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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, Peer Advisors and Peer Tutors, and Writing Specialists in the ARC guide students in identifying strengths, managing challenges, planning courses of study, and in 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.
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.
Peer Advisors: Peer Advisors are undergraduate student advisors who provide support, mentoring, tutoring and logistical assistance to all students, specifically new students in transition and commuters throughout their experience at MassArt. PAs assist new students with their transition to life at MassArt by planning information sessions, remote one-on-one meetings, electronic/phone correspondence, tutoring, and provide overall academic support to students as they develop competence and mastery in their artistry, creativity, self-critique, self-expression, self-reflection, self- management and Inquiry. PAs are trained to answer a wide range of questions and provide resources for support that ultimately assist students to achieve their goals while developing academic skills at MassArt.
Peer Tutoring is available through the ARC for all students. Peer Tutors are trained to assist students one-to-one remotely and in small groups to assist students in their skill development in areas of note-taking, reading comprehension, test-taking strategies, and writing development for all academic courses, particularly History of Art and Liberal Art courses. Peer Tutors meet with students to review assignments and assist them in preparing for major papers or tests.
Success Coaching: 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.
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 provides students with learning, ADHD, hearing, visual, medical, psychological, mobility disorders, as well as neurodiverse students the tools they need to fulfill the fundamental requirements of the curriculum and take part in the MassArt environment.
The Writing Center: Writing Specialists and Peer Tutors 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.
Academic Resource Center
621 Huntington Avenue
Tower Building, Room 811
Boston, MA 02115
T: 617.879.7280 • F: 617.879.7240
Note: Online access may not be available during the summer months.