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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Major Map

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Application Requirements

Steps to Apply

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

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

Affording College

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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.


Students in The Design School must successfully pass a degree milestone at the end of their freshman year to continue in the professional degree program. Applying to pass the degree milestone requirement is competitive and limited by available resources. Selection is awarded to those applicants demonstrating the highest promise for professional success.

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Students majoring in Landscape Architecture, Industrial Design, Interior Design and Visual Communication Design are required to complete an internship program as part of their curriculum.

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Professional organizations

Professional organizations serve as the public face for their respective professions, providing information to the general public about disciplinary practice and its role in improving the well-being of communities, promoting design excellence through the recognition of notable professional achievements, supporting the exchange of ideas and information about best practices between professional members through the development of conferences and through the support of opportunities for continuing education.

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Student Organization

Joining a discipline-specific organization is a great way to help your long-term career plans and goals.  This can help you add to your academic experience by building a portfolio, making important connections, networking and engaging with the local and national professional community.

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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 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 Animators8.4%$70,530
Archivists 14.3%$51,760
Art Directors5.4%$92,500
Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary 12%$66,930
Audio and Video Equipment Technicians 12.9%$42,190
Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture7%$53,550
Craft Artists4.3%$34,940
Film and Video Editors 17%$61,180
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators6.6%$49,520
Graphic Designers4.2%$48,700
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education7.5%$59,170
Commercial and Industrial Designers 4.4%$65,970
Curators 14%$53,770
Museum Technicians and Conservators 12.4%$40,670
Artists and Related Workers, All Other5.5%$63,540
Sound Engineering Technicians6.3%$55,810
Directors- Stage, Motion Pictures, Television, and Radio 12.2%$71,620
Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes4.7%$64,940
Technical Directors/Managers 12.2%$71,620
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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