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New degrees

BA in Art (Art Studies) (Online)

The BA in art with a concentration in art studies is a multidisciplinary program with a broad educational foundation in the arts and General Studies with a curriculum unparalleled in its scope of course offerings from across the university. This concentration offers students a great deal of flexibility in planning coursework. Students, in consultation with faculty advisors, can design a course of study focused on their individual aspirations. This uniquely open degree program features coursework in art history, studio art, and a range of arts-related topics, including performing arts and the history of performance, and fields such as African and African American studies, American Indian studies, history, languages and literature, and women's studies.

BA in Film (Filmmaking Practices) (Los Angeles)

Students who pursue the BA in film with a concentration in filmmaking practices receive grounding in fundamental production skills; entertainment and media ethics; feature, short and episodic screenwriting; and general film and media industry history and practices. The Los Angeles location for the BA in film with a concentration in filmmaking practices is accepting transfer students with an associate degree in film or media production from select California community colleges for the fall 2022 term.

MA in Narrative and Emerging Media

The Los Angeles-based MA in Narrative and Emerging Media (MA-NEM) focuses on the development of a creative practice and critical understanding of emerging storytelling and immersive experience content creation in augmented, virtual and extended reality, and short-form digital, streaming and virtual production. The program is a collaborative effort between the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

MSD in Design (Experience Design)

The MSD program with a concentration in experience design focuses on design practices for virtual experiences in extended reality technologies, including environmental design, programmatic in both real and virtual universes, rapid prototyping, storytelling and worldbuilding. This program is unique among emerging media programs, with the application of these technologies and practices in socially engaged and transdisciplinary modalities, taking tools that evolved primarily from and for entertainment and applying them to the modeling of real-world challenges and futures.

MS in Innovation and Venture Development

The Master of Science in Innovation and Venture Development is a one-year, transdisciplinary partnership between three leading schools at ASU: the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, and W. P. Carey School of Business. Students will be part of a small founding team expected to create and develop a start-up venture and defend it, supported by the MSIVD ecosystem of faculty, like-minded peers, and mentors. This is an experience-based program that prepares students to lead cross-disciplinary teams, identify needs and evaluate opportunities, and create and launch scalable business models that provide value to all stakeholders. Students leave with a road map for successful ventures, whether they’re looking to start something on their own or lead innovation inside a large organization.

MS in Futures and Design

The MS program in futures and design combines future-focused theories and practices, including speculative design, science fiction and foresight studies, to investigate and craft alternative futures. Students learn a range of future-oriented theories and methods used today by organizations --- and invent the theories and methods of tomorrow. Students explore a variety of epistemological perspectives and experiential processes to systematically define complex problems and explore robust strategies of change. In doing so, they diversify their critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

MS in Digital Culture (Extended Reality Technologies)

The MS program in digital culture with a concentration in extended reality technologies focuses on the development of innovative tools and methodologies for extended reality and immersive technologies, including simulation, visualization, interaction, computer vision, human-computer interaction, experience design, artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Students develop a fundamental understanding of how emerging media technologies can be used to create virtual worlds that simulate the existing world alongside entirely new ones. In addition, students develop skills in programming languages and software applications necessary to these production workflows, and they have the ability to manage projects; work effectively in collaborative teams transform research into creative and technological products and reflect upon the ethical, cultural and social frameworks within which their work occurs.

BFA in Digital Photography (Online)

The BFA in digital photography at ASU is an online program that combines the flexibility of online learning with the rigor of a studio art program. Working with a faculty of professional artists, you have the opportunity to master technical skills and learn about conceptual issues in digital photography. Through assignments, readings, lectures, critiques, discussion and projects, students work with classmates, artists and faculty to develop and refine their own creative vision and comprehensive knowledge of the theory, practice and history of photography. Not bound by traditional schedules or the limitations of location, this program's flexibility creates a unique community of instructors and students and provides excellent studio-practice art education to a wide and diverse student population. The degree culminates in a capstone course dedicated to producing a self-defined final portfolio of accomplished work.

ASU offers this program in an online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year.

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MA in Creative Enterprise and Cultural Leadership

It’s time to create your future - Graduate Education in arts and culture enterprise and entrepreneurship
Introducing the Curb Master of Arts in Creative Enterprise and Cultural Leadership. This new graduate program leads students to increase their capacity for interpersonal communication, public communication, opportunity recognition, network/systems thinking, problem recognition and creativity. Graduates will demonstrate ability in cultural leadership and knowledge of the creative industries, distribution of creative products, the creative process and management of innovation in creative industries. This program will enhance your undergraduate disciplinary work and give you the tools to work with the evolving cultural economy. Contact us or visit our website for more information about this amazing program.

