The Department of Art at the University of Massachusetts Amherst offers post-secondary education in a full range of disciplines. These include painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, animation and intermedia.
Interdisciplinary study is at the core of our philosophy, and we encourage students to pursue experience across art disciplines, as well as exploring the diverse fields of arts, humanities, and sciences open to them at this premier research university.
Undergraduates majoring in Art may enroll in our Bachelor of Fine Arts Program, tailored to students who plan to become 21st century professional artists. Art majors who are looking for the broadest available liberal arts education may choose our Bachelor of Arts in Art degree. Future primary and secondary school art teachers are comprehensively prepared in our Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education program.
The UMass Amherst Master of Fine Arts Degree in Art program is a three-year immersive course of study for post-graduates who wish to expand their critical thinking and disciplinary technique, and develop the experience needed for careers in academics. We also offer a Master of Arts Degree in Art Education for artists who want to branch out into teaching and for current teachers to engage in advanced professional development.
Our campus boasts six galleries dedicated to exhibitions of student and professional work. Situated in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, UMass is an ideal base from which students may join the rich creative community of the artists and craftspeople who live and work in this area.
UMass is part of the Five College Consortium, making it easy for students to take advantage of classes, in, among many other fields, Film Studies, Arts Management, Museum Studies and Information Technology, offered at Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges.
We offer a New York Professional Outreach Program to both graduates and undergraduates to connect students to artists, writers and curators in the professional world and to allow them to see firsthand current exhibitions in the galleries and museums of New York.