Arizona State University at the Tempe Campus - Tempe, AZ | Arizona Schools with Design Programs | Graphic Design

Arizona State University at the Tempe Campus

School Summary
University Drive and Mill Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85287
(855) 278-5080
Degree Type:
Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Bachelor's degree; Postbaccalaureate certificate; Master's degree; Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Campus Setting:
City: Midsize
Campus Housing:

About Arizona State University at the Tempe Campus

Arizona State University has four campuses in Arizona, the largest located in the city of Tempe. Tempe is a small city located near metropolitan Phoenix. The city boasts Arizona's first Light Rail system, a convenient transportation system for residents and visitors. The ASU Tempe campus is centrally positioned with several local attractions within a three mile range, including a Big Surf water park and Tempe Town Lake. The Town Lake offers a recreational haven where enthusiasts can kayak, sail, or picnic on the beautiful waterfront.

One of the 12 Colleges and Schools that make up ASU Tempe is the Herberger College of the Arts. Herberger offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in art and theatre, including a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts in art. From there, students can earn a Master of Arts in art education or history or a Master of Fine Arts in ceramics, drawing/painting, fibers, digital technology, intermedia, metals/jewelry, photography, printmaking, sculpture, or wood. Helberger even offers an Art PhD in art history or art education. Within the theatre department, students may earn a Bachelor of Arts in theatre with a design and production concentration, and then a Master of Fine Arts in theatre with a performance design concentration. Degrees in art and theatre typically culminate with a senior exhibition and/or submission and review of a student portfolio.

Students seeking an education in a more directly related design field may choose ASU's College of Design. Within this college is the School of Architecture, offering a Bachelor of Science in design with an architecture studies concentration, then progress to either a Master of Science in building design or a new program, the Master of Urban Design. The college also offers the BS in Design with concentrations in industrial design, interior design, or graphic design.

Students may also choose to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree with concentrations in design history or design management. Typically included in the coursework for each of these programs is an internship within the local business community. Graduates in any of these programs may then further their educations by earning a Master of Science in design, and even a PhD in environmental design and planning. All undergraduate degrees can typically be completed within four years, with graduate degrees varying by the course of study.

ASU offers a wide range of scholarships. On the university website prospective and returning students may peruse the scholarship database with a search capability to find and apply for scholarships to suit their needs. There are scholarships for entering freshmen, continuing students, and graduate students available. Many are memorial funds or privately funded, but some are also offered by groups within ASU itself, such as the ASU Parents Association and the ASU Retirees Association. The school itself offers a University Scholarship to eligible students -- something for which newly admitted students from high schools in Arizona are automatically considered.

ASU is striving toward creating a "New American University." Faculty includes a Nobel Laureate, a MacArthur Fellow, and two winners of the Pulitzer Prize. The Tempe campus is over 700 acres of outstanding facilities and subtropical landscaping. Students have access to culture in the form of over 28 on-campus museums and galleries and entertainment in the form of over 500 social clubs, including two comedy troupes that perform regularly in the Student Union. The university also offers an extensive Study Abroad program with travel locations around the world and fields of study from biology to photography. ASU has been a fully accredited institution since 1931.

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Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,