A Creative Enterprise and Cultural Leadership graduate student visiting an exhibition at the Brooklyn Academy of Music during a program-organized trip to New York City, March 2019 (photo by Johanna Taylor)

Creatives working in the art and design fields are shifting how they engage with society. Increasingly, cross-sector work brings art and design into spaces that are not arts-centered, from health and community development to infrastructure and technology. At the same time innovations in the creative industries are disrupting traditional business models, advancing technological change, and democratizing access to culture. 

In response to this change, the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University prepares students to create the creative opportunities and cultural jobs of the future with its graduate program in Creative Enterprise and Cultural Leadership (CECL). Classes mix theory and practice through co-creation and hands-on experimentation in collaboration with community partners. 

Students have the opportunity to work with ASU faculty who are leading practitioners in this interdisciplinary field, including civic practice theatre artist Michael Rohd; art and equitable development thought leader Maria Rosario Jackson; and sociology of arts labor scholar and Herberger Institute Dean Steven Tepper. Additionally, students engage with fellows and programs at ASU’s National Accelerator for Cultural Innovation.

CECL curriculum also includes opportunities to connect with local and national leaders who are advancing new ways of working in art and design through regular guest lectures, site visits, and trips to other cities across the country.

Visit herbergerinstitute.asu.edu/creative-enterprise for more information about ASU Herberger Institute’s MA in Creative Enterprise and Cultural Leadership.