Community-Engaged Practices in Design and the Arts (Certificate)

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Add value to your degree by gaining skills in collaboration, project design, facilitation and project management. This program connects you to community and industry engagement opportunities so that you can leverage your discipline skills while solving real-world problems.

This hands-on program places designers, artists, scholars and educators in public life and and enables them to use their creative capacities to advance culture, strengthen democracy, and imaginatively address today's most pressing challenges.

This is an integrated community-engaged design and arts certificate program serving all Herberger Institute students, faculty and staff as well as the larger ASU community. Participants engage in direct and ethical partnership and collaboration with communities and with civic and industry partners, enabling them to learn and practice programming that activates partner goals and facilitates experiential learning and creation.

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Community-Engaged Practices in Design and the Arts (Certificate)

Application requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Program requirements

The certificate in socially engaged practice in design and the arts requires 15 credit hours; including nine hours of upper-division coursework. All courses must be completed with a minimum grade of "C" (2.00) or better. An overall 3.00 GPA is required for this certificate.
Core -- 3 credit hours
Community Engagement -- 3 credit hours
Fieldwork / Internship -- 3 credit hours
HDA 410 may be satisfied with other Capstone or Internship Experiences as approved by the program faculty coordinator.
Electives (at least 3 credits must be upper division) -- 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

A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required to complete the certificate. The certificate is administered through the Office of Student Success in the Herberger Institute and through the Design and Arts Corps and is open to all undergraduate students admitted to ASU.

Students enrolled in the BA in the Arts in the Herberger Institute must complete three additional credit hours of coursework unique to the certificate program that does not also count toward their major (this is due to the overlapping requirements of HDA 210 and HDA 310).

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.

Career outlook

This certificate program allows students to develop unique pathways that also earn micro-credentials across a broad range of competencies including: ethical communication, group facilitation, project structuring and evaluation, project management, ethics and asset-based community cultural development. These competencies prepare graduates for excellence in a range of occupations.

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
Architects, Except Landscape and Naval 4.2%$78,470
Art Directors5.4%$92,500
Fashion Designers2.6%$67,420
Fundraisers 14.8%$55,640
Graphic Designers4.2%$48,700
Interior Designers4.4%$51,500
Public Relations and Fundraising Managers 10.4%$111,280
Program Directors 12.2%$71,620
Set and Exhibit Designers 10.3%$53,090
Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes4.7%$64,940

* 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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