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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 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.
Arts (BA in the Arts) (BA)
Design & the Arts, Herberger Institute for
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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 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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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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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:
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:
|Multimedia Artists and Animators||8.4%||$70,530|
|Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary||12%||$66,930|
|Audio and Video Equipment Technicians||12.9%||$42,190|
|Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture||7%||$53,550|
|Film and Video Editors||17%||$61,180|
|Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators||6.6%||$49,520|
|Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education||7.5%||$59,170|
|Commercial and Industrial Designers||4.4%||$65,970|
|Museum Technicians and Conservators||12.4%||$40,670|
|Artists and Related Workers, All Other||5.5%||$63,540|
|Sound Engineering Technicians||6.3%||$55,810|
|Directors- Stage, Motion Pictures, Television, and Radio||12.2%||$71,620|
|Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes||4.7%||$64,940|
* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).