The UMass Amherst Department of Art gives undergraduates and graduate students the opportunity to receive a world-class art education while taking advantage of all that a large research university has to offer.
Highly motivated art students who choose UMass enter the University with both creative dreams and focused career goals. Fostering both practical and intellectual skills, we nurture the creative process while offering professional guidance in order to prepare graduates for 21st century careers.
UMass Amherst gives students the chance to explore a variety of art media, from drawing and painting, to ceramics, animation, photography, sculpture, video production, and printmaking. Students learn from the working artists who are our faculty, and create art in specialized studios.
The Studio Arts Building, constructed in 2008, is a state-of-the-art facility housing, in addition to studio classrooms, shops for wood and metal work, glaze and kiln rooms, darkrooms, computer labs and a digital print center. Graduate and undergraduate majors (through an application process) are allotted individual studio space in the facility, a highly unusual benefit, not found in many of today’s universities. Graduate students receive either private or two-person studios, depending upon their practice and need, and advanced undergraduates are eligible to work in one of 30 private undergraduate studios.
Artists who study at UMass Amherst emerge with cutting edge skills and the critical thinking abilities they will need to thrive in contemporary work and society.
Even those art majors who do not go on to pursue professional art careers find themselves successful in a variety of fields, many with an emphasis on the nonprofit sector.
To learn more about the benefits of a degree in art, go to http://snaap.indiana.edu/ . (This website is maintained by Indiana University, but pertains to art students from any institution.)