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Application Requirements

all programs

Application Fee
The application fee is $35. Please send payment to:

MassArt Professional and Continuing Education
621 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115 

The application fee may be paid via check, money order or credit card online. Please do not send cash.

Deadline
Applications must be postmarked by April 1 for fall start. The deadline of November 1 is for spring start. Program faculty review applications in the month following the deadline. Applicants will be notified by mail.

Statement of Purpose
In a two page statement, describe your experience and training in the program of your choice. Also describe your interest in this program and what you hope to achieve during your course of study.

Resume
Supplement your application with a résumé outlining your accomplishments and experience.

1-2 Letters of Recommendation (optional)
One or two recommendations from teachers or employers supporting your application are welcomed but optional.

In addition to the items listed below, each Certificate Program requires the specific materials listed below.

Official High School Transcript
If you currently hold a baccalaureate degree or have earned 60 credits or more at the point of applying you do not need to submit a transcript.

Fashion design

Collage
Create an original collage of found images that illustrates your interest in, and perspective on the fashion industry. The collage should be no smaller than 8 1/2” x 11” and no larger than 14” x 17”. Send a color copy or print of your work; do not send originals.

furniture design

Program Eligibility
Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED.

Prerequisites
Students entering the program are required to have completed two classes, Fundamentals of Fine Woodworking and Machine Woodworking, at North Bennet Street before starting the program sequence at MassArt. Information on these courses is available at nbss.edu.

graphic design

Program Eligibility
All applicants for the Graphic Design Certificate must have completed a minimum of 60 undergraduate credits in an accredited post-secondary institution.

Program Requirements
Students entering the program must have a basic proficiency in the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign,...) as well as basic drawing skills. Classes are available through Professional and Continuing Education for students seeking to build those skills prior to application.

Portfolio of 15-20 Images
Portfolios for design certificate applicants are expected to demonstrate basic skills in visual language (drawing, color, composition, 2D, and 3D design) as well as some proficiency and interest in design. A majority of the images should demonstrate proficiency in drawing from observation.

Industrial Design

Program Eligibility
All applicants for the Industrial Design Certificate must have completed a Bachelor's Degree.

Portfolio of 15-20 Images
Portfolios for design certificate applicants are expected to demonstrate basic skills in visual language (drawing, color, composition, 2D, and 3D design) as well as some proficiency and interest in design. A majority of the images should demonstrate proficiency in drawing from observation.