Creative City (Certificate)

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Exploring best practices in a global context, students develop asset-based proposals for specific locales including implementation plans. The creative city certificate adds value to other majors as well as work and life experience for students aspiring to assume leadership roles in improving quality of life, specifically by enhancing quality of place.

Cities are centers of human creativity and cultural innovation; they both attract and breed these qualities of urban areas. Such creativity and innovation are apparent in the vitality of the arts as well as that of businesses (large and small), research (basic and applied) and the everyday life unique to any given locale. These are the ingredients that make our places sustainable, economically, socially and environmentally, by endowing a sense of place along with a sense of community.

This certificate also serves professionals in the community working in the areas of:

  • community development
  • land-use law
  • parks and recreation
  • philanthropy
  • planning
  • public art
  • urban governance and others

Flexible class times and locations make the program a viable option for those unable to attend classes during the day.

Program Offered

Creative City (Certificate)

Offered by
Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions


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Application Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Program Requirements

The five-course sequence comprising the certificate will enable students to build upon their own strengths in order to help cities and communities creatively build upon their capacities. The creative city certificate consists of a maximum of 15 credit hours of coursework. All courses must be taken at ASU.
Required Core Courses -- 6 credit hours
Elective Courses -- 9 credit hours
A "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) or better is required in all upper-division coursework.
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.