Duke in Chicago

Arts Entrepreneurship

Learn the business. See the sights. Meet the experts.

Duke in Chicago Arts Entrepreneurship is a six-week, two-course credit program for entrepreneurs who love the arts and for artists who want to become entrepreneurial.

Through meetings, internships, mentorships, and site visits with prominent individuals in arts-related fields, students will gain valuable knowledge of how arts entrepreneurs have shaped the development of Chicago’s unique theater, music, dance, visual arts, and comedy scene. They will learn how these entrepreneurs have anticipated and resolved complicated problems in the relationship among artistic, administrative, and financial factors. 

Chicago, with its history of storefront startups, provides a unique training ground for students to meet the challenge presented by the second course: devise, workshop, and produce an arts-based event.  Students—with artistic and/or business acumen—will form teams. These teams will develop skills of agency, self-motivation, fundraising, marketing, and producing; exercise planning and communication functions; master the elevator pitch; devise innovative ways to do, fund, and market their work; learn business skills to maximize creative opportunity; use social media to develop their audience.

Participants will come together, develop connections, build relationships, collaborate, and develop the habit of mind to put their artistic work out into the contemporary world. They will learn how to take better charge of their future careers.

Internships

Get experience in the field through an internship in marketing, administration, archiving, grant writing, presenting, and studio management with organizations such as:

  • The Second City, world’s premier comedy club/theater and school of improvisation
  • Steppenwolf Theatre Company
  • Harpo Creative Works TV
  • Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Leo Burnett Advertising
  • eighth blackbird, contemporary chamber music sextet
  • Artisan Talent
  • Joffrey Ballet, and more!

Guest Speakers

Learn from famed guest speakers such as:

  • Welz Kauffmann, President/CEO of Ravinia Festival
  • Martha Lavey, Artistic Director of Steppenwolf
  • Theaster Gates, Installation Artist, Social Practice Artist
  • Robin Hammond, Director of Marketing, The Second City
  • Peter Taub, directs performing arts programs, Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Katie Berenbom, Senior Producer Harpo Creative Works
  • Steve Albert, Executive Director, Court Theatre

Chicago Arts Scene

Experience Chicago’s vibrant arts scene with visits to Millennium Park; The Art Institute of Chicago; The Museum of Contemporary Art; DuSable Museum of African American History; River North galleries; Chicago Architecture Tour; and Frank Lloyd Wright Houses.

See performances across all tiers of the Chicago theatre scene, from Goodman, Steppenwolf, and Victory Gardens to the booming storefront scene. Enjoy free music, food, and art festivals.

  • ACADEMICS
  • MISSION & GOALS
  • INTERNSHIPS/WRITING CLASSES

ACADEMICS

THEATRST 316SA
stARTup Project

Cross listings: VMS 315SA / AMI 316SA / DANCE 307SA / MUSIC 316SA / I&E 316SA* (ALP, R). MMS Approved.

Instructor: Coleman

*Relation to I&E Certificate: The work to create an original production as part of this course satisfies the 150 hour experience requirement for the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Certificate. 

This project based class challenges teams of writers, actors, dancers, visual/media artists, musicians, and managers—through collective brainstorming—to devise, workshop, and produce an arts-based event. Students will master the elevator pitch, conduct production meetings, develop fundraising and marketing strategies, devise a publicity/marketing scheme, manage a budget, rehearse, and present the work at the end of the term.

THEATRST 217SA
The Economics of Art (The Chicago Scene)

Cross listings: VMS 221SA / AMI 217SA / DANCE 279SA / MUSIC 217SA / I&E 217SA* (ALP, CCI). MMS Approved. 

Instructor: McAuliffe

*Relation to I&E Certificate: This course satisfies either the gateway or elective course requirement for the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Certificate program

This guest speaker course introduces students to Chicago and connects them with prominent arts professionals, including Duke alumnae and potential mentors, who will speak about their own experience combining arts and entrepreneurship in such fields as theater, visual/media arts and advertising, film, music, dance, marketing and communications, writing, producing, performance, design, directing, and comedy. Class includes choice of: 1) an internship in arts administration, marketing, or development; or 2) a performance/writing class; and participation in Duke Global Entrepreneurship Networking events.

