University of Massachusetts Amherst

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BA in Studio Arts

Many college students with a deep interest in art want and need time to explore the widest range of academics in order to hone their thinking and analytical skills as they simultaneously stretch their creative muscles.  Studying art at the college level harnesses students’ need to create, sharpens critical, analytical and practical thinking skills, improves attention, and prepares students for satisfying, productive careers in all areas. Recent research* supports the resilience and power engendered by undergraduate art study.  Our degree program leading to a Bachelor of Arts in Art provides a broad education in all facets of liberal arts as well as a solid foundation in a range of art media. The BA in Studio Arts program is particularly conducive to students who wish to double major in Art and another academic discipline.

High school students may apply to be admitted directly into the BA program in Studio Arts, or first-year students may apply to participate for the remainder of their years at UMass.  An interdisciplinary approach gives student artists maximum flexibility in exploring all contemporary media.  After completing a year of Foundations and Art History, BA in Studio Arts students go on to a range of intermediate and advanced courses in the following disciplines:  Animation, Ceramics, Intermedia, Painting, Printmaking, and Sculpture.

*There is a wealth of information about the value of a bachelor of arts degree in art at this clearinghouse for research in this area.