October 8, 2020

Call for applications: Graduate programs in Fine Art, Design, and Art Education

Massachusetts College of Art and Design

(1) Dennis Svoronos (MFA'19), Hemispheric Communication, 2018. (2) Guest Critic Susanna Coffey with Huiquan Jiang (MFA'20). (3) Nathan Heilman (MFA'20), View of [un]reliable narrator, 2020. Photos: Rebecca Morrison (MFA'18).

The Massachusetts College of Art & Design is now accepting applications for admission to all graduate programs in fine art, design, and art education. The priority deadline for fall and summer 2021 program start dates is January 2, 2021.

MassArt graduate programs
MassArt's graduate students make up a diverse community of artists, designers, and educators, working together in state-of-the-art facilities in the heart of Boston. Intimate class sizes allow for mentorship with world-class faculty, and collaboration across disciplines is encouraged.

Graduate students work in a wide range of media, employing an array of strategies and approaches, and all programs share the common values of innovation, empathy, and social engagement. Technical advancement and practical exploration are grounded in an awareness of historical and global contexts; skills and theoretical frameworks are developed side by side.

MassArt graduate students have opportunities to exhibit work both on and off campus, and to connect with internationally renowned visiting artists, designers, entrepreneurs, and scholars.

Student and alumni opportunities
All full-time graduate students are eligible to apply for a range of paid on-campus teaching and administrative assistantships. Off-campus internships are encouraged, and grad students may apply for paid positions that can also earn credit, during the academic year and the summer break. Graduate students are also afforded a variety of opportunities to exhibit their work both on and off-campus, in group shows and with their graduating cohort in their final thesis exhibition.

Several post-graduate residency opportunities are offered each year to recent alums, including international teaching residencies in Beijing, China, and Bangalore, India. The Graduate Programs also coordinate and provide funding for local and regional artist residencies for alums at MASS MoCA, The Longy School of Music of Bard College, and The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and the Chautauqua Institution.

Programs of study:
Graduate degrees in Fine Arts:
MFA: 3D Fine Arts / MFA: 2D Fine Arts / MFA: Film/Video / MFA: Photography / MFA: Fine Arts (Low Residency)
Graduate degrees in Design: MArch: Master of Architecture / MDES: Master of Design Innovation / MFA: Design (The Dynamic Media Institute)
Graduate degrees in Art Education: MAT: Master of Arts in Teaching / MEd: Master of Education
Post-Baccalaureate programs: Post-Bac in Design: Dynamic Media Institute / Post-Bac in Photography / Art Education Post-Bac: Teacher Preparation Program

About MassArt
Founded in 1873, MassArt has a unique legacy of leadership as the first freestanding, public college of art and design in the country and the nation’s first art school to grant a degree. MassArt’s mission is both lofty and grounded: to prepare students from diverse backgrounds to positively impact every society they join, and to become leaders in the creative economy as artists, designers, and educators. Since its founding, MassArt has consistently advocated for access to and equity in art, design, and education. Our alumni have long been agents of change, driven by independence, entrepreneurship, and passion.

Learn more
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Register for an Info Session: Join us for a 30-minute webinar to learn about MassArt’s Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate programs. Following the presentation, there will be a Q&A in which we can answer any questions you may have.

Take a virtual tour of MassArt’s Boston campus.

How to apply
View graduate admissions requirements by individual program for details.

Stacy Petersen-Domurat, Associate Director of Graduate Admissions, gradadmissions [​at​] / T 617 879 7238

See MassArt’s response to Covid-19 and the Fall 2020 Return to Learning and Making plan.

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