MISSION & GOALS

Mission

To immerse entrepreneurs who love the arts and artists who want to become entrepreneurial in Chicago’s unique theater, music, dance, visual arts, and comedy scene. Through meetings, internships, mentorships, and site visits with prominent individuals in arts-related fields, students will gain valuable knowledge from arts entrepreneurs who have anticipated and resolved complicated problems in the relationship among artistic, administrative and financial factors. Students will form teams. Each team will devise, create, produce, and market an arts-based event.

Goals

  1. Develop skills of agency, self-motivation, fundraising, marketing, management, and producing.
  2. Exercise planning and communication functions; master the elevator pitch.
  3. Maximize creative opportunity. Devise innovative ways to create their work.
  4. Develop problem-solving techniques and experience.
  5. Network with professionals in arts-related fields.
  6. Our goal is for students to come together, develop connections, build relationships, collaborate, and develop the habit of mind to put their artistic work out into the contemporary world and learn how to take better charge of their future careers.

INTERNSHIPS/WRITING CLASSES

INTERNSHIPS / COMEDY CLASSES

The Economics of Art (The Chicago Scene) requires students to EITHER 1) do an internship in arts administration, marketing, or development; OR 2) take a class in performance or writing.

Option 1: Internship

The internship option can provide amazing pre-professional experiences as well as networking opportunities for the students on Duke in Chicago Arts Entrepreneurship. For some students, this may lead to their being hired full-time after graduation.

Students are responsible for finding their own internships, though the program offers guidance in this process. Students are required to work at their internships for a minimum of 10 hours a week.

PAST INTERNSHIPS

International Students

*Important!  If you are an international student studying at Duke on a visa (such as F-1), please read these guidelines and contact the Duke Visa Services Office immediately about obtaining the required CPT or OPT authorization for the internship if you decide to do an internship as opposed to a performance or writing class (see below).


Option 2: Improv or sketch writing classes at the Second City or iO

Students who opt to take a performance or writing class can choose from a variety of classes offered through The Second City and iO, premiere training centers.

COMEDY CLASSES IN IMPROVISATION AND WRITING

  • PROGRAM SCHEDULE
  • MEALS & ACCOMMODATIONS

PROGRAM SCHEDULE

Summer 2017

Arrival date: Saturday, July 1, 2017

End date of program: Sunday, August 13, 2017 (this is the earliest date that students can depart the program)

MEALS & ACCOMMODATIONS

Students are housed in residence halls at Roosevelt University in downtown Chicago, an area with many diverse restaurants. Breakfast is included in the cost of the program, and kitchen areas are also available in the residence halls.

ESTIMATED COSTS

Summer 2017

Estimates are based on previous years’ programs. All costs are subject to change.

  Duke Students Non-Duke Students
Tuition $6,582 $6,582
Program Fee $1,510 $1,510
Transcript Fee N/A $40
Other Costs Other Costs Other Costs
TOTAL (Estimated) $11,297 $11,337

 

Included in Program Fee

  • Accommodations
  • Breakfast
  • Program-sponsored activities and excursions
  • Orientation program
  • Internet usage

Not Included in Program Fee

Use the following list to assist with budgeting for expenses outside the program fee. This list contains common examples but should not be considered exhaustive. 

The program fee does not include: 

  • Airfare
  • Airport transportation to/from program site
  • Local transportation
  • On-site accident and health insurance policy
  • Out-of-pocket medical expenses
  • Mobile phone
  • Laundry
  • Independent travel and entertainment
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Incidentals

Personal Spending

Personal expenses can fluctuate greatly depending upon habits and preferences of the individual. It’s also wise to budget for unexpected expenses such as medical emergencies. 

Payment Due Dates

Step 1: Within 2 weeks of acceptance to the program, submit the Summer Participation Agreement found in your MyGlobalEd application to confirm your enrollment. A parent/guardian’s co-signature is required. This form takes the place of a deposit.

NOTE: If you withdraw after March 31, you will be charged a cancellation fee of $2,000 for this 2-credit program.  

Step 2: Summer invoices will be sent via email to your Duke email address and home email address. Remit payment to the Bursar per due date and address indicated on your online statement. All financial arrangements involving Duke University must be completed prior to departure for the program.

