Arts (BA in the Arts), BA
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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 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 is 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.

Program offered

Arts (BA in the Arts), BA

Offered by
Herberger Institute for Design & the Arts


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  1. Apply to ASU. You must apply to ASU year before your proposed entrance.

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Career outlook

As the population in the state of Arizona grows, numerous arts organizations are being developed to provide cultural and artistic experiences for the state's residents. These organizations will need and demand individuals who understand the impact the arts have on society and who would be passionate employees committed to the arts. This program provides the necessary skill set, including critical-thinking, 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 Animators8.4%$70,530
Art Directors5.4%$92,500
Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary 12%$66,930
Craft Artists4.3%$34,940
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators6.6%$49,520
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education7.5%$59,170
Commercial and Industrial Designers 4.4%$65,970
Artists and Related Workers, All Other5.5%$63,540
Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes4.7%$64,940
Producers 12.2%$71,620

* 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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