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For freshmen, the required Foundation Year primes students for the journey to discover their creative passion. The Foundation Year provides students with the technical expertise to further their artistic education in their desired major. After completing the Foundation Year, students are required to continue taking Liberal Arts and History of Art courses, which comprise one-third of the Bachelor of Fine Arts program, throughout their MassArt studies. Both curricula are designed to enhance and complement the creativity that happens during the sophomore, junior, and senior years at MassArt. 


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FOUR YEAR PLAN AND BFA DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Students must complete a total of 120 credits to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. (The Art Education tracks that prepare students for licensure require students to complete as many as 126 credits).

MassArt’s curriculum is sequential and all students must complete the required Foundation Year courses prior to entering their desired major.

Year 1 - Foundation Year: 30 credits

  • 2 semesters of Drawing (Figurative/Breadth) - 6 credits
  • Visual Language (2D) - 3 credits
  • Time (4D) - 3 credits
  • Form Study (3D) - 3 credits
  • Studio Elective 3 credits
  • Thinking, Making, Writing - 3 credits
  • Freshman Seminar - 3 credits
  • Intro to Western Art - 3 credits
  • History of Art Elective - 3 credits

Year 2 - Sophomore Year: 30 credits

  • Major Requirements - 12 credits
  • Studio/Open Elective - 6 credits*
  • Liberal Arts/History of Art Electives - 12 credits

Year 3 - Junior Year: 30 credits

  • Major Requirements - 12 credits
  • Studio/Open Electives - 6 credits*
  • Liberal Arts/History of Art Electives - 12 credits

Year 4 - Senior Year: 30 credits

  • Major Requirements - 12 credits
  • Studio/Open Electives - 6 credits*
  • Liberal Arts/History of Art Electives - 12 credits

*Depending upon departmental requirements, electives may be studio, open, liberal arts, history of art, or departmentally required. Please consult the departmental course requirement listings online.