Massachusetts College of Art and Design

621 Huntington Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts

It's not the paint. It isn't the software. It's not the fabric or the clay, either. It's what you do with it. At MassArt, we're all about independence. We give students the tools they need to succeed then encourage them to explore new ideas, challenge preconceptions, and develop their own point of view. At MassArt, you won't find your place, you'll create.

Founded in 1873, Massachusetts College of Art and Design has been at the forefront of art and design for more than a century. It is located in the heart of Boston, the cultural hub of New England and the number one college town in the United States. With higher education among the city's top industries, it's a community that is constantly exploring new ideas and envisioning the future--in fact, Boston is known worldwide as a center for social, cultural, and political change.

At MassArt, students and faculty plug into the city's spirit of innovation, rethinking how artists and designers shape our world. Students engage in service learning, experiencing firsthand how artists interact with their communities. They work with leading companies like Reebok, Merck, and Harmonix (Guitar Hero and Rock Band) and see exactly how design can drive the economy. Student learn how their actions impact the world and do their part, as artists and designers, to contribute to a more sustainable future. They embrace the rich heritage and diversity of Boston, travel the world to experience other cultures and then bring their new knowledge back home.

The students at MassArt are a diverse group, but they have one thing in common--they strive to make a difference in the world.

DEGREES OFFERED: BFA, MFA, MAT, MSAE, M. Arch
ACCREDITATION: NAAB, NASAD, NEASC
MAJORS OFFERED:

2D Fine Arts**
3D Fine Arts**
Animation*
Architectural Design
Art Education
Ceramics*
Design Innovation**
Dynamic Media Institute**
Fashion Design*
Fibers*
Film/Video
Fine Arts**

 

Furniture Design*
Glass*
Graphic Design*
History of Art*
Illustration*
Industrial Design*
Jewelry and Metalsmithing
Painting*
Photography
Printmaking*
Sculpture*
Studio for Interrelated Media (SIM)*

* UNDERGRADUATE ONLY
** GRADUATE ONLY

FOUNDATION PROGRAM
The Studio Foundation program—dedicated to exploration, idea generation, critical thinking, and craftsmanship—provides a comprehensive introduction to studio techniques and media. This curriculum is required of all MassArt students before entering their desired major.


This program is Residential.

UNDERGRADUATE COST OF ATTENDANCE 2016-2017
FULL-TIME DEPENDENT  
TUITION $ 32,800*
MANDATORY FEES 0
BOOKS & SUPPLIES 2,100
ON-CAMPUS ROOM & BOARD 13,100
OFF-CAMPUS ROOM & BOARD 13,100
OTHER 1,500
FINANCIAL AID 2015-2016 FULL-TIME FRESHMEN *
AID CATEGORY AVG PER RECIPIENT 1st YR RECIPIENTS
INSTITUTIONAL AWARDS4 $7,757 70%
FEDERAL/NATIONAL GRANTS 4,313 31%
STATE & LOCAL GRANTS 2,982 25%
FEDERAL STUDENT LOANS 5,511 64%

AVERAGE AMOUNT RECEIVED PER RECIPIENT: $27,335
49% OF FULL-TIME FRESHMEN RECEIVED AID

* Most recent financial aid data available

ACCEPTANCE RATE: 70%

Acceptance Rate = The percentage of students admitted out of applications received in a given year.

ATTENDANCE RATE: 37%

Attendance Rate (also know as yield) = The percentage of admitted students who enroll in a given year.

ENROLLMENT: FALL 2016

UNDERGRADUATE FTE1 = 1,671

UNDERGRADUATE

FULL-TIME 1,560
PART-TIME 275

NOTE 1: "Full-Time Equivalent" is the common way to measure the relative size of colleges. This adjusts for differences in the percentage of part-time students (or faculty). For example: one full-time student = 1 FTE; three half-time students = 1.5 FTE, etc.

UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS PROCESS
APPLICATION: Required
ONLINE APPLICATION: Optional
HOME EXAM: Not Required
INTERVIEW: Not Required
ESSAY: Required
SAT / ACT: Not Required
PORTFOLIO: Required

TRANSCRIPTS

HIGH SCHOOL: Required
COLLEGE: Required, if transferring
FACULTY: 2016-2017

FACULTY FTE1 = 185

FULL-TIME 116
PART-TIME 160
 

STUDENT/FACULTY RATIO: FALL 2016
9.7 TO 1
FTE STUDENTS PER FTE FACULTY1

RETENTION

FRESHMAN RETENTION2

FALL 2014 FRESHMEN
RETURNING IN FALL 2015
92%
 
FALL 2015 FRESHMEN
RETURNING IN FALL 2016
90%

SIX-YEAR GRADUATION RATE2

FALL 2009 FRESHMEN
GRADUATING WITHIN SIX YEARS
 
72%
 
FALL 2010 FRESHMEN
GRADUATING WITHIN SIX YEARS
 
72%

UNDERGRADUATE ETHNICITY

FALL 2016

UNDERGRADUATE GENDER DISTRIBUTION

FALL 2016
71% FEMALE
29% MALE

NEW STUDENT GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION3

FALL 2016
OTHER PROGRAMS

Certificates in Fashion Design, Furniture Design, Graphic Design, and Industrial Design
Continuing Education Courses
Micro MBA for Artists
Dual Enrollment Opportunities for High School Students
Summer Workshops in Bennington, Vermont
Youth Programs during Saturdays, February + April Vacation Week, and Summers

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES

Internships
Career Services Office
Housing Office
AICAD Exchange Program
International Travel Courses

NOTE 1: "Full-Time Equivalent" is the common way to measure the relative size of colleges. This adjusts for differences in the percentage of part-time students (or faculty). For example: one full-time student = 1 FTE; three half-time students = 1.5 FTE, etc. NOTE 2: Retention and graduation rates for Art Center College of Design are calculated using the entire new student population entering Spring, Summer, and Fall terms (including a large population of transfer students), and not only "First-Time, Full-Time Freshmen" as required by the U.S. Department of Education. Thus these numbers are different than the retention and graduation reported to the U.S. Department of Education. NOTE 3: Geographic distribution is reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates. NOTE 4: Includes all institutional scholarships and grants, but does not include College Work Study or third party awards. NOTE 5: Data presented is drawn from the most recent school year available. NOTE 6: All $-amounts are shown in US dollars. Canadian $-amounts were converted to US dollars using exchange rate at the time the data were collected ($1 Canadian = $0.70 US).