Courses

BerkleeICE offers courses dedicated to developing students' entrepreneurial mindset and providing critical knowledge to prepare students for the creative industries of tomorrow. The courses can be taken individually or as part of the minor in creative entrepreneurship.

There are on-campus courses for undergraduates and also online courses that anyone can take. 

On Campus

The Creative Entrepreneurship Mindset: Music Thinking| ICE-125

This course covers the fundamental similarities between being a musician and thinking entrepreneurially, and develops students’ entrepreneurial capacities by building on their existing musical instincts such as collaboration, improvisation, the ability to observe, learning by failing, and the discipline of practice.

See the course listing for The Creative Entrepreneurship Mindset: Music Thinking (ICE-125, two credits). 


Business Fundamentals of Creative Industries | ICE-225

This course provides an orientation on the various roles and stakeholders in today's new media industry, the traditional music business, and the performing arts industries. The course also aims to address specific matters related to dance and theater majors, and will dedicate course time to the broader performing arts and artistic nonprofit worlds.

See the course listing for Business Fundamentals of Creative Industries (ICE-225, two credits).


The Startup of You | ICE-325

Students will learn the basics of accounting, marketing, and entrepreneurial finance as well as concepts such as relationship building, negotiating, developing an online presence, crowdfunding, and understanding basic online analytics and legal structures of business entities.

See the course listing for The Startup of You (ICE-325, two credits).


Startup Lab | ICE-425

Startup Lab is an intensive course in product or service design, development, and launching, which culminates with an end-of semester fair/exhibition to real-life customers, financial backers, and other business prospects. You will be challenged to imagine, prototype, test, iterate, build, price, market and launch a marketable product or service in under 15 weeks. 

See the course listing for the Startup Lab (ICE-425, three credits). 


Watch this brief overview of the Startup Lab student experience.

Developing Technologies: Music + | ICE-435

Working with Berklee and MIT faculty, as well as industry leaders, you will examine first-hand the ways in which technology is disrupting the new media industry, including how new tech platforms can be harnessed to impact the future of music consumption, and the impact of music on the adoption of new technologies. 

See the course listing for Developing Technologies: Music + (ICE-435, two credits). 


Innovators' DNA | MB-435

Learn how to creatively solve business problems and build your skills at creative strategic thinking. Learn from individuals who started new companies and apply that knowledge by coming up with a creative idea for a new product, service, or business.

See the course listing for Innovators' DNA (MB-435, two credits). 


Online

Creativity and Entrepreneurship
edX MOOC (Massive Open Online Course)

Tap into your inner creativity and learn how to leverage it for career development or business innovation. Recently rated the best free MOOC in business by FastCo and Business Week editor John A. Byrne, this course, offered for free on edX, features interviews with world-renowned entrepreneurs, innovators, songwriters, producers, creative directors, educators, performers, visual artists, and chefs as they discuss parallels between the creative and entrepreneurial journeys.


Creative Entrepreneurship
Berklee Online

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Being a musician is an exercise in listening, experimenting, overcoming repeated failure, self-discipline, and collaboration—the same skills found in successful entrepreneurs. Creative Entrepreneurship, offered as an online course through Berklee Online, teaches you how to use your creativity to improve business innovation and career development.