Art & Design


The art major prepares students for the challenges of professional life through a rigorous and innovative course sequence that includes studio, aesthetics and art history requirements.The art major prepares students for the challenges of professional life through a rigorous and innovative course sequence that includes studio, aesthetics and art history requirements.

The Art Department offers a professional Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with concentrations in Art and Design. The BFA degree is anchored around a strong Foundations program that emphasizes the theoretical, analytical and practical aspects of art and design.

Art majors go on to graduate school or careers in fine art, graphic design, photography, interactive-media, animation, illustration, web design, gallery work and teaching.

In addition, UML students can choose from three art minors: 

  • Studio Art minor - designed for students who focus on photo, animation, design or general art studies; 
  • Art minor - designed for students who focus on painting and sculpture;
  • Graphic Design minor - designed for students who focus on graphic design

For more information visit the Art Department or contact us.


The University of Massachusetts Lowell is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

General Education Requirement

A minimum of 33-35 credits must be completed as part of the University General Education requirement.

BFA studies in Art consist of 87 credit hours and must include at least five courses (15 credits hours) at the 300 level, including the following distribution requirements:

  1. Six Studio Foundation courses (18 credits): Art Concepts I, Art Concepts II, Digital Foundations, Form and Content, Drawing I, and Drawing II must be completed prior to starting the concentration.
  2. Fourteen Concentration courses (42 credits) are required within the student's chosen concentration in Art or Design. Students may choose to focus on graphic design, advertising design, animation, digital imaging, drawing, illustration, interactive-media, painting, photography, sculpture or web design.
  3. Internship (3 credits).
    Students are encouraged to secure an internship that is relevant to their concentration and will help them launch their careers in art or design. 
  4. Four courses (12 credits) in Art History and two courses (6 credits) in Aesthetics and Critical Studies.
58.203 History of Art I (Prehistoric to Medieval Art)
58.204 History of Art II (Renaissance to Modern)
58/79.221 20th Century Art
58/79.352 Contemporary Art and Culture
79.XXX Discipline specific Aesthetics and Critical Studies
79.XXX Aesthetics and Critical Studies elective

5. Senior Studio Requirement (6 credits):

70.497 (last semester of senior year)

Senior Studio Seminar is the BFA degree capstone course and can only be taken in the last semester of a student’s course sequence. There is a portfolio requirement for Senior Studio. Students who have completed 105 BFA applicable credit hours are eligible to apply for Senior Studio.

An exhibition of work completed in Senior Studio is required in the student's final semester. A minimum grade of C+ is required to pass Senior Studio. Students who receive a grade below C+ must repeat the course.

The Senior Studio Seminar course is regarded as a professional course and for this reason it is restricted to matriculating BFA majors only and may not be credited to any other major. Students should be aware that transferring from the BFA program to another degree major will normally entail a loss of credits and the completion of degree requirements within the customary four-year period may not be possible.

View the complete Degree Pathway.

Students admitted to the BFA program are exempt from a language requirement.