Arts (BA in the Arts), BA

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Are you interested in the cultural industries? Are you driven and passionate? Do you want to explore the breadth of art and design practices? Then this unique transdisciplinary program might be right for you.

The BA in the arts is an interdisciplinary degree program designed for students who are passionate about the arts and design and interested in exploring multiple arts disciplines rather than specializing in one.

Students gain an increased understanding of the theoretical, historical and cultural forces that shape the cultural expression of arts and design. Students pursue open-ended paths to explore and develop a range of skills suitable for advanced study in multiple areas.

The major includes a common core for all students, and students may choose a focus from arts administration or entertainment design or they may design an individualized focus that is subject to approval by the institute's standards committee and the dean's office.

At A Glance

Arts (BA in the Arts), BA

Required Courses

A major map outlines a major's critical requirements, courses, and optimal course sequence and aids students in remaining on track to graduation.

While circumstances vary between students and their paths towards graduation (utilizing placement testing to fulfill required math or foreign language courses, fulfilling multiple General Studies requirements with one course, etc.), completing the courses listed in a major map fulfills all of the requirements for graduation.

Application requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Career outlook

As the population in the state of Arizona grows, numerous arts organizations are being developed to provide cultural and artistic experiences for the state's residents. These organizations need and demand individuals who understand the impact the arts have on society and who can be passionate employees committed to the arts. This program provides the necessary skill sets, including critical thinking, for such careers as:

  • arts administrators
  • arts critics
  • entertainment designers
  • media arts authors and publishers
  • museum curators and directors
  • public art specialists

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Special Effects Artists and Animators4.1%$77,700
Art Directors-1.8%$97,270
Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary 5.6%$69,690
Craft Artists-1%$35,180
Producers and Directors 10%$76,400
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators1%$52,340
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education3.8%$62,870
Commercial and Industrial Designers -3.5%$71,640
Artists and Related Workers, All Other-0.2%$65,800
Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes 11.8%$75,420

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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Accelerated bachelor's and master's degree programs are designed for high-achieving undergraduate students who want the opportunity to combine undergraduate coursework with graduate coursework to accelerate completion of their master’s degree. These programs, featuring the same high-quality curriculum taught by ASU's world-renowned faculty, allow students to obtain both a bachelor's and a master's degree in as little as five years.

Accelerated bachelor’s degree programs allow students to choose either a 2.5- or a 3-year path while participating in the same high-quality educational experience of a 4-year option. Students can opt to fast-track their studies after acceptance into a participating program by connecting with their academic advisor.