“WE KNOW THAT OUR ABILITY TO SOLVE PROBLEMS, BUILD ENTERPRISES, AND CREATE COMPELLING AND SOCIALLY RELEVANT DESIGN AND ART REQUIRES HIGH LEVELS OF MASTERY. BY BEING THE BEST IN OUR CHOSEN FIELDS, WE CAN STRETCH OURSELVES AND OUR TALENTS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD.”
—Steven J. Tepper, dean, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
Investing in our students
Less than 26 percent of ASU's budget comes from the state of Arizona, making gifts from private investors, foundations and corporate partners essential. In creative programs, the cost can be even higher than standard tuition as students need to purchase art supplies, musical instruments, and design and fabrication materials to complete their classwork.
Your support can make or break a student's experience. You can choose to direct your gift to scholarships, student enrichment, or a variety of programs that allow students to explore and experiment in their disciplines. For many students, your gift makes all the difference to get them to graduation.
Investing in our faculty
The ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts has more than 200 faculty members who teach more than 6,000 students in the disciplines of architecture and landscape architecture; art; arts, media and engineering; dance; design innovation; music; theatre and film. Your investment in faculty development and research is vital to maintaining and expanding the high-quality education we provide to students.
Your support helps film students like Krystina Owens achieve their dreams.
At the end of her freshman year, Owens sought to gain experience working in the film industry. Rather than wait for Hollywood to come knocking on her door, she created her own film and animation studio, Innovelore Entertainment. She employs ASU students at her company and has a group of animators under her wing as well. The result was her senior project, “The Author’s Daughter,” a live action and animated film about a young author who brings stories to life in a future where fiction content is censored.
A flexible and evolving learning space across three cities
Thanks in part to your contributions, The Sidney Poitier New American Film Schools offers students a flexible and evolving learning space that is designed to prepare master storytellers and digital creators for a rapidly evolving industry. Working across multiple cities and multiple platforms, the school opens endless pathways for students to advance their creative expression and chart successful careers. Students will also be technologically empowered to study and create anywhere, with access to online tools and collaborative platforms.
ASU’s Tempe Campus
At ASU’s Tempe campus, students have access to basic equipment for film production and 24/7 computer labs. Production, research and rehearsal facilities include the Nelson Fine Arts Center, Dreamscape studios at the Creativity Commons, Music West, Dixie Gammage Hall and Stauffer Communications buildings as well as special classes and events hosted at the nearby Sun Studios of Arizona.
ASU @ Mesa City Center
ASU @ Mesa City Center will include a brand new 118,000-gross-square-foot state-of-the-art facility that will be home to state-of-the-art sound stages, editing suites, screening theatres, public exhibitions space, fabrication labs and immersive media studios. The facility will serve film majors as well as host a transdisciplinary collection of three master’s degrees, all of which will engage film students who are eager to embrace new technologies of immersive and mixed-reality media, interaction and simulation. Film students in Mesa will be at the heart of the city’s new innovation hub, with opportunities to hone their craft while working and connecting with media start-ups, collaborating with schools and community groups, and being part of a dynamic and growing downtown that embraces a live, work and play lifestyle.
ASU California Center
The Sidney Poitier New American Film School will have a major presence in downtown Los Angeles at ASU’s newly renovated historical Herald Examiner Building. Here, film students can participate in ASU’s Film Spark career acceleration program as well as complete their undergraduate film degree in L.A. or work toward a concentration or graduate degree focused on emerging forms of storytelling. The latter is part of a bold new initiative between the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the film school that is focused on short-form content creation and narrative futures.