Creative Industries Certificate

Level up for a world in which creatives are in control.        
In New Orleans, culture means business. But what does that mean for you? 

Music, film and video, publishing, heritage and preservation, and visual, culinary, and performing arts all uniquely influence the Crescent City- but their collective strength relies on thousands of freelancers and entrepreneurs, from local and global networks alike. Tulane's Creative Industries Certificate (CIC) offers a suite of classes that leverage the insider knowledge of diverse creative practitioners and industry professionals to help students build successful creative careers that can pivot and adapt at any time to remain competitive in the ever-evolving digital space. Students pursuing a CIC will create personalized strategies for successful leadership and career development within and across the creative sectors. Understanding the organization of creative sectors and jobs is fundamental to critical competencies that translate to the festival circuit, pop-up scene, digital platforms, entertainment, and beyond.

“Every professor made an intentional effort to adjust their curriculum to the creative endeavors and interests of their unique students.”

- Linnea DeVange        
Student, Artist & Entrepreneur


  • Leadership for diverse teams
  • Branding and storytelling
  • Data analytics for social media
  • Crowdsourcing and creative monetization
  • Legal negotiations
  • Intellectual property and copyright

APPLY NOW!        
Classes are designed to fit the schedules of busy people and the Certificate is able to be fully completed in one summer. Spring courses are offered in-person, and summer courses are able to be completed online. Both semesters offer mentorships, and industry networking opportunities. For returning professionals, applications accepted on a rolling basis. Full and partial scholarships available. 


Tulane students are admitted through the School of Liberal Arts Summer Programs. Students outside of Tulane will be accepted through Newcomb-Tulane College Summer Programs.        

For more information, contact:        
Kendra Paige, Senior Program Coordinator I 504-314-7119        
Leslie Scott, Creative Industries Certificate Director 


  • SLAM 4010/SLAM 7010: Leadership Strategies for Creative Industries                    
    Instructor: Leslie Scott & Leah Hennessey | 3 or 4 credits with 1-credit internship | May 28-June 14 (online) | M-F 10:00-1:00pm                    
    Gain the perspective needed to develop—and skills needed to lead—a diverse team, and examine the creative industries through the lens of social justice and racial reconciliation.
  • SLAM 4020/SLAM 7020: Branding and Storytelling for Creative Industries                    
    Instructor: Nicole Robinson | 3 or 4 credits with 1-credit internship | July 8-26 (online) | M-F 10:00 am-1:00 pm                    
    Harness branding, media and storytelling tools to develop your public relations skills as an artist, and learn how to meaningfully connect with your consumers wherever they are.
  • SLAM 4030/SLAM 7030: Data Driven Strategies         
    Instructor: Sharon Goldsmith | 3 or 4 credits with 1-credit internship | July 8-26 (online) | M-F 3:00-6:00 pm         
    If creatives consider their art their most important asset, data is their second. Artists can use data to find footing and a sustainable path forward as entrepreneurs. The information gathered can then be used to trim up costs, boost revenues, and reach a larger audience. By making data collection, storage, and analysis accessible, students will learn the cycle of making art to make money to make art.
  • SLAM 4040/SLAM 7040: Legal Strategies for Businesses and Creatives                    
    Instructor: Elizabeth Townsend Gard | 3 or 4 credits with 1-credit internship | June 17-July 5 (online) | M-F 1:00-4:00pm  
    Understand the legal principles needed to grow a successful business as a creative, including how to develop and negotiate contracts, and monetize (and protect!) your intellectual property.
  • SLAM 4810/SLAM 7810: Creative Industries in the Community                    
    Instructor: Leslie Scott | 1 credit | May 13-14 (in-person) | 9:00-5:00pm                    
    This intensive introduction to local creative industry leaders through guest lectures, on site visits, and local case studies, is intended to orient the certificate student to the current landscape. This 2day course offers participants a chance to connect with the full certificate cohort, and building meaningful context for New Orleans as a backdrop for this program.
  • SLAM 4820/SLAM 7820/COMM 4820: Business of Sports         
    Instructor: Peter Kunze | 3 or 4 credits with 1-credit internship | July 15-August 3 (online) | M-F 11:00-2:00pm         
    This course provides a practical and critical overview to the sports business by drawing from research in business, economics, geography, legal studies, media industry studies, and sociology. We will talk about labor, entrepreneurship, management, and marketing as well as the structure of the sports industries and their convergence with the media industries, in particular. Special attention will be paid to the business sports in a variety of intersecting contexts: locally, nationally, and globally.

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