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

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Do you love hands-on learning with real-world implications? Add value to your degree by gaining skills in collaboration, project design, facilitation and project management as this certificate connects you to community and industry engagement opportunities.

This hands-on program places designers, artists, scholars and educators in public life 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 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.

At A Glance

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 12 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
Notes: HDA 410 may be satisfied with other Capstone or Internship Experiences as approved by the program faculty coordinator.
Electives -- 6 credit hours
Prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.

Degree requirements

The certificate in community-engaged practices in design and the arts requires 18 credit hours; 12 hours of upper-division course work is required. All upper-division courses must be completed with a minimum grade of "C" (2.00).

Required Courses:
HDA 210 Creativity and Innovation in Design and the Arts (3)
HDA 310 Socially Engaged Practice (3)
HDA 410 Seminar in Socially Engaged Practice (3)

Electives (6)
one upper-division and one upper- or lower-division elective*

Fieldwork (3)

*Electives are to be selected from the master list of courses flagged as socially engaged practice shown on the Herberger Institute website,

Students will complete a fieldwork assignment through an internship (HDA 484 or a 484 course in a specific Herberger Institute arts or design discipline) or an individualized study (a 499 course in a Herberger Institute arts or design discipline) or other capstone course approved by petition through the Herberger Institute Office of Student Success.

Depending upon 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.