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BA in Digital Culture (general)

The Bachelor of Arts in Digital Culture is a broad-based liberal arts degree program designed for students who are interested in new media-based cultural practice. The Digital Culture initiative is recognizing the transformative role of digital technology in cultural practice and our day-to-day lives overall. The degree emphasizes the strongest emerging trend in cultural media: systems and processes that integrate digital technology with the everyday physical human experience. Much of cultural practice is now mediated through digital technology. We believe it is imperative to train the next generation of creative practitioners, scholars and educators to engage new media in a thoughtful manner, connect new technologies to established knowledge and expertise on creative practice and develop new paradigms for advancing humanist societies.

BA in Fashion

The BA degree program in fashion at ASU combines history, business practices and hands-on studio experience to prepare students for a variety of roles in this important industry. This program is distinguished from other fashion programs in the U.S. through its integration with other research disciplines in the university. Students have the opportunity to pursue tracks in marketing and merchandising, costuming, wearable technology, sustainability, management and leadership, international experience, and fashion and culture. In the capstone experience, students develop a substantial project within their focus track. Opportunities for internships and study abroad further advance students' professional goals. Through the leadership of well-known industry professionals, the bachelor's degree in fashion is connected globally to leaders in the industry.

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Minor in Fashion

Students in the minor program receive grounding in the history, social context and economics of the contemporary fashion industry. They also have the option of pursuing more focused classes designed to introduce students to a variety of roles in this important industry: fashion history, fashion industry business practices, and fashion design and production. How to declare a minor: for more information, consult your academic advisor or an advisor in the unit offering the minor. Visit this page for more details.

New certificates

Music Entrepreneurship (Certificate) undergraduate and graduate

Music entrepreneurship is a discipline that intersects the traditional music disciplines. Music entrepreneurship harnesses the skills and mindset of the entrepreneur to empower musicians to create work that is meaningful, sustainable and oriented to community and market need.

Students in a music degree program and non-music degree students with a background in music benefit from the business, marketing and organizational skills they develop through the certificate courses as applied specifically to and within the arts.

BA in Digital Culture (English)

The Digital Culture (English) concentration curriculum will explore the historical, scientific and theoretical intersections of art, media and technology. Students in the English concentration will focus on the philosophical framings and cultural applications of media. In collaboration with the English department, students in the concentration will use tools of inquiry to examine, analyze, and create works of art through a hands-on approach to communication, writing, rhetoric and literacies.

BA in Music (Music and Culture)

The goal of the BA in Music (Music and Culture) concentration is to attract, welcome, and nurture students who are interested in deep immersion in theoretical and historical studies who plan to go on to graduate school in musicology, ethnomusicology or theory. Students of this program will able to discuss and examine music history and music theory, with contextualizing understanding of music's place in the liberal arts. Graduates in this program will be able to outline the stylistic evolution of music, and identify the artistic, literary, political, and cultural contexts in which music develops.

New minors

Minor in Music Theatre

The minor program in music theatre allows students with a background, interest or passion in music theatre to continue their studies and further explore the craft.

Students develop skills through performance-based small group classes and private instruction, and coursework also includes the study of theoretical and historical elements of music and theatre.

Theory Pedagogy

The certificate is intended to give our students competency and skill in the teaching of basic music theory, a subject required of every music student at the college level and an important area of adjunct instruction. This certificate will enable students to teach music fundamentals, ear training, harmony and basic form analysis at the undergraduate level. All of the School of Music, Dance and Theatre graduate students, especially those in doctoral studies (DMA or Ph.D.), would be candidates for the proposed certificate program, and it is also possible for non-degree graduate students to enroll.

Dance Teaching Artist Praxis

This certificate is intended to develop highly qualified graduates who blend their skills as artists, leaders and teachers to change the communities in which they will engage and teach. The program will develop teaching artist scholars who can teach across myriad populations, including PreK-12 education, post-secondary education, community dance environments and unique needs populations. Students pursuing the ASU Graduate Certificate in Dance Teaching Artist Praxis would not only exit the program competent to lead the field in PreK-12 dance education and curriculum development, but they would depart with the knowledge and skills to develop and lead university PreK-12 teacher training programs, as well as teach dance pedagogy and curriculum development courses. This specific set of knowledge sets and competencies, which straddles higher education and PreK-12 education, is a rarity and commodity in the field. ASU School of Music, Dance and Theatre is the first higher education institution to bring this comprehensive graduate training certificate model to the field.

Music and Learning

More information about this program will be available soon.

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