May 1, 2021 - Update to the Community
A new beginning!
After a year and a half of turmoil and disruption, we are looking forward to our return to campus this coming Fall. Responding to the health and safety needs of our community required us to adapt, innovate, and change in the most difficult of circumstances last year, and together we did it.
For Fall 2021, we are looking forward to returning to so many tried-and-true studio practices, as well as adapting some strategies learned during the pandemic that made our curriculum more accessible and flexible. For example, all of the technological tools we brought on board, such as free access to the Adobe Creative Suite and remote printing services, will continue. Also, the materials kits, specific to each major, to help our students get the most out of the work they do off campus will be provided at the start of the semester.
As of now, the plan is for 80% of Fall 2021 studio courses to have in-person instruction, and our residence halls will be at 85-100% capacity, now that vaccine requirements for students and fewer health restrictions will allow roommates to live together safely.
On April 26th, a new requirement for students to be fully-vaccinated by the Fall semester was just issued by the Massachusetts State University System. This means that we will have more opportunity for safe in-person classes and studio instruction. The incredible range of art and design taught at MassArt means that there is a wide variety of curricular plans for this coming year. Please use the links below to learn more about each department’s Fall plan. Students may also contact their instructors directly for specific details for their classes.
Our campus community will continue to follow certain mask protocols to be determined for indoors, and will have access to a dedicated testing facility. Testing requirements that are based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), State of Massachusetts and City of Boston recommendations will be announced later this summer. Our Facilities team will continue to use the current thorough Covid-19 cleaning and sanitization protocols and implement new ones in preparation for a more populated and active campus.
For the 2021-2022 academic year, MassArt is freezing tuition and fees at 2020-2021 levels for our undergraduates, so we can continue to provide one of the most affordable art and design educations in the United States.
We look forward to updating you on our plans, and to welcoming new and returning students, faculty and staff to campus in September.
Read the Plan
The Return to Learning & Making: 2020-2021 Plan consolidates information about health and safety protocols, housing information, remote and hybrid learning, and resources for students, faculty, and staff provided in the above sections of the website.