Frequently Asked Questions

How old is Massachusetts College of Art and Design?
MassArt was founded in 1873.

What degrees are offered at MassArt?
Massachusetts College of Art and Design offers one undergraduate degree, the Bachelor of Fine Arts, and three graduate degrees, the Master of Science in Art Education, the Master of Fine Arts, and the Master of Architecture. The college also offers post-baccalaureate and certificate programs.

How many students attend MassArt?
Approximately 1,600 students are enrolled in the BFA program and 150 are enrolled in graduate programs. Hundreds of non-degree-seeking students also take programs each year in the Division of Professional and Continuing Education.

Is Massachusetts College of Art and Design a public college?
Yes, MassArt is one of nine Massachusetts state colleges and receives support from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. There are differentiated tuition charges for in-state residents, New England residents, and out-of-state residents.

Is MassArt accredited?
Yes, Massachusetts College of Art and Design holds accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and from the National Association of School of Art and Design.

What programs are available for adults or non-degree students?
MassArt offers an abundance of courses and workshops through the Division of Professional and Continuing Education each fall, spring, and summer semester as well as during winter vacation. PCE courses can be taken on an individual basis or, with acceptance into a program, combined into a design certificate.

Can non-degree students take courses in the degree program?
No. All space in the degree programs is taken by degree candidates. Students who are not in the degree programs can take courses through continuing education for undergraduate or graduate credit.

Does MassArt offer programs for younger students?
A great variety of Saturday, after school, vacation, and summer courses are offered for elementary, middle, and high school students. Youth programs are a part of our continuing education programs.

Are there liberal arts requirements for MassArt undergraduate students? Yes, fully one-third of the course requirements for the BFA degree program are in liberal arts. BFA students have specific course and distribution requirements in social sciences, writing and literature, and science and mathematics.

Are the exhibitions open to the public?
Yes, anyone who is interested in any exhibition at the college may visit the college galleries, which are free and open to the public. For more information call (617) 879-7337 or, for student organized exhibits, call (617) 879-7710.

Does MassArt have housing for its students?
The college houses students in two residence halls. Smith hall accommodates 116 students who are entering college for the first time. The Artists' Residence, MassArt's apartment-style residence hall, provides living space for 250 continuing, transfer, and graduate students, and a small number of first-year students. MassArt guarantees residence space to all first time college students whose residence applications and deposits are received on or before May 1st. First-time college applicants applying after May 1st for student housing are placed on a waiting list. If residence spaces become available, the Office of Housing and Residence Life notifies wait-listed students as quickly as possible.

Is MassArt accessible by public transportation?
Yes, many subway and bus routes stop at or near the college. See the MBTA for routes and additional information.