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Academic Resource Center

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) at MassArt collaborates with students and faculty to support instruction, enhance academic success, and retain a diverse student body. Academic Advisors, Success Coaches, Content Tutors, and Writing Specialists in the ARC guide students in identifying strengths, managing challenges, planning courses of study, and developing the communications skills necessary to share their artistic vision. The ARC serves as a space for peer-to-peer interactions that enhance the academic and studio experience. Student Accessibility Services within the ARC ensures that students with disabilities are provided the necessary accommodations and supports that assist in their success at MassArt.

All services offered through the ARC are free to MassArt students enrolled in a graduate, undergraduate, or certificate program.

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Our Services

  • Academic Advising The ARC is the source for graduation and curriculum requirements, academic college policies, change of major procedures, discussions of academic problems and issues. Academic Advisors within the ARC work with students to develop self-reliance, make informed decisions, and identify educational, personal, and life goals as they work toward the completion of their degree. Advisors complement the work of faculty advisors to assist students in navigating the extensive resources offered by the college and provide connection to those services throughout the Colleges of the Fenway and the Pro-Arts Consortium, which contribute to their academic achievement.

  • The Academic Compass Program helps students who meet MassArt admissions criteria and come from underserved (or historically underserved) communities, such as first-generation college students. Compass provides academic advising and mentoring to help these students transition more successfully from high school to college, addressing academic and non-academic expectations within the network of student support services.

  • ARC After Dark The ARC is now open until 8:00 pm for tutoring, advising, writing support, or just a quiet place to study or do homework. Coffee, tea, and hot chocolate are available at no charge.

  • Peer Tutoring Content specific tutoring is available through the ARC Peer Tutor Program. Upper class students are recommended by their instructors to serve as tutors and assist students to understand difficult concepts and to develop technology skills.

  • Student Accessibility Services Students with documented disabilities are entitled to reasonable accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Amendments Act (ADAA) of 2008. ARC staff provide students with learning, ADHD, hearing, visual, medical, psychological, mobility and autism spectrum disorders the tools they need to fulfill the fundamental requirements of the curriculum and take part in the MassArt environment.

  • Success Coaching Academic Success Coaches encourage students to become actively engaged in the learning process and to develop new strategies for academic self-support. Working with students on a one-to-one basis, success coaches introduce skills such as time management, self-motivation, confidence building, and study skills to bring about project completion. Coaching is available to all MassArt students.

  • The Writing Center ARC Writing Specialists work with students to develop written communication skills that support students’ success throughout MassArt and beyond. All college related writing projects are eligible to be reviewed by a specialist including general course assignments, research papers, artist statements, grant proposals, internship applications, and cover letters. More specialized support is also offered for English language learners and in Art History.


During the summer months, please make appointments directly with the ARC by emailing or calling 617.879.7280.