The PhD in Design, Environment and the Arts Program in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts strongly believes in the benefits derived from an interdisciplinary experience while at ASU. Consequently, the PhD Program developed several academic connections with other programs at the university. Such connections provide our PhD students with enviable opportunities for interdisciplinary studies and research. For example, many courses offered in these programs are both relevant and available to PhD students. Furthermore, faculty members from these other programs can participate as members of a student's dissertation committee, although they cannot serve as chairs.
The Design School brings together the expertise of architecture, industrial design, interior design, landscape architecture, urban design, visual communication design and environmental science. We create knowledge and design futures through the synthesis and collaboration of these fields of study. The school’s collaborative structure fosters innovation through the integration of expertise among academic units, university-based research and practitioners. As part of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts (and the larger ASU community), the school educates designers and fosters research in all scales of the built environment: local, regional, national and international.
The School of Art is the leading institution for the instruction of art in metropolitan Phoenix and central Arizona. Encompassing a breadth of disciplines and a comprehensive range of instruction in the studio arts, the academic fields of art education and art history, as well as museum studies, the School of Art proudly maintains its place as one of the largest schools of public instruction in the arts and embraces nationally ranked programs.
The School of Arts, Media + Engineering is an interdisciplinary fusion of three disciplines with a focus on researching the integration of the human physical experience with computation and digital media through. As articulated on the School of Arts, Media + Engineering website, the research in this field is undertaken by way of:
The Department of Applied Biological Sciences offers its PhD through the PhD Program in
Design, Environment and the Arts
in the Herberger Institute. Consequently, the two academic units are closely interconnected. For example, PhD students in the Department adhere to the same curriculum as all PhD students in the PhD Program.
The Department of Applied Biological Sciences is located on the Polytechnic campus. It has established a reputation as a unit that offers "rigorous and practical programs in applications of the biological sciences. Consistent with our polytechnic vision, our programs involve extensive student interaction with the faculty through experience-based learning activities including laboratories, field trips, internships and faculty-guided research and service-learning projects." Areas of research interest include wildlife biology, wildlife and restoration ecology, urban horticulture and environmental biotechnology.
The School of Human Evolution and Social Change (formerly the Department of Anthropology) is well positioned to provide an academic connection with the PhD Program in Design, Environment and the Arts. Several of its core research themes – Societies and their Natural Environments; Culture, Heritage and Identity; Urban Societies; and Global Dynamics and Regional Interactions – are particularly well suited for PhD students in Design, Environment and the Arts.
Similar to the other academic connections, PhD students in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts can enroll in courses in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change as well as avail themselves of the expertise of faculty by having them sit on their dissertation committees.
The School of Sustainability has several very explicit goals in its academic mandate. Together with the Global Institute of Sustainability, it engages students in new academic and research programs that embody:
At present, PhD students in Design, Environment and the Arts can engage with the School of Sustainability in two ways. First, they can enroll in graduate-level courses offered by the School. Second, faculty members of the School can serve on a student's dissertation committee.
It is important to note that several faculty members in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts have joint appointments with the School of Sustainability.
The mission of the College of Nursing and Health Innovation complements the PhD in Design, Environment and the Arts because it, too, is focused on conducting "cutting-edge research that positively impacts healthcare and patient outcomes across the life span as well as strengthens the knowledge base of the discipline to benefit the health of individuals, groups and communities." To that end, the two programs effectively support each other by way of the concentration in Healthcare and Healing Environments, which is a joint program between both academic units. Consequently, faculty and courses from both the College of Nursing and Health Innovation and the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts become part of a shared academic and research experience.