Create the future. Change the world.

Immersive media and extended reality arts have become extraordinarily powerful technologies for human expression – we call these XRts.

The Herberger Institute is shaping the future creative workforce, offering transdisciplinary degrees in XRts at world-class facilities in Arizona and California. The Media and Immersive eXperience (MIX) Center in Mesa, Arizona, is powered by cutting-edge technology—a hub for collaboration among creators, researchers and worldbuilders, and the ASU California Center Broadway in downtown Los Angeles was custom-designed for emerging technology curriculum. Students and XRts fellows collaborate and create with faculty who are experts in XR, VR, immersive media, experience design and more.

Worlds for Change Challenge

A global worldbuilding contest where you imagine the immersive world you want to see and compete for the chance to build it and for an XRts graduate degree scholarship.

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XRts related graduate degrees

Prepare for the careers of the future with a suite of transdisciplinary XRts graduate degrees at the Herberger Institute.

The future is technology-driven, transdisciplinary, global, bold and just. Be a part of this future: Master the skills you need for emerging careers and industries at Arizona State University's Herberger Institute for Design in the Arts—skills like augmented reality and experience design, machine learning and artificial intelligence, game design and virtual production, and more.

Futures and Design

The School for the Future of Innovation in Society in the College of Global Futures also offers a graduate XR-related degree at ASU. Learn more about the MS in Futures and Design, part of the suite of degrees at the Media and Immersive eXperience (MIX) Center.

Explore more transdisciplinary degrees

In addition to XRts-focused degrees, the Herberger Institute also offers transdisciplinary graduate degrees for creatives, designers and artists who want to gain leadership skills and critical perspectives in creative work to prepare for careers of the future where they can make a difference in the world.


XRts Immersive Media Fellowship


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The XRts Immersive Media Fellowship supports diverse artists, technologists and designers to drive social change through immersive experiences. Co-run by the Herberger Institute and ASU Gammage and supported by the New American Council for Arts and Design, the fellowship aims to facilitate and help disseminate work by artists whose experiences are commensurate with the challenges that face BIPOC students, early career artists and entrepreneurs in emerging media and extended reality (XR).

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Spaces and faculty


The Herberger Institute’s transdisciplinary degrees are offered in three different cities across two states, and graduate students and fellows have access to cutting-edge technologies, state-of-the-art facilities and world-class faculty.

MIX Center

The state-of-the art Media and Immersive eXperience Center in Mesa, Arizona, is a world-class facility for emerging media technologies, second to none.

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ASU California Center 

The ASU California Center Broadway in downtown Los Angeles, home to the MA in Narrative and Emerging Media, was custom-designed with emerging technology curriculum in mind, including two studios, a large green screen that allows for virtual reality productions and a large Planar LCD wall.

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ASU Tempe campus

Anchoring all of our locations, the ASU Tempe campus is home to most of our degrees, academic buildings, the ASU Art Museum, and world-class venues and facilities, and it is located in the heart of the Tempe arts and culture scene.

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ASU and the Herberger Institute are building a dream team of expert faculty to train the creative workforce of the future and building facilities that will allow graduates to take advantage of open positions in emerging technology. Our faculty include Laura Cechanowicz, Ana Herruzo, Nonny de la Peña, Nick Pilarski, Lauren Ruffin and more. 

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