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Applicant Types

Are you confused about what type of applicant you are? The definitions below should clarify things for you.

First-time Freshman

If you have not had any formal education beyond high school, you are considered a first-time freshman applicant, even if you have been out of high school for several years. Review application requirements.

Transfer Student

A transfer applicant is anyone who has earned college credit after receiving a high school diploma or GED. Typically, these students were pursuing degrees from four-year liberal arts colleges, universities, two-year community colleges or other colleges of art or design. Review transfer application requirements.

Second-Degree Candidates (BA, BS, BFA) 

A student who has already earned an undergraduate degree from another institution and wishes to earn a BFA degree at MassArt is considered a transfer student and must complete the transfer admissions process

A student who has already completed a BFA from MassArt may not return to the college to earn a second BFA degree. These students may, however, apply to MassArt's Graduate, Post-Bac, and Certificate Programs. Refer to individual programs for further guidelines.

International Student

Any applicant who is not a citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States is considered an international applicant. Students must fulfill special requirements.

Re-admission Candidate

Students who withdrew from MassArt and want to return should call the Registrar Office at 617.879.7272 for more information.

In many instances, a student will need to reapply to the College and follow the same application requirements and procedures as transfer students. When reapplying, your statement should address your reasons for leaving MassArt, your activities while you were not enrolled, and your reasons for seeking readmission at this time.

Please note that you do not need to submit a high school transcript, SAT/ACT scores, or MassArt transcript. Please submit any new college transcripts.

Visiting Student

Students enrolled in an undergraduate program at another college who want to enroll in a one- or two- semester program of study at Massachusetts College of Art and Design may apply for visiting student status, which is limited to one year. Students enrolled in an undergraduate program in a member college of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD) should refer to the information on the AICAD Exchange program below.

All other students need to complete the undergraduate transfer application requirements for consideration. The required essay should specifically address your reasons for applying as a visiting student. Students invited for visiting student enrollment are responsible for negotiating transfer credit for their MassArt experience with their home institution and are not eligible for financial aid from MassArt.

AICAD exchange

If you are enrolled in an undergraduate program at a member college of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD), you may be able to apply to study at MassArt for one semester through the AICAD Exchange program. Please visit the AICAD Exchange Coordinator at your home institution for more information.

Incoming International Exchange Applicant

MassArt has 14 international exchange partners. Please visit Incoming Exchange Applicants for the most up-to-date information on how to apply. We only accept applicants from institutions listed, and you must have the permission from your home institution's exchange coordinator to apply.

Early Admissions Applicant

Candidates of exceptional merit can be considered for admission after completion of their junior year of high school prior to graduation.

This should not be confused with Early Action, the optional early deadline for first-time freshmen. Students actually graduating at the end of their junior year should follow regular application procedures.

In addition to completing the application requirements for first time freshmen, Early Admission applicants must also submit letters of support from a parent or guardian and high school administration.

Early Admission candidates must be able to meet all high school requirements and obtain their high school diplomas after completing the foundation program at MassArt. Only highly motivated and mature students who have excellent high school records and exceptional art ability should consider this option.

Certificate Program Applicant

MassArt‘s certificate programs are for working adults seeking rigorous programs which combine theory and practice. Students who seek expertise in a particular area but do not want to pursue a full degree may choose to enroll in one of four certificate programs. Certificate courses are taught by MassArt faculty and provide students with the solid professional skills required to enter the workforce as a practicing designer.

Programs are offered in the areas of Fashion Design, Furniture Design, Graphic Design, and Industrial Design. Please visit Certificate Programs for more information about coursework and the application process.