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Massachusetts College of Art and Design offers a comprehensive range of programs in fine arts, design, and art education, and awards bachelor of fine arts, master of fine arts, master of architecture, and master of science degrees as well as a number of certificates. The College holds accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). MassArt is also a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD), a consortium of 41 leading art schools in North America (37 in the United States, four in Canada and three international affiliates).

More information about accreditation.

Dual majors
Students who choose a dual major complete the requirements of both majors. Typically, this requires an extra year of study. Students may need to speak with the chairs of both departments to understand how the requirements of both majors will fit together.

Earning a BFA
In order to complete a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, students must complete a total of 120 credits. Generally, credits are broken down as follows: 78 credits in studio course work (foundation and major studio requirements and studio electives), 42 credits in liberal arts/history of art (typically 30 liberal arts and 12 history of art). It's important to note that course requirements for particular majors may vary. More information about academic programs.

Year 1 (Studio Foundation: 30 credits)
2 semesters of Drawing (figurative/breadth) 6 credits
2 semesters of Visual Language (2D/3D principles) 6 credits
Form Study (3D) 3 credits
Studio Elective 3 credits
Written Communication 3 credits
Freshman Seminar 3 credits
Intro to Western Art 3 credits
History of Art Elective 3 credits

Year 2 (Sophomore Year: 30 credits)
Major Requirements 12 credits
Studio/Open Electives 6 credits *
Liberal Arts/History of Art Electives 12 credits

Year 3 (Junior Year: 30 credits)
Major Requirements 12 credits
Studio/Open Electives 6 credits *
Liberal Arts/History of Art Electives 12 credits

Year 4 (Senior Year: 30 credits)
Major Requirements 12 credits
Studio/Open Electives 6 credits *
Liberal Arts/History of Art Electives 12 credits

International travel courses
MassArt offers a range of exciting, faculty-led, international travel courses every year. These are three-credit elective courses open to all majors. In the past, our students have had an opportunity to travel to Egypt, Italy, New Zealand, China, and Poland, just to name a few. More information about international education.

International exchanges
MassArt International Exchanges are full immersion programs designed for the independent and self-motivated student. Students pay MassArt for the regular full-time tuition and fees applicable to their state of residency during the semester they will travel. MassArt has reciprocal exchange partnerships with institutions in Australia, Japan, the Netherlands, South Korea, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Study Abroad Programs differ from exchanges and are ideal for students who are more comfortable with being part of a group, which often has the support of host-country coordinators. Students may choose from a wide range of academic programs in over 100 countries. More information about international education.

MassArt maintains consortium arrangements with other colleges and art schools in the Boston area, including Colleges of the Fenway, ProArts, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology as well as the other eight Massachusetts state universities. Students also have the ability to participate in domestic exchange programs with 32 colleges of art and design located in the United States and Canada through the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD).

MassArt students are encouraged to complete one or two credit-bearing internships before graduation. Students may receive three studio elective credits for a paid or unpaid internship that meets MassArt's Internship Guidelines. Career Services advertises over 400 internships each year on our job listing website. Students may also find opportunities through independent research and faculty.

Academic Advising/Registrar
The Academic Advising and Registrar offices assist students with program planning, registration, recording of grades, addresses, and requests for academic and enrollment records. They also refer students to other offices that provide student support services and business and financial aid functions.

Portfolio reviews
Portfolio reviews are conducted by appointment in the Admissions Office on a daily basis as well as at many off-campus events, including National Portfolio Days and regional receptions. In-person reviews are not a requirement but provide information on how to best prepare your artwork for applying. Schedule an in-office review. Learn more about upcoming admissions events.

Portfolio prep classes / Pre-college / Summer Studios
MassArt's Youth Programs offer classes and intensives throughout the year where high school students can build their portfolios. During the academic year, students can also register for Saturday Studios and Xtreme!Week programs over February and April school vacations. Summer Intensives and Summer Studios are offered in July and August to allow serious students to develop their technical skills and studio practice.


Orientation takes place over the four days preceding the start of fall classes and includes programming for families, new students, and transfer students. During orientation, students move into residence halls, meet fellow classmates, receive student IDs and course schedules, and become acclimated to the campus and the Boston area.

Snapshot of our student body*

  • 1,770 undergraduate students
  • 150 graduate student
  • 68% are female, 32% are male
  • more than 93% of students are full-time
  • 70% are from Massachusetts
  • 19% are from New England
  • 11% are from Out-of-State

*As of academic year 2012-2013

Fall Admission priority: February 1
Early Action: December 1

Financial Aid priority: March 1
Spring Admission: October 15* (on-going)

*Spring admission is only available for select transfer students.

More information about deadlines.

All applicants must submit 15-20 pieces of artwork, completed in the past two years. At least five pieces must be completed from direct observation of live situations or three-dimensional objects. The rest of your portfolio should reflect your passion, ideas, and strengths. Transfer applicants seeking credit in studio art classes must also submit three images per class for evaluation. Portfolios can be submitted online using Slideroom. Full application requirements.

Application requirements

  • Application form
  • $50 application fee
  • Statement of purpose
  • Portfolio
  • Transfer portfolio (transfer students only)
  • Official high school transcript
  • Official college transcript (if you have completed college-level classes)
  • College course descriptions
  • SAT or ACT scores
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Résumé/List of activities
  • Copy of alien registration card (permanent residents only)
  • Verification of finances (international applicants only)
  • Declaration of finances (international applicants only)

For details and exceptions, please review full application requirements.

