Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts Policies

The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is built on a combination of disciplines unlike any other program in the nation, comprising schools of art; arts, media and engineering; design; film, dance and theatre; and music; as well as the ASU Art Museum.

The Herberger Institute recommends students contact the Office of Student Success at 480-965-4495 to speak with advising staff regarding any questions about the institute's policies.

Academic Integrity

Academic honesty is expected of all students in all examinations, papers, academic transactions and records. Possible sanctions include appropriate grade penalties, loss of registration privileges, disqualification and dismissal. The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts strictly adheres to the ASU Student Academic Integrity Policy. Information about the academic integrity policy can be found at https://provost.asu.edu/academic-integrity.

Undergraduate Policies

Academic Standing


A student in any of the institute's degree programs is placed on university academic probation when he or she fails to maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.00. Students on academic probation must observe the rules or limitations the institute imposes on probation as a condition of retention. All Herberger Institute students who are placed on academic probation are required to attend mandatory advising appointments in an effort to help them improve their academic standing. Students are required to complete an academic success contract with their advisor to discuss campus academic resources, plan semester goals and discuss strategies to attain academic success. These meetings continue until the student earns a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or greater.

Continuing Probation

A student already on academic probation and earning a GPA of 2.00 or greater for the term but who is not successful in raising the cumulative GPA to greater than 2.00 will be placed on continuing probation. Continuing probation is meant to acknowledge the student's academic progress while still providing academic support to help the student reach the required 2.00 GPA. Students on continuing probation must continue to attend mandatory advising appointments until the student earns a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or more.


If the overall GPA is not at the required level and the conditions of probation have not been met after one semester on probation, the student may be subject to disqualification for a minimum of two full academic semesters. Disqualification is exercised at the discretion of the institute and becomes effective on the first day of the fall or spring semester following institute action. A student is notified of the disqualification by the Herberger Institute Office of Student Success and is not allowed to register for a fall or spring semester at the university until reinstated.

Co-enrolled Continuing Probation Program

Select disqualified students may participate in the Co-enrolled Continuing Probation Program at the discretion of their college or school. Under this program, the student would take UNI 220 Academic Refresher plus one ASU course selected by the student’s advisor, and upon completion of the term with a combined semester cumulative GPA of 2.50 the student would be able to continue regular enrollment at ASU. The student would co-enroll at a Maricopa Community College with a schedule selected in consultation with the ASU advisor. Parameters regarding the number of co-enrolled hours required are at the discretion of each college or school.


A student who has previously been academically disqualified and seeks to return to ASU either for a fall or spring semester (either immediately or after a period of absence) and has met college admission standards is required to seek readmission to the university and reinstatement to the Herberger Institute. Applications for readmission to ASU must be made to Admission Services; the application for readmission automatically generates a letter of appeal for reinstatement to the Herberger Institute for consideration.

All disqualified students should contact the Herberger Institute Office of Student Success regarding procedures and guidance for reinstatement and return to academic good standing. A disqualified student may attend summer sessions at ASU to raise the cumulative GPA. If a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or greater is achieved upon completion of summer coursework, the student may petition the institute for early reinstatement. Applications for readmission to ASU must be made to the admission services office. The possibility of successful reinstatement is enhanced when students follow recommendations and meet established standards for summer coursework or coursework completed at other institutions. All students who are academically disqualified should contact a Herberger Institute advisor to discuss their options.

Also available in the Office of Student Success is information on the college policies and procedures for student grievances with respect to grades and various petitions regarding standards and graduation requirements.


Undergraduate academic advising is handled as a centralized activity within the institute. Students are encouraged to make appointments through the Herberger Institute Office of Student Success. More information is available on the advising website: http://herbergerinstitute.asu.edu/students/undergrad/advising.php. While the institute provides academic advising, it is ultimately each student's responsibility to fulfill academic and program requirements. Administration of program requirements is the responsibility of the head of the academic unit and the dean.


Course Load

First-semester freshmen and entering transfer students are not permitted to register for more than 18 credit hours in Session C or nine credit hours in Session A and nine credit hours in Session B. Other students who wish to register for more than 18 hours must meet the academic criteria for an overload petition and work with their academic advisor in the Herberger Office of Student Success. Any petition for an overload in excess of 21 hours (or more than 10 hours in either sessions A or B) must be presented to the advising manager. No student should assume that his or her petition for overload will be granted.

For summer sessions, the maximum course load is 14 credit hours, seven per six-week summer session. Overloads are rarely granted for these sessions and requests must be petitioned to the Herberger Office of Student Success.

Audit Grade Option

Students may choose to audit certain courses in which they attend regularly scheduled class sessions but earn no credit. Students should obtain instructor approval before registering for the courses. The option to audit is not available for all courses.

