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Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Massachusetts College of Art and Design 621 Huntington Ave Boston, MA 02115 Phone: (617) 879-7000
  • General Information
    About Massachusetts College of Art and Design

    Massachusetts College of Art and Design is a public, independent college of art and design. The college's professional baccalaureate and graduate programs prepare students to participate in the creative economy as fine artists, designers, and art educators, and to engage in the well being of their society. As a national leader in visual art and design education, the college influences contemporary culture through the accomplishments of its alumni and the creative activities of its faculty and staff. We base our priorities on a set of shared values: ■We affirm the inherent value of the arts as a life enhancing force. ■We recognize the power of art and design in many spheres of public life. ■We take pride in our unique heritage as the only publicly supported freestanding college of visual arts in the United States. ■We are committed to being an educational and cultural resource for the citizens of Massachusetts. ■We believe that academic excellence is fundamental to professional education in the visual arts. ■We believe that diversity-in background, status, culture, and viewpoint-is essential to a vital and creative community. ■We respect the roles and views of all members of our college community and operate our institution in a spirit of collegiality. ■We aspire to an ideal of service to the wider community and of advocacy for the value of the arts. As artists, designers, and educators, we are committed to the following priorities: ■We provide rigorous professional programs in the visual arts, grounded in the broader context of liberal learning and designed to encourage individual creativity. ■We challenge students to develop their talents to their highest potential, questioning the traditional boundaries of disciplines. ■We work to build diversity and inclusiveness in our faculty, staff, and student body. ■We foster community-building both inside and outside the college. ■We educate students to examine critically the form and content of art, both their own and others', to understand it in historical, social, and global contexts. ■We choose faculty who are practicing professionals in their disciplines and whose work reflects the level of excellence we promote for our students. ■We seek students with excellent potential, regardless of limitations in their opportunities for preparation. ■We nurture the development of students as artists and as individuals, through services which meet their academic, personal, and social needs. ■We embrace new technologies as opportunities to advance the creative potentials of our disciplines, and we promote innovative and responsible uses of technology in the realization of artistic concepts. ■We recognize that artists and individuals educate themselves over a lifetime and are dedicated to serving that need.


    Institutional statistical data was gathered from the U.S. Department of Education - Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, 2009-2010.

    Institution Type
    • 4-year, Public
    Special Learning Opportunities
    • Teacher certification
    • Distance learning opportunities
    • Study abroad
    Student Services
    • General Education Courses
    • Career Services available upon completion
    Credit Accepted
    • Dual credit
    • Credit for life experiences
    • Advanced placement (AP) credits
    • The acceptance of credits for work experience or military experience are subject to review by the school and cannot be guaranteed.
    Religious Affiliation
    • Not applicable
    Federal Aid
    • Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
    Degrees/Certificates offered
    • Less than 1 year certificate
    • 1-2 years certificate
    • Bachelor's degree
    • Postbaccalaureate certificate
    • Master's degree
    Campus Setting
    • City: Large
    Disability Services Student
    • 3% or Less
  • Admission
    Total Applicants 1,637
    Percent Admitted 51%
    Men Admitted 46%
    Women Admitted 53%
    Full Time Retention Rate 88%
  • Submitted ACT & SAT Scores

    •     25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
      Critical Reading 510 620
      Math 480 590
      Writing 500 600
    •     25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
      Composite 21 27
  • Student Demographics
    Total Enrolled 3,288
    Native American 11
    Asian 157
    African American 88
    Hispanic 138
    Enrolled FullTime Undergraduates 1,647
    Enrolled FullTime Graduates 136

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