Would you like to add an entrepreneurial skill set to your creative degree? The business, marketing and organizational skills you develop here can provide an administrative enhancement, moving your creative background toward a sustainable career.
Arts entrepreneurship is an emerging transdisciplinary field that harnesses the skills and mindset of the entrepreneur to empower artists to create work that is meaningful, sustainable and oriented to community and market need. Students across art, dance, design, film, music and theatre disciplines benefit from the business, marketing and organizational skills offered by certificate courses as applied specifically to and within the arts.
At A Glance
All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:
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The undergraduate certificate in arts entrepreneurship consists of 15 credits including nine credit hours of required courses. Of the remaining credits, three credits must be taken from each category of electives shown below: arts business; and arts policy, community, or socially engaged arts. A grade of "C" or better is required in all courses.
HDA 252 Foundations of Arts Entrepreneurship (3)
HDA 420 Design and the Arts Business Administration (3)
THP 452 Arts Entrepreneurship Seminar (3)*
*This is a culminating experience to the certificate program.
ARA 396 Professional Practices for Design and the Arts (3)
ARA 460 Gallery Exhibitions (3)
DSC 394 Design Entrepreneurship and Society (3)
FMP 417 Business Ethics in Entertainment (3)
FMP 494 Business of Media Industries (3)
MUE 494 Collaborative Entrepreneurship in the Arts (3)
MUP 494 The Enterprising Musician (3)
THP 351 Arts Management (3)
THP 450 Theatre Organization and Management (3)
Arts Policy, Community or Socially Engaged Arts
ARS 494 Arts and Public Policy (3)
ARS 498 Art and Politics, L (3)
ARS 441 Public Art (3)
HDA 310 Socially Engaged Practice (3)
MHL 494 Music and Movement in Urban Culture (3)
MUP 494 Music Product Creation and Development (3)
THP 482 Theatre for Social Change, C (3)
*Other course options may be approved by the certificate program coordinator.
Plan of study:
The plan includes a significant final project in the eighth semester seminar that serves as a capstone for the certificate:
Semester 4: HDA 252 Foundations of Arts Entrepreneurship (3), followed by application to the certificate program
Semester 5:Arts Business course from the list above (3)
Semester 6:HDA 420 Design and the Arts Business Administration (3)
Semester 7: Arts Policy, Community or Socially Engaged Arts course from list above (3)
Semester 8: THP 452 Arts Entrepreneurship Seminar (3)
Depending upon a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.
The certificate in arts entrepreneurship, meant to extend the study of an individual arts discipline, is available only to current students with a major within the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.
Students may be admitted to the certificate program upon completion of HDA 252 Foundations Arts and Design Entrepreneurship with a grade of "B" or better (scale is 4.00 = "A") and an overall GPA of 3.00 or higher. Students must submit an application to the Herberger Institute Office of Student Success. Herberger Institute students meeting the course and GPA requirements may enroll in the certificate, and a Herberger Institute advisor will add the certificate plan code to the student's record.
A student pursuing an undergraduate certificate must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at ASU. Undergraduate certificates are not awarded prior to the award of an undergraduate degree. A student already holding an undergraduate degree may pursue an undergraduate certificate as a nondegree-seeking graduate student.
The certificate in arts entrepreneurship provides an excellent foundation for those who want to work in arts management and provides each student the unique opportunity to explore their own creative process and ability to collaborate with others. Additionally, the program's liberal arts emphasis prepares graduates for a variety of careers.