Create the future. Change the world.

Prepare for the careers of the future with a suite of transdisciplinary graduate degrees.

The future is technology-driven, transdisciplinary, global, bold and just. Be a part of this future – master the skills you need for emerging careers and industries at Arizona State University's Herberger Institute for Design in the Arts. Skills like augmented reality and experience design, machine learning and artificial intelligence, game design and virtual production, combined with innovation and entrepreneurship, creative practice and civic impact.

With established and new graduate degree programs offered in three different cities across two states, ASU provides graduate students cutting-edge technologies, state-of-the-art facilities and world-class faculty to prepare you for the careers of the future – where you can make a difference in the world.

“There’s no going back. The great acceleration in the use of technology, digitization, and new forms of working is going to be sustained.” – Sneader & Singhal, McKinsey & Company, January 2021

Choose the graduate program and location that is right for you.

MIX Center

Opening Fall 2022 in Mesa, Arizona, the state-of-the art Media and Immersive eXperience Center will house graduate degrees in Extended Reality Technologies and in Experience Design.

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ASU California Center

The ASU California Center, located in downtown Los Angeles's former Herald Examiner building, is home to graduate degrees in Narrative and Emerging Media and in Global Affairs and Management (Creative Industries).

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ASU Tempe campus

Anchoring our three locations, the ASU Tempe campus is home to the Herberger Institute's graduate degrees in Creative Enterprise and Cultural Leadership and in Innovation and Venture Development.

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  • Gain leadership skills and critical perspectives in creative work.
  • Work collaboratively to transform research into creative world-building.
  • Address real-world challenges of the future.

MIX Center degrees

The new Media and Immersive eXperience Center in downtown Mesa features a 3,000-square-foot enhanced immersion studio, high-resolution computers and televisions, an equipment shop, ideation studio, project and audio labs, editing bays and community meeting spaces, among other things. Founding Director Jake Pinholster says the center is a space designed in part for these graduate programs, which allows students to look at the way the world is now and to visualize and simulate it in alternate virtual realities — and then to explore solutions to real-world problems through the use of those technologies.

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MS in Digital Culture (Extended Reality Technologies)

Immerse yourself in the creation of content for virtual, augmented and mixed realities with the Master of Science in Digital Culture with a concentration in extended reality technologies.

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MSD in Design (Experience Design)

Prepare for careers in designing all kinds of experiences: games, extended and virtual realities, interactive environments and more with the Master of Science in Design (Experience Design).

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ASU California Center degrees

As the new home of ASU in Los Angeles, the ASU California Center at the Herald Examiner Building represents ASU’s growing evolution as a university of global impact. The center was custom-designed with an emerging technology curriculum in mind, giving students the opportunity to learn and work in the space to create compelling visual storytelling. The building also serves graduate students in the MA in Global Affairs and Management (Creative Industries), a hybrid program both online and in person.

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MA in Narrative and Emerging Media

Develop a creative practice and critical understanding of emerging storytelling and immersive experience content creation with the Master of Arts in Narrative and Emerging Media, a joint program between the Herberger Institute and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

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MA in Global Affairs and Management (Creative Industries)

The Master of Arts in Global Affairs and Management with a specialization in Creative Industries, a joint program between the Herberger Institute and Thunderbird School of Global Management, is designed for individuals pursuing global leadership and management careers in film, television, new media, music, AR/VR/XR, gaming, design, dance, fashion, theatre, the arts, themed and location-based entertainment and sports.

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ASU Tempe Campus degrees

The ASU Tempe campus is a thriving university community where graduate students have many opportunities, including access to facilities such as the ASU Novus Innovation Corridor for Innovation and Venture Development graduate students. Creative Enterprise and Cultural Leadership students work collaboratively with each other and within the community toward more just and sustainable futures that connect art and design to society. The School of Arts, Media and Engineering has created curriculum that prepares students with both tangible skills in new media, and to be thought leaders in the digital world through a collaboration with five Herberger Institute schools and other colleges across ASU.

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MA in Creative Enterprise and Cultural Leadership

Shape the future of art and design industries and connect art and public impact with the Master of Arts in Creative Enterprise and Cultural Leadership.

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MS in Innovation and Venture Development

Launch your own venture in this one-year program with the Master of Science in Innovation and Venture Development, a joint program between Herberger Institute, the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering and W. P. Carey School of Business.

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Digital media graduate degrees

The School of Arts, Media and Engineering offers transdisciplinary digital media concentrations to students pursuing graduate degrees in 10 different disciplines as well as a unique Media Arts and Sciences PhD program in which students focus on translating and transporting knowledge and skills across disciplines.

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