Arts (BA in the Arts) (BA)
Accelerated Program

The BA in the arts is an interdisciplinary degree program designed for students who are passionate about the arts and interested in combining knowledge about multiple arts disciplines. Students will gain an increased understanding of the theoretical, historical and cultural forces that shape the arts through an open-ended path for the exploration and development of a range of skills that will be valuable for advanced study in multiple areas.

The major includes a common core for all students, and students choose a focus from arts administration or entertainment design or the student may design a focus that is subject to approval by the institute's standards committee and the dean's office.

Degree Offered

Arts (BA in the Arts) (BA)
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Application Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

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Financial Aid
ASU has many financial aid options. Almost everyone, regardless of income, can qualify for some form of financial aid. In fact, more than 70 percent of all ASU students receive some form of financial assistance every year.

Career Outlook

As the population in the state of Arizona grows, numerous arts organizations are being developed to provide cultural and artistic experiences for our residents. These organizations will need and demand individuals with the necessary critical-thinking skills who understand the impact the arts have on society and who will be passionate employees committed to the arts. This program provides the skill set necessary for such careers as:

  • arts administrators
  • arts critics
  • entertainment designers
  • media arts authors and publishers
  • museum curators and directors
  • public art specialists

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
Multimedia Artists and Animators6%$63,630
Art Directors2.4%$85,610
Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary10.8%$64,300
Audio and Video Equipment Technicians11.9%$41,780
Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture2%$48,080
Craft Artists0.6%$31,080
Film and Video Editors 17.6%$57,210
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators3.1%$43,890
Graphic Designers1.4%$45,900
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 5.8%$56,310
Commercial and Industrial Designers 2%$64,620
Museum Technicians and Conservators5.2%$39,940
Artists and Related Workers, All Other0.4%$58,250
Sound Engineering Technicians7.6%$49,870
Directors- Stage, Motion Pictures, Television, and Radio9.1%$69,100
Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes2.5%$64,200
Technical Directors/Managers9.1%$69,100

* 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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