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New degree programs at the Herberger Institute

New degrees

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 Concentrations

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 graduate certificates

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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