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Application Requirements by Program

In addition to MassArt's Application Process, each Graduate Program has specific requirements and processes.

Master of Architecture
(M.Arch) >>

In addition to MassArt’s Graduate Application for Summer 2018; M.Arch applicants selected for interviews, who are seeking advanced Track I placement, or M.Arch Track II placement, will be asked to submit documentation of equivalencies for the Track I pre-professional courses, prior to on campus interviews in February. Graduate Admissions will provide the necessary forms after the initial review of applications. In advance, please review M.Arch Placement Transfer Evaluation Guidelines for further details on the necessary documentation. The M.Arch Program Coordinator, in collaboration with Departmental Faculty and the Dean of Graduate Programs, evaluate all M.Arch applicants for placement into Track I (pre-professional and professional coursework) and Track II (professional coursework), and for advanced placement in Track I or for transfer credit in either program.

Applicants will be notified of admissions decisions in March. Accepted students will receive a program evaluation specifying accepted coursework and the balance of degree requirements to be taken at MassArt and provided with enrollment related information. Information regarding depositing and enrolling in MasaArt's M.Arch program will be specified in the Acceptance Packet mailed in March. Deposits for Summer enrollment are April 15. Registration information will be sent via the Graduate Programs Office; gradprogams@massart.edu.

Master of Art in Teaching (MAT) >>

The MAT: Master of Arts in Teaching/Art Education program is intended for students who hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, possess a strong studio art background, and are interested in art education.

The program combines work in teaching methods, development, aesthetics, and studio processes. The MAT: Master of Arts in Teaching/Art Education program provides the coursework necessary for Initial and Professional Licensure in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 

Teaching licensure in Massachusetts requires passing the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL). Candidates for the MAT: Master of Arts in Teaching/Art Education program who are planning to seek licensure are encouraged to pass the MTEL tests in both 'Communications and Literacy Skills' and 'Visual Arts' before they apply for admission

Teacher Preparation Program (TPP) >>

The Teacher Preparation Program is intended for post-baccalaureate students with strong undergraduate backgrounds in studio art seeking initial licensure as art educators. The 24-credit course requirements can be completed in two, three, or more semesters, depending on the needs of the individual student. 

The curriculum focuses primarily on pedagogical theory and pre-practicum and practicum (fieldwork) experience. Students have the opportunity to teach in MassArt's Saturday Studios program, designing Saturday morning art classes for students in grades 4 through 12, offering a unique chance to gain classroom experience before they move on to complete the final piece of their post-baccalaureate program, the student teacher practicum.

Candidates for the program must demonstrate competencies in areas specified by the state department of education. Teaching licensure in Massachusetts requires passing the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL). Candidates for the teacher preparation program who are planning to seek licensure are encouraged to pass MTEL tests (both the Communications and Literacy Skills test and Visual Arts test) before they apply for admission.

Master of Design: Design Innovation (MDes) >> 

The MDes: Design Innovation program, is MassArt's 60-credit graduate program offering a two-year Master of Design. The Design Innovation program emphasizes four key skill areas (empathy, analysis, contextual understanding, and communication).

The program seeks applicants who demonstrate academic and/or professional achievement in the design fields and who have the potential for advanced work in the area selected for study. Applicants to the MDes program normally hold a professional degree and are expected to possess at least two years of professional experience in a design-related field. Candidates have varying educational backgrounds and work experiences. MDes welcomes students with broad backgrounds from industrial design, graphic design, fashion design, architectural design, to the social sciences.

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

The MFA program includes 5 separate fine arts disciplines: 2D Fine Arts, 3D Fine Arts, Film/Video, Photography

Admission to the MFA program is highly competitive and attracts applicants with professional portfolios who are interested in pursuing intensive study in the fine arts. Applicants who are accepted typically have been developing their portfolios for several years. The full-residency MFA program requires a full-time commitment over two years. 

MFA candidates must have completed a minimum of twelve semester credits of art history, including survey courses in their prior or undergraduate studies. Candidates who do not meet this requirement will be considered for admission, but may be required to complete six credits in art history, in courses approved by the College, prior to entering MassArt.

Master of Fine Arts in Design, Dynamic Media Institute (DMI) >> 

The MFA: Design, offered through our Dynamic Media Institute, operates as MassArt's 60-credit graduate program offering two-year and three-year tracks towards the completion of an MFA degree in design. 

Applicants to the institute are expected to possess at least two years of professional experience in a design-related field. Candidates have varying educational backgrounds and work experiences. DMI counts graphic designers, programmers, industrial designers, architects, journalists, social scientists, biologists, dancers, and writers among its graduates.

Master of Fine Arts: Low-Residency in Boston (MFA) >>

The MFA: Fine Arts (Low-Residency in Boston) program is ideal for artists who work across disciplines in that it allows self-directed students to develop a course of study that might involve a combination of media, technologies, and techniques.

Students attend six-week summer residencies in Boston which foster an intense studio environment and establish creative collaboration. and return to campus in January for mid-term reviews. Between residencies, students work under the guidance of artist/mentors through monthly studio visits and critiques and take online art history and critical studies courses.

MFA candidates must have completed a minimum of twelve semester credits of art history, including survey courses in their prior or undergraduate studies. Candidates who do not meet this requirement will be considered for admission, but may be required to complete six credits in art history, in courses approved by the College, prior to entering MassArt.