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
CEO, Kendra Scott
Preston James II
CEO & Co-Founder
Director & Advisor
Accelerator Capital Factory
Austin Business Journal
Managing Partner & CEO
CEO & Co-Founder
Double A Labs
CEO & Principal
Co-Founder & General Partner
Co-Founder & COO
Senior Experience Design Visioneer
Kazoo (fka YouEarnedIt)
Richard Garriott de Cayeux
Video Game Entrepreneur
Computing Gaming Hall of Fame
Artsy, formerly of Etsy
Chez Boom Audio
CEO, Founder Mass Relevance
Chairman, Fair Worlds VR/AR
CEO, Founder of Eterneva
Actor and Netflix Star
Celebrated Author, Teacher, and Artist
Creator of Dinotopia
ITD 115: Creative EntrepreneurshipDesigned to introduce an entrepreneurial mindset and skillset to creative thinkers.
ITD 350: Women in EntrepreneurshipDesigned with the female perspective of the journey, including strategies to overcome common obstacles.
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
New Programming for 2019-2020
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.
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.
3Day Startup for Creatives
Nov. 1 – 3, 2019
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.
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
Creative Entrepreneurship Photo Gallery
Center for Creative Entrepreneurship Sponsors
We are profoundly grateful for the generosity of our sponsors.
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.