ENTREPRENEURSHIP FOR CREATIVES
SUMMER AT COLUMBIA HIGH SCHOOL IMMERSION - JULY 8-27, 2019
LEARN BUSINESS SKILLS FROM LEADERS IN THE CREATIVE INDUSTRIES
HIGH SCHOOL PRE-COLLEGE IMMERSION FOR FUTURE CREATIVE LEADERS
The guidance and vision of great managers, agents, strategic leaders, marketers, and entrepreneurs make the creative industries work, and the Summer at Columbia program allows you to learn entrepreneurial skills and strategic leadership from Chicago professionals who bring their everyday business practice into the creative industries.
AS A SUMMER AT COLUMBIA STUDENT, YOU WILL
Participate in a program uniquely designed for high school students by our award-winning faculty and staff
Learn directly from leaders in the creative industries
Meet and collaborate with like-minded peers and graduate mentors from around the world
Participate in various industry-specific enrichment activities while exploring the City of Chicago
Gain hands-on classroom experience, while earning college credit that can be used towards your major should you attend Columbia College Chicago in the future
Have the opportunity to live on campus in the vibrant South Loop neighborhood of Chicago.
HANDS-ON INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE
In this program, you will be introduced to a wide array of guest professionals and organizations, and explore multiple Chicago destinations through the lens of business and entrepreneurship. Students will learn entrepreneurial skills and strategic leadership from creative professionals who bring their everyday business practice into the classroom. Students participating in this program have learned directly from leaders at Google Chicago, Sprout Social, the Art Institute of Chicago, and various arts and media organizations, businesses, and galleries.
YOUR freshman level BUSINESS AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP COURSE
Students in the Entrepreneurship for Creatives high school program achieve the learning outcomes of the Introduction to Management and Entrepreneurship course in Columbia College Chicago’s Business and Entrepreneurship Department. In this course, you will learn the basic management functions of planning, organizing, leading and controlling, as you explore opportunities as future arts managers and entrepreneurs.
This is a fully accredited, three-credit hour course, and is a requirement of all Arts Management students at Columbia College Chicago. Summer at Columbia students who pass this course and matriculate are not required to take Intro to Management and Entrepreneurship as undergraduates.
About YOUR Faculty Mentor
ENTREPRENEURSHIP FOR CREATIVES
Clayton Smith is a digital marketing professional, writer, and entrepreneur with a great passion for live and performing arts.
Clayton has extensive experience in social media marketing and communications, having managed social strategies and platforms for brands like Ticketmaster, NFL, NHL, NBA, and New York Yankees. He is a strong advocate of emerging digital platforms and their potential for positive impacts on non-profit organizations and entrepreneurial ventures. Smith runs a self-publishing services company called Dapper Press. He is a published author and a regular contributor to several digital publications, including the popular Dumb White Husband blog. He has marketing and development experience from Goodman Theatre, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Piven Theatre, and other arts organizations in and around Chicago.
He has been teaching at Columbia College Chicago since 2010, and has been leading the Summer at Columbia Entrepreneurship for Creatives program since 2017.
BUSINESS AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP Alumni
Columbia College Chicago Business and Entrepreneurship graduates have the experience and expertise to pursue entertainment industry work or graduate study in business or law. Alumni work at record labels, talent agencies, online distribution companies, publishing firms, galleries and nightclubs.
BUSINESS AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP Alumni highlights
Here is a small sample of Columbia College Chicago alumni success stories:
Ryan Cunningham ’13 is a publicist at Biz 3 Publicity, a music PR and management firm that has represented artists such as Daft Punk, Lauryn Hill, and Skrillex.
Kate Begani ’08 is an agent at Paradigm Talent Agency, which has offices in major cities across America and in London and Toronto.
Alexandra Field ’13 is assistant director of annual giving at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium.
Jessica Valerio ’11 is assistant principal at KIPP Academy in Chicago.
Eddie Shilaita ’15 is a digital marketing specialist at UL, a global safety consulting and certification company.
Kyle Moran ’16 is a business development manager at MBuy, a marketing firm that helps companies advertise their products and services through various media.
Daniel Avery Campbell ’11 is a branding professional at Million Dollar Scholar, a company that helps keep students and parents informed about college scholarships.
Weston Pagano ’17 is an associate music producer at Leo Burnett, a globablly active advertisement agency based in Chicago.
Patrick VanWagoner ’13 is a talent buyer at Chicago music venues Lincoln Hall and Schubas.
Tiffany Reiner ’16 is a product manager, an archivist, and an intern coordinator at Thrill Jockey Records, a Chicago label that signs indie, punk, and metal bands.