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Academic Resource Center

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) helps students to identify their strengths, manage their vulnerabilities, formulate academic study plans, and develop the skills in literacy, self-advocacy, technology, and communication necessary their artistic vision. Consultations are also available to faculty and staff working directly with, or on behalf of, MassArt students.

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

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Our Mission

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) at MassArt strives to address the needs of all learners and assist students in maximizing their academic success. Academic Advisors, Success Coaches, Content Tutors, and Writing Specialists in the ARC guide students in identifying strengths, managing vulnerabilities, formulating study plans, and developing the communications skills necessary to share their artistic vision. ARC also serves as a space for peer-to-peer interactions that help in the transition to college level academics.

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 Connections Many MassArt students think and learn outside the box. ARC Connections provides a relaxed environment for students with learning challenges to socialize, share tips for success, and discuss their unique experiences. Participants learn skills for academic and social success and have fun. Most importantly, there’s always pizza.

  • MAST (Making A Successful Transfer) Students who transfer to MassArt face unique challenges, including students who transfer in from local community colleges. MAST is a group of students who meet monthly to resolve academic issues and ease the adjustment to the MassArt culture.

  • 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.

  • Writing Support 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.


For Advising and Student Accesibility Services or Writing Support and Success Coaching, visit Tower 811, Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm, email or call 617.879.7280.