Duke Bursar’s Office

Financial Aid

Duke students receiving financial aid are eligible for aid for this program (work-study funds must be converted to loans). Students are individually responsible for making the necessary arrangements with the Office of Undergraduate Financial Aid and the Bursar. Non-Duke students are not eligible to receive financial aid at Duke and should contact their home institutions for financial aid information. 

Duke Financial Aid Office 

Duke Bursar’s Office

Scholarships

Several scholarships are available to students interested in this program and/or the arts. View scholarship opportunities.

FINANCIAL AID & SCHOLARSHIPS

Duke undergraduates who receive need-based financial aid during the academic year are eligible to receive financial aid for up to two Duke summer study away programs (one summer session each) offering either one or two courses of credit. This aid is offered in addition to the eight basic academic year semesters of financial aid. For information on how financial aid awards for Duke summer study away programs are calculated, please see the Duke Financial Aid website.

When applying for a Duke summer study away program, you do not have to complete a separate financial aid application. Once you enroll in a Duke summer Global Education program, the Financial Aid Office will determine your award automatically if you are eligible.

Duke does not offer financial aid to non-Duke students. You are advised to consult with the financial aid office at your home institution.

Duke Undergraduate Research – Creative Arts Grants

The Duke Undergraduate Research Support Office lists several opportunities for awards related to the arts. 

Alex Cohen Awards

The Alex Cohen Awards, funded by the Alex Cohen Endowment and the Department of Theater Studies, support students' individual or group projects that have both educational value and artistic merit.

Benenson Awards in the Arts

The Benenson Awards in the Arts provide funding for fees, travel, and other educational expenses for arts-centered projects proposed by undergraduates. Approximately 20 awards are made each year; recent awards have ranged from $600-$4,500 with an average award size of $1,800.

Deans' Summer Research Fellowship

The Deans' Summer Fellowship Program supports undergraduate research and inquiry in the arts and sciences. Trinity students may receive up to $3,000 for a proposed summer research project.

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowships

The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowships for current sophomores and juniors include stipends and allowances up to $5,250 for summer research support.

Forlines Family Theater Studies Grant

The Forlines Family Theater Studies fund supports internships for undergraduates in professional theater settings and other co-curricular experiences for theater students. The combination of academic coursework and hands-on learning is a hallmark of Duke’s approach to theater studies. Submit (1) an application form, (2) a project description and statement of goals, and (3) a letter of recommendation from theater faculty.

CONTACT

Paul Paparella

GEO Asst. Director & Regional Manager

APPLY

Apply Now

This program has rolling admission. Students applying to the Duke in Chicago Arts Entrepreneurship summer 2017 program should submit the following to the Global Education Office:

  1. Online application
  2. Official transcript(s) from all colleges and universities attended.
  3. Personal statement, no longer than one page, explaining why you would like to participate on this program
  4. Academic letter of recommendation (one)

Non-Duke Applicants: Non-Duke students must be degree-seeking students in good standing at an accredited college or university. Students who are not matriculated at a college or university are not eligible to participate in study abroad on Duke’s programs.

In order to transfer credit for the courses, they must consult their advisor and/or registrar.

Summer program and scholarship applications, as well as financial aid information for Duke in Chicago Arts Entrepreneurship will be accepted on a rolling admissions basis with a final deadline of February 1.

Applications received after February 1 will be processed on a space-available basis.

NOTE:  INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE FORWARDED TO THE PROGRAM DIRECTORS FOR CONSIDERATION.

GEO policy for graduating seniors who wish to apply for a Duke summer study abroad/away program:

Students must be active, matriculated students in order to participate in any Duke-in summer programs, including Duke’s domestic summer programs. All program courses must be taken for graded credit. If seniors plan to graduate in May of the year they plan to study abroad in the summer, they will not be eligible to participate on any of our summer programs unless they receive approval from their academic dean at Duke to delay their graduation until after the summer program has ended.

Non-Duke students planning to graduate in May in the year they plan to study abroad in the summer must provide approval to delay their graduation until after the summer program has ended from the appropriate official at their home institution. Such approval must be furnished in writing to GEO before the student will be allowed to participate in the summer program. This approval may be sent via email to the appropriate program assistant at GEO. 

Duke students who defer their graduation to participate in study abroad should consult with their financial aid advisor in the Duke Office of Undergraduate Financial Aid to determine whether they are eligible for a summer aid package and/or a GEO summer scholarship.