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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 out 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

Why give?

Whether you’re donating a couple dollars or a large sum, your gift is greatly appreciated.
Any amount makes a difference for our students, faculty, staff, research and programs. Your charitable contributions enable our college to achieve the highest standards of excellence, access and impact.

How you make a difference

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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 700 faculty members who teach nearly 8,000 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.

You can direct your investment to support faculty in the following ways:

Faculty chairs recognize the achievements of faculty over a lifetime of scholarly endeavor. Such named chairs carry with them a level of prestige among the wider academic world that allows ASU to attract and retain faculty of the highest level of achievement and teaching.

The ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts wishes to increase the number of chairs in each of its schools, resulting in the continued artistic and creative development of its faculty.

Offered only to full professors, named chairs provide faculty with recognition, compensation and supplementary support for their teaching and research activities. These named gifts also strengthen the economic and creative well being of Arizona.

Named professorships, such as the Leonard and Patricia Goldman Professorship in Organ, help the ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts recruit and retain the brightest and most talented faculty in the world.

Like endowed chairs, named professorships support teaching and research activities, but are typically provided to scholars and faculty at an earlier stage in their academic careers.

Part of the ASU Herberger Institute’s Annual Giving program, the Faculty Enrichment Fund is a pooled fund that supports the costs of research grants, supplies, travel fellowships and other essential activity that is part of the faculty’s creative leadership work.

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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.

Krystina Owens

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.

Learn more about the school and its three locations.

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