The University of Massachusetts Amherst

On the Fringe

Through the Fringe Fest, theater students create brilliant original works, experimental productions, and more.

Theater student working behind the scenes


Fringe Fest student admires photographs

As the creative and cultural heart of UMass Amherst, HFA brings together scholars and artists from a wide range of disciplines. 


Undergraduate Major Programs


Master’s Programs


Doctoral Programs



Karl Lyn

Socially Responsible Scholars

HFA students are changemakers. When Karl Lyn, doctoral student in Afro-American Studies, was selected as a 2023 Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellows, he was honored to continue his work as a socially responsible scholar and educator who works toward equity and justice in and beyond the academy.

Rebecca Lorimer Leonard reading to a class

Distinguished Faculty

Students in HFA learn from esteemed faculty like Rebecca Lorimer Leonard, associate professor of English, who received a 2022-23 Distinguished Teaching Award. The award honors exemplary teaching at the highest institutional level. 

Hisao Kushi

Alumni as Changemakers

Inspiring, thoughtful, creative: HFA alumni do it all in a wide range of fields, from performing and visual arts and design to law, medicine, journalism, communications, education, and entrepreneurship. As students, you can gain access to this brilliant network of innovators ready to connect.

Student outside of campus center

Student Resources

New to campus or returning to HFA for another great semester? Find all the resources available to you in one easy place—from career and advising resources to ways to get involved!
Resources for Current Students

In the spotlight

Erika Zekos

Our goal is tied into two things: a longstanding interest by the Department of Architecture and its faculty to do outreach to the next generation of college students, and the intention of making this field—and our degree—accessible to everyone.

Erika Zekos Senior lecturer and Undergraduate Program Director in the Department of Architecture
Student and Monika hugging

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