepts, responsibilities, and practices a creative entrepreneur should understand regardless of the business practice. Students will review elements of a business plan and how to begin developing a small business framework. Business practices such as market research, budgeting and fiscal management, and pricing will be introduced so students can begin to formulate a mission statement and value proposition for a small business concept. Additional topics that will be discussed in the course include business insurance, intellectual property, and contracts and negotiations. Students will be given a wide range of resources and tools throughout the course to support their small business endeavors.

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MBAD5101 Business Management 2.00 credits
This course teaches management and the management functions of planning, organizing, leading and controlling a business. Students will review service and product business models, evaluate strengths and weaknesses as a business owner, set goals and objectives, and create a mission statement. Students apply management principles to situations art or design entrepreneurs and/or managers encounter as they attempt to achieve organizational objectives.

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MBAD5102 Business Writing 2.00 credits
This course will provide students with writing tools and resources necessary in developing polished, effective communication pieces for various audiences. This fast-paced course will challenge students to develop ideas and approaches that begin to tell a story about themselves and/or the business concept(s) they are working on, and learn how to create advertising, public relations, and funding materials that clearly communicate the goals and objectives of a business.

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MBAD5201 Human Resources 2.00 credits
This course provides students with an understanding of the importance of maintaining fair and equitable compensation and benefit programs will be discussed. Students will be exposed to practical art or design situations and problem solving in the areas of employee counseling, discipline and termination; and workplace compliance laws, such as ADA, FMLA, sexual harassment, EEO and the Civil Rights Act law. This course includes information on the wage and hour laws, workers compensation, and unemployment insurance obligations. Equal Employment Opportunity will be discussed in order for the student to understand its need, importance and legal implications.

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MBAD5202 Taxes 2.00 credits
In this course, students will learn entity structures and the tax implications of each. Students will also develop a working knowledge of personal and business tax returns, where they come from, and how they affect your tax bottom line as well as resources for setting up accounting systems for estimating, organizing, and optimizing the tax efficiency of a small creative business. In navigating the complexities of small business creation and set up, students will explore the differences between local, state and federal treatment of taxes, and multi-state tax issues that will affect small creative businesses.

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MBAD5301 Marketing 2.00 credits
This course provides students with an understanding of the complexity of the modern marketing system—why it is essential and how it performs. Students identify and examine the types of business activities involved in the process of planning and executing the conception, pricing, promotion, and distribution of ideas, goods, and services to create exchanges that satisfy individual and organization objectives. Students learn about personal selling, working with agents and representatives; refining product/services advantages and messaging; writing proposals; networking; and completing an action plan.

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MBAD5302 Intellectual Property 2.00 credits
This course focuses on intellectual property laws including copyright, patent, trademark, libel, rights of privacy, and right of publicity laws. Students examine how employment law affects ownership of intellectual property, and how to spot and evaluate legal issues in art and design businesses. Students also examine how changes in technology drive changes in intellectual property law.

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MBAD5401 Social Media Marketing 2.00 credits
This course provides students with an understanding of social media and social media tools, and how it has transformed the way art and design businesses tell their stories and promote their products and/or services online. Students learn how social media applies to art and design marketing; how to develop a strategy for social media marketing efforts; and how to utilize application metrics for measurement and benchmarking. Students also learn how to create messages in ways that encourage consumer engagement that can contribute to the artist/designer’s own product, service or content.

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MBAD5402 Contracts and Negotiation 2.00 credits
This course focuses on the principles of contract formation, bargaining power, and negotiation tactics. Students develop the knowledge necessary to understand key business agreements such as employment contracts, made-for-hire agreements, client agreements, gallery contracts, non-disclosure agreements, and license agreements. Students review various negotiation strategies; and how and when to identify negotiable opportunities effectively for their art or design business needs.

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MBAD5501 Business Ethics 2.00 credits
This course focuses on the principles of contract formation, bargaining power, and negotiation tactics. Students develop the knowledge necessary to understand key business agreements such as employment contracts, made-for-hire agreements, client agreements, gallery contracts, non-disclosure agreements, and license agreements. Students review various negotiation strategies; and how and when to identify negotiable opportunities effectively for their art or design business needs.

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MBAD5502 Finances 2.00 credits
This course provides student with an understanding of basic financial accounting, managerial accounting, and managerial finance concepts, tools, and techniques. Students learn how to create the four basic financial statements: income statement, statement of retained earnings, balance sheet, and statement of cash flows. In addition, students learn to make interpretations from financial statement data and how to present key financial statement items.

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MBAD5600 Thesis Development 5.00 credits
This course guides students’ through the process of creating their thesis. Students work with a faculty person and a peer group to narrow in on the business idea they will be presenting as their thesis package - a comprehensive business plan as well as a pitch and investor presentation. During the course, students will compile the work completed throughout the program and hone their business idea into a comprehensive business plan, including company overview, product/service description, market analysis, marketing strategies and sales, operations management, and fiscal management and projections. Students will deliver their pitch, and investor presentation during Residency 3.

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MBAD5601 Leadership 2.00 credits
This course examines core issues of leadership including risk-taking, initiative, storytelling, and relationships. Students will examine, analyze, and reflect on the role leadership as well as develop strategies for managing a small creative business. Through case studies, open discussion, self-assessment, role play, and observation of real-life leadership practice, students gain an understanding of what makes a leader as well as develop a leadership style and practice aimed at motivating and inspiring others.

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MBAD5901 Residency 1 0.50 credits
The focus of the first residency is to provide students with a foundation of understanding themselves as small business leaders. Activities are structured around self-exploration, personal strengths and weaknesses, and how personal brand influences a product or service. Students will also participate in team building activities as an introduction to others in the cohort.

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MBAD5902 Residency 2 0.50 credits
In the second residency, students will participate in curriculum extension activities including a public speaking workshop and seminars focused on a number of creative/alternative business topics.

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MBAD5903 Residency 3 0.50 credits
During the third residency, students will present their final business idea in an elevator pitch session and an investor panel session. Students will also participate in a commencement ceremony at the end of the weekend.

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