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Sustainability Minor students seek to understand and integrate sustainable practices into their art and design education.

The MassArt Minor in Sustainability, an 18-credit program developed in collaboration with the Colleges of the Fenway (COF), offers students the opportunity to infuse their art and design education with a focus on sustainable practices. As communities across the globe recognize that human activities are threatening the natural world, it has become more important than ever for artists and designers to engage with – and lead – the conversation on sustainability.

Students who minor in Sustainability are innovative artists and designers who seek to understand, engage with, and solve sustainability issues at the intersection of ecology, health, and social justice. Working with other like-minded students, as a Sustainability Minor you will explore interdisciplinary collaboration and problem solving, to develop innovative solutions to current sustainability issues.

At MassArt, students also understand that the most vulnerable members of society are often those most affected by changes in the environment. Therefore, the minor program emphasizes sustainable practices that address the complex systemic challenges at the intersection of justice, health, and the environment.

Through Environmental Forum courses, Sustainability Minor students are exposed to contemporary sustainability issues through a series of discussions with local, regional and national experts in the field. Students may do internships and practice civic engagement through community service in organizations dedicated to sustainability practice. 


Complete your requirements in studio, liberal arts, and art history electives while you focus on sustainability education and practice by completing 18 credits of classes in any department, generally six 3-credit courses. The courses you take for the Minor in Sustainability also fulfill the requirements for your LA/HART courses and studio electives.

Classes in the Minor include a required interdisciplinary course taught through the Colleges of the Fenway; internship credit is also possible. Though your coursework in the Minor you will be guided to develop fundamental interdisciplinary and collaborative skills necessary to address complex sustainability issues. The coursework in your major will be informed and enhanced by your study of Sustainability. This Minor was developed in collaboration with faculty from all the Colleges of the Fenway.

Sustainability Minor

  • Learn about issues of sustainability across academic and studio disciplines.
  • Understand the implications of sustainability for your practice as an artist or designer.
  • Meet other students exploring sustainability practices.
  • Focus connections between your Liberal Arts requirements and your studio practice.
  • Interact with sustainability practitioners in a variety of fields, inside and outside of MassArt.
  • Explore interdisciplinary collaboration and problem solving to develop innovative solutions to current sustainability issues.
  • Draw upon the resources of the Colleges of the Fenway community through coursework with sustainability practitioners in different disciplines.
  • Experience civic engagement through community service in an organization dedicated to sustainability practice.

Director Sustainability Minor

Jane Marsching Program Area Chair, Time, Studio Foundation

Sustainability in the Curriculum Committee

Marjee-Anne Levine Visiting Lecturer, Sculpture
Saúl Nava Chair, Integrative Sciences and Biological Arts
Colleges of the Fenway

Students are encouraged to take courses at our neighboring colleges. Find more program information about cross-registration on the COF website.

COF Cross-Registration 
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