This grade option may not be changed after the drop/add period.

Pass/Fail or Credit/No Credit

The only courses accepted toward graduation with a grade of pass/fail or credit/no credit are courses designated by the academic unit as such or internships and field studies.

Transfer Credit

While the university accepts credits transferred from other accredited institutions, transfer coursework must be equivalent in content and level of offering. Arts or design transfer credits are not applied to specific degree programs until reviewed and accepted by the appropriate academic units. The Design School and the School of Art require a review of samples of work (portfolio format) from previous studio classes to evaluate some transfer studio credits.


Students are responsible for contacting their course instructors regarding the process of requesting and fulfilling requests for an incomplete. The grade of "I" (incomplete) can only be given by an instructor when a student who is doing otherwise acceptable work is unable to complete a course (e.g., final exam or term paper) because of illness or other conditions beyond the student's control.

To begin the request for a grade of incomplete, students must obtain the official form at http://students.asu.edu/forms/incomplete-grade-request. A completed form must include a justification, a listing of requirements that have not been fulfilled, and a proposed schedule of completion. The instructor reviews the request and determines whether to accept or deny the request. If accepted, the instructor may propose modifications and submit a copy of the request to the appropriate office.

An incomplete in any course that is a prerequisite for sequential courses automatically denies the student enrollment in subsequent courses and could result in the student being administratively dropped from a subsequent course if the student has already enrolled.

The student has one calendar year from the date the grade of "I" is recorded to complete the course. A student does not reregister or pay fees for a course for which an "I" has been received in order to complete the course. Grades of "I" for undergraduate coursework that have been on a student's record for more than one calendar year will be automatically changed to "E."


University withdrawal regulations apply to all courses. In certain of the institute's degree programs, curricula are modular and sequential, and because space in these programs is limited a student is expected to progress through the curriculum with the class. In order to fully understand all potential repercussions of withdrawal from any courses, students should discuss their plans with their academic advisor.

Degree Requirements

Critical Requirements

All Herberger students must meet the program and critical requirements for their majors. Students who do not comply with the critical requirements are considered off track and their records will be placed on hold; students are required to meet with a Herberger academic advisor to have a hold removed. For more information about critical requirements, students should refer to the corresponding major map.

Concurrent Degrees

Students who wish to obtain concurrent degrees must submit a standards committee petition (http://herbergerinstitute.asu.edu/students/undergrad/forms/herberger.php) to the undergraduate curriculum committee after successfully meeting the following criteria: minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA, successful completion of six credit hours in both programs, and successful admission into both intended programs of study. Students pursuing concurrent degrees within the institute must complete 24 unique credit hours in each major.

Change of Major

A current ASU student who wishes to change majors to one of the institute's degrees must have a cumulative ASU GPA of 2.50 or greater. Students wishing to enter a major that requires an audition, interview, milestone or portfolio review may be required to successfully complete this requirement before changing the major.


Undergraduate degree-seeking students who previously attended ASU in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts but have not been enrolled at ASU for one fall or spring semester or no more than two consecutive semesters are eligible to return through quick reentry. Students do not need to submit a new application or application fee, but they must contact an academic advisor in their program for registration.

Undergraduates who have been away from the university for three or more semesters and want to return to ASU in a Herberger Institute program are required to apply for readmission through the admission services office.

  • Readmission is only considered after a student has remained out of the Herberger Institute for a minimum of two semesters.
  • A student is required to supply proof he or she is now capable of successfully completing courses in the discipline by the completion of at least 12 hours of appropriate coursework with a GPA of 2.50 or greater.
  • If the readmission request requires a change of major, then admission decisions are made by the college that offers the intended major.
  • If a student seeks readmission to his or her previous Herberger Institute major and that major requires a creative review, a new review may be required.
  • If readmission is approved within the Herberger Institute, the student returns with continued probation status in the appropriate degree program.

Once readmitted, returning students are required to meet with a Herberger advisor before enrolling in courses at ASU.

Other Special Requirements

Creative Reviews

A creative review (audition, interview, milestone, portfolio submission) is required for entrance into most majors in the Herberger Institute. Students should see https://herbergerinstitute.asu.edu/admissions for details.

Graduate Policies

Advising is handled as a decentralized activity within the institute. To offer personalized attention, each academic unit establishes its own graduate advising procedures. Students are encouraged to make appointments through the central office of their major discipline. Students should consult their academic unit's website for general information about the programs, admission and advising procedures:

Students must fulfill all requirements of their graduate program to remain in good academic standing, and they must abide by all university policies including those of the Graduate College and the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.