Herberger Online

Where online learning meets the creative arts

Who we are

Herberger Online is dedicated to providing immersive hybrid and online courses for students at ASU and the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. Our experienced team of developers, instructional designers and multimedia specialists works closely with faculty in a collaborative, iterative process to produce high-quality learning experiences for students of the creative arts.

Herberger Online courses are designed to support and enrich students' overall studies and curriculum paths, covering a diverse range of subjects offered by the Schools of Art; Arts, Media and Engineering; Music, Dance and Theatre; The Design School and The Sidney Poitier New American Film School.

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Featured courses

Atlas of Creative Tools

Atlas of Creative Tools

Institute Professor Liz Lerman teaches her Atlas of Creative Tools to inspire creative thinking in any field. Breaking down the boundaries of intuition, students are encouraged to explore methods of creative inspiration and apply these tools to current projects. This fully online class offers workshops twice in the semester to give students the opportunity to meet each other and practice the tools in person.

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Design Thinking + Making

Design thinking is a process utilized by designers to solve problems that has been adopted by people outside of the design field as a way to approach complex, user-centered problems. Created by Prasad Boradkar, Google’s Design Lead for the ATAP team, the course not only  focuses on solving problems for humans but teaches a philosophy that humans can solve problems in a life-centered design process.

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Drawing As Seeing and Thinking

A drawing studio that takes place in a blended learning environment. This course seeks to immerse students from a broad range of art and non-art disciplines in the history and practice of drawing. Drawing is presented as a distinct continuum, one that finds connections between cultures and linkages between the historical and the contemporary. During the course, students will have an opportunity to consider and analyze drawing in its most expanded form: as a primary tool of communication and creative problem solving, as movement, as a sensory experience, and as its own unique method of cognition. Students build psychomotor skills, establish artistic vocabulary, and explore beyond the traditional medium of pen and paper.

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Intro to Digital Culture

Developed in partnership with Kimberlee Swisher, faculty in the School of Arts, Media and Engineering, this course introduces fundamental structures and themes of digital culture. Students are given examples of pathways for becoming active producers and consumers of digital culture. The course will also cover fundamentals of media capture, composition and distribution, as well as key technical skills in software coding and the basics of creating media systems.

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Image of Rome

The Image of Rome is a cross-disciplinary joint venture between The Design School and the School of Film, Dance and Theatre. This course is a comparative cultural examination of the city of Rome and its intercultural understanding through consistent analysis of its specific past events and persons who built it, and of its change over time. It is devoted primarily to explaining the history of the architecture of Rome from VIII century BC to 1960, from the point of view of the image of the city, both the built and the visual/oral one, produced by specific political powers over 27 centuries, while considering questions of human existence and meaning, aesthetic experience, art and design.

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Beginning Piano

In partnership with Kadenze, ASU offers this introductory piano course for non-music majors. The Beginning Piano Online Course introduces students to the fundamentals of piano playing, including technique, solo repertoire, transposition, harmonization, sight-reading, improvisation and basic music theory.


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Design and Arts Corps

The Design and Arts Corps partners with communities to place designers, artists, scholars and educators in public life and prepares students to use their creative capacities to advance culture, strengthen democracy and imaginatively address today’s most pressing challenges. An initiative of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, the Design and Arts Corps (DAC) builds on the ASU Charter centering access, equity and purpose-driven research while taking “fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities” we serve. 

Understanding Acting

Understanding Acting

This course is an introduction to the Western acting tradition as popularized in mainstream American and British film and theatre from the past century. Students will learn about the differences between acting for camera and acting for the stage. They will examine different styles of performance, learn techniques many actors use to prepare for roles, and “reverse-engineer” excellent performances captured on film.

"All around a great experience. I would like to nominate you for the Emmy, ‘Best Lecture Production Value’".

- Tyson Roy, undergrad student, FMP 294 From Lucy to Lost

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