The mission of COFA’s newly created Center for Creative Entrepreneurship (CCE) couldn’t be more focused. We exist to empower our students with the mindset, skillset and the practice necessary to transform your passions into a sustainable business or career. We are focused on bringing forth students' innate entrepreneurial abilities toward the development of their future. 

Our rich diversity of students includes not only studio artists, sculptors, musicians and product designers, but also gaming developers, designers for 3D projection mapping, sound, artificial intelligence, augmented reality and immersive experiences, as well as Integrated Design students from other disciplines across UT campuses.

Within the College of Fine Arts, we are focused on developing students who are able to move within the nexus of their artistic skills, technology and with an entrepreneurial mindset, so they can look at innovative solutions to address old and new problems.

What Students Will Learn

  • Build a new entrepreneurial identity
  • Develop a mindset which can turn ideas into action
  • Learn through experiential components how to create and grow a company.
  • Understand how to market to audience and customers
  • Demonstrate increased confidence in their ability to take calculated risks
  • Gain prototyping experience for testing ideas
  • How technology enables new creative tools
  • Networking to develop connections

Upcoming Classes

FA 171: Creative Entrepreneurship

Unique # 20605
Designed to introduce an entrepreneurial mindset and skillset to creative thinkers.

FA 171: Legal Aspects of the Arts and Creative Industries Ecosystem

Unique # 20610
Designed to teach students about the legal issues creatives face when starting and running their businesses.

FA 371: Women in Entrepreneurship

Unique # 20630
Designed with the female perspective of the journey, including strategies to overcome common obstacles.


Designer Randy Hunt with Jan Ryan at a Pathways to Entrepreneurship event.

Every entrepreneur’s journey is unique, and that is why I view my role as bringing students a compass and not a map. There are no handrails. The most powerful way to know what you are made of is to learn as much as you can, try new things and believe in yourself.

— Jan Ryan, Executive Director of the Center for Creative Entrepreneurship



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Ideas Lab

New this year, the College of Fine Arts Ideas Lab is a weekly meetup on Mondays from 5 to 6 p.m. for creative thinkers to develop and nurture their ideas. A great opportunity to talk with mentors, creators and artists.

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Pathways to Entrepreneurship

Fall and Spring

The Pathways to Entrepreneurship Speaker Series hosts conversations with creative leaders, artists, and business owners to share their success and challenges. Food, fun, inspiration and community.

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3Day Startup for Creatives

A first in the College of Fine Arts! This is a facilitated 72-hour learn-by-doing FREE workshop where students will learn how to launch a business over a weekend. No experience necessary. 

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Entrepreneur in Residence

Hosted by the Center for Creative Entrepreneurship Center, the Entrepreneur in Residence program is designed to allow students to sign up for special "Office Hours" encouraging direct conversations between students and successful creative founders from the outside community. 

It was very much “learn-by-doing,” incredibly collaborative and team-driven, and really useful in terms of bringing my original idea to life. Jan gave us the right background information, straightforward things in terms of the mindset of an entrepreneur and examples we could understand. She brought in guest speakers who talked about their own experiences and about how to bring a company to market and getting it to flourish. It was an amazingly well-orchestrated introduction to entrepreneurship.
—Cole Godvin, M.A. in Art Education candidate

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If you would like to know more about the Center for Creative Entrepreneurship in the College of Fine Arts, follow us on social media. To learn how to participate as a mentor, speaker or as a donor, please email us at Students can email Jan Ryan to request Office Hours by appointment. 

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Center for Creative Entrepreneurship Sponsors

We are profoundly grateful for the generosity of our sponsors.

Texas Mutual, Workers Compensation Insurance

For more information on how you can support the Center of Creative Entrepreneurship and its mission to foster and support an entrepreneurial mindset amongst creative thinkers, please contact Jan Ryan.

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