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University of Massachusetts Amherst



Dean's Welcome

As the creative heart of UMass Amherst, HFA brings together scholars and artists from a wide range of disciplines. The college offers exceptional opportunities for students to broaden their perspectives, apply their knowledge, and prepare to make contributions to their communities, to the workplace, and to the world. More...

Creative Economy

Research project that measured the economic impact of HFA and our alumni on the Pioneer Valley. More...

Academic Freedom

The College's official policy on academic and artistic freedom and community response.


HFA Academic Freedom Policy


The College of Humanities & Fine Arts vigorously supports the freedom of its faculty and students to pursue projects of educational value and artistic merit for presentation as part of its public and academic programming. While we do not seek out controversy, we recognize that certain presentations, exhibitions, performances, or lectures may provoke a variety of responses in community members. We welcome dialogue about the College’s projects and encourage community engagement for the betterment of our students’ educations. When possible, we will attempt to provide a public forum to address the issues raised. Please contact us with questions about our policy.