Early action
If MassArt is your first-choice college, you may want to consider Early Action. This option is intended for students who have a propensity for art and strong academic credentials. Admissions decisions for Early Action applicants are mailed in early January. To be considered for Early Action, you must:

  • Submit all application requirements by December 1.
  • Indicate your interest in Early Action on your application.
  • Be a first-time freshman or transfer student who has completed fewer than 15 studio credits.

Please note that if you are not accepted for Early Action, you will not be automatically reviewed for the regular deadline. You may reapply the following year. More information about deadlines.

Transfer placement
Approximately one-third of all new students enter MassArt as transfers. In addition to our general admissions requirement, all transfer applicants must submit college course descriptions. Transfer applicants seeking credit in studio art classes must submit a transfer portfolio with three images per class for evaluation. Transfer credits are awarded on a case-by-case basis following review of the college transcript, course descriptions, and portfolio (for studio courses). Transfer placement/level is based on the number of studio courses completed and how they pertain to MassArt's curriculum, as well as the strength of the portfolio. More information about transfer student requirements.

Advanced Placement (AP) credit
For students who receive an exam score of 4 or 5, MassArt will award three open studio elective credits for Advanced Placement (AP) art exams in Studio Art (Drawing, 2D Design, and 3D Design), and three credits in select humanities courses. Please note that AP examinations in both English Language and English Literature will be awarded as liberal arts elective credit and will not exempt you from Written Communication or Freshman Seminar.

To receive credit, please submit official AP scores to the Admissions Office.

SAT or ACT scores
Most applicants (freshmen and transfers) are required to submit official SAT I or ACT scores. MassArt's SAT school code is 3516. MassArt's ACT school code is 1846. Test scores can play an important role in the review process, but will not replace the importance or relevancy of an applicant's academic transcript. Transfer applicants who have earned 60 or more college credits, including liberal arts classes, are not required to submit SAT or ACT scores.

CEEB code
A CEEB code is needed when you register for SAT Program tests or send score reports to colleges. MassArt's CEEB code is 3516.

English proficiency (TOEFL/IELTS)
International students whose native language is not English are required to demonstrate proficiency in written and spoken English. To demonstrate English proficiency, an official copy of one of the following English proficiency exam scores is required:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum, computer-based test score: 213; internet-based composite test score (iBT): 85 with minimum section scores of 21 reading, 19 listening, 23 speaking, and 22 writing.
    MassArt's code for the TOEFL is 3516.

  • The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.0.

International students whose primary language is English will be required to submit SAT or ACT scores.

More information about international student requirements.

Application statistics* 

  • we receive more than 2000 undergraduate applications
  • 60-65% of applicants are admitted annually
  • average GPA: 3.4
  • average SAT score: 1650

*As of academic year 2012-2013

MassArt is pleased to offer tuition rates that are competitive with other private and public institutions of our size and caliber. The full-time (nine credits or more) undergraduate tuition and fees for the 2012- 2013 academic year are as follows:

  • Massachusetts Residents $10,4 00
  • New England Residents $18,600
  • Non-Residents $28,600

Please note that while tuition and fees increase on a yearly basis, MassArt is committed to making its education accessible through a variety of financial aid offerings, including merit and need-based aid, grants, and student loans. More information about tuition and fees.

Financial aid
More than 70% of MassArt students receive some form of financial assistance. To be considered for financial aid, applicants must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Be sure to indicate MassArt's Federal School Code (002180) while filing your FAFSA. Please note that only citizens and permanent residents of the United States are eligible for need-based financial aid.

Federal School Code (Title IV School Code)
The Title IV School Code is a Federal Institution code that you will need to complete your FAFSA. MassArt's Title IV School Code is 002180.

MassArt merit scholarships are quite competitive. Strong candidates will automatically be reviewed for awards for which they are eligible. Students must be high academic achievers with strong portfolios to be given serious consideration. Remember that both your technical and creative/conceptual skills should be equally represented within your portfolio.

It's important to note that some of our merit scholarships are also based on need. To receive fullest consideration for all merit scholarships, complete your FAFSA by February 15. The Scholarship Committee begins reviewing accepted applicants around March 1. Once the decisions have been made, scholarship recipients will be notified by letter from the Scholarship Committee. Scholarship recipients being awarded solely merit-based awards will be notified with their decision letter. All other merit/need-based scholarships will be reviewed after March 1. Recipients will be notified of these awards at the end of March and beginning of April.

More information about scholarships.

In fall of 2012, our third residence hall will rise 21 stories above Huntington Avenue. With the addition of this new residence hall, MassArt will be able to double the housing capacity that already exists in the Artist Residence and Smith Hall, and it will guarantee all freshmen and sophomores an on-campus home. More information about housing.

Meal Plan
Resident students who live on campus are enrolled in a declining balance meal plan that works just like a debit card and can be used at locations on the campuses of MassArt and Wentworth. The type of meal plan is dependent on where you live. More information about meal plans.

MassArt can issue a Certificate of Eligibility for Non-Immigrant (F-1) student status (Form I-20) only after it has offered an applicant admission into a degree program, and the applicant has furnished proof of financial support sufficient for one full year of the degree program in which he or she will enroll. More information about international students.

Clery Report
Massachusetts College of Art and Design is committed to the safety and security of our campus community. In accordance with the 1990 Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act (The Clery Act), and the 2008 Higher Education Opportunity Act, MassArt annually provides information on crime and fire statistics and policies to its on campus community. These statistics are published anually in the Clery Report which combines the campus safety report and the fire safety report. This report is distributed electronically to the entire MassArt community. In addition, this report is made available to the MassArt community and prospective students and employees on the college's website.

For more information, review the 2013 Clery Report or contact Deputy Chief David McDade at 617 879 7813 or

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