The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts supports the scholarly inquiry, applied research and creative activity of more than 400 faculty and nearly 5000 students. This research activity spans more than 100 academic programs and allied research centers in five academic schools: Art; Arts, Media and Engineering; Film, Dance and Theatre; Design; and Music; as well as through the varied programs offered by the ASU Art Museum.
Herberger Institute faculty are not only world-class artists and designers in their own right, they are also a force for discovery in and through the arts and design, inspiring students to become thought leaders who will shape the future by considering the impact of their work on the public good. Their arts- and design-led research strives to improve the human condition through the appropriate application of knowledge and creative talents, especially in the following areas:
Working closely with the Office for Knowledge Enterprise Development and the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations, the Herberger Institute supports this activity through a number of grant programs administered by the Herberger Research Council. These programs have helped Herberger faculty to secure prestigious awards from the National Endowments for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, the Department of Education, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration; as well as from private philanthropic foundations such as Surdna, MAPFund, and the Emily Tremaine Foundation, among others.