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Students in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance program are able to take their creativity to the next level, creating works of art showcased at ArtSpace West, performing under the lights of Second Stage West, directing short films, developing new sounds in the music studio, and engaging with the latest technology in digital gaming. Emmy and Grammy Award winning faculty lead an interdisciplinary program bringing young artists and performers into a new age of the arts.
The School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies offers a BA in interdisciplinary arts and performance in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at ASU's West campus.
Students engage with faculty in collaborative investigation of many disciplines preparing for our complex and changing world through current approaches to artistic and aesthetic research. Students in this major engage in practical and theoretical studies of visual, sonic, performance, game and interactive arts to become versatile artists. With skill sets preparing them for professional and entrepreneurial opportunities, they can tap into evolving marketplaces and expanding fields of arts research and practice.
Students who major in interdisciplinary arts and performance receive extensive preparation for careers as artists, performers and creative professionals, and they develop critical backgrounds useful for teaching and scholarship.
Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance (BA)
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Undergraduate students from western states who enroll in this program are eligible for a discounted tuition rate.
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.
Since 1992, graduates of this nationally recognized program are prepared for advanced study in the performing arts, visual arts, interactive arts or arts-related professions in digital design, film editing, set and lighting design, theatre, sound arts, toy development, board game development and video game development.
Interdisciplinary arts and performance students have gone on to careers such as visual artist, art administrator, art therapist, digital designer, film and video editor, arts writer and critic, composer, theatre artist, illustrator, set and lighting designer, performing artist, sound artist, recording artist and studio professional, videographer, game tester, board game developer and video game designer.
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||6%||$63,630|
|Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary||10.8%||$64,300|
|Audio-Visual and Multimedia Collections Specialists||7.9%||$44,070|
|Audio and Video Equipment Technicians||11.9%||$41,780|
|Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture||2%||$48,080|
|Postsecondary Teachers, All Other||9.3%||$62,330|
|Communications Teachers, Postsecondary||9.7%||$62,550|
|Software Quality Assurance Engineers and Testers||3.3%||$83,410|
|Entertainers and Performers, Sports and Related Workers, All Other||6.8%||*|
|Film and Video Editors||17.6%||$57,210|
|Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators||3.1%||$43,890|
|Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education||5.8%||$56,310|
|Commercial and Industrial Designers||2%||$64,620|
|Investment Fund Managers||3.9%||$105,060|
|Advertising and Promotions Managers||4.7%||$96,720|
|Music Composers and Arrangers||3.2%||$48,180|
|Reporters and Correspondents||-8.5%||$36,000|
|Artists and Related Workers, All Other||0.4%||$58,250|
|Public Relations and Fundraising Managers||7.1%||$101,510|
|Public Relations Specialists||6.2%||$55,680|
|Regulatory Affairs Managers||3.9%||$105,060|
|Sound Engineering Technicians||7.6%||$49,870|
|Directors- Stage, Motion Pictures, Television, and Radio||9.1%||$69,100|
|Set and Exhibit Designers||6.8%||$49,810|
|Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes||2.5%||$64,200|
|Video Game Designers||3.3%||$83,410|
* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).