Arts Entrepreneurship (Certificate)

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Would you like to add an entrepreneurial skillset 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.

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Arts Entrepreneurship (Certificate)

Application requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Program requirements

The undergraduate certificate in arts entrepreneurship consists of 15 credits. A grade of "B" or better is required in HDA 252 and a grade of "C" or better is required in all other courses.
Core -- 3 credit hours
Arts Business Course (select two) -- 6 credit hours
Arts Policy, Community or Social Engaged Arts Course (select two) -- 6 credit hours
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.

Enrollment requirements

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.

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
Fundraisers 14.8%$55,640
Lawyers8.2%$119,250
Marketing Managers 10.1%$132,230
Museum Technicians and Conservators 12.4%$40,670
Public Relations and Fundraising Managers 10.4%$111,280
Public Relations Specialists 8.8%$59,300
Social and Community Service Managers 18%$64,100
Directors- Stage, Motion Pictures, Television, and Radio 12.2%$71,620
Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes4.7%$64,940
Producers 12.2%$71,620

* 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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