University of Massachusetts Lowell

About UML Art Department

Art Department Mission

Focused on the needs of twenty-first century artists and designers, the Art Department at the University of Massachusetts Lowell offers a unique and innovative four-year BFA program with with concentrations in Studio Art, Visual Design, Animation, Painting, Sculpture, and Photography.

About the Art Department

The Art Department at the University of Massachusetts Lowell welcomes high school and transfer students of emerging and/or promising artistic talent into a rigorous, career-driven, four-year BFA program. A group of talented and dedicated art professors—practicing professional artists, art historians, and art critics—are committed to inspiring and training artists and designers for the exciting, ever-growing and challenging contemporary art and design fields. From Foundations to Advanced Studies, students reach their highest potential as visual artists taking courses that integrate traditional art forms with new technologies. Creative and critical thinking, problem solving and risk taking, and a growing technical proficiency are all part of the curriculum.

Students can also take advantage of the interdisciplinary resources of a large and highly-esteemed research university, as well as engage with local, national, and international communities through courses, internships, collaborations, workshops, and study abroad programs.

The UMass Lowell BFA program provides students with the academic guidance, professional training, and seasoned expertise necessary to lead successful and enlightened lives as visual artists and designers in today's global world.

About the Art Major

The art major is designed to develop a rigorous art practice. Students gain a deep knowledge of the technical and conceptual abilities needed to succeed in the professional world. The Art Department offers the professional degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts with concentrations in Studio Art and Visual Design as well as two minors in studio art. The B.F.A. degree prepares students for careers in studio arts, photography, illustration, graphic design, interactive-media, animation, gallery administration, art criticism, and graduate study in art, design and art education.

As part of their education, B.F.A. candidates become fluent in the discourse of their discipline. The rich New England cultural environment offers research possibilities at a long list of highly regarded academic and artistic institutions. In addition, a broad range of internships and funded community involvement projects add to students' capacity to become the effective artists, leaders and citizens of tomorrow. Upon graduation from the B.F.A. program, students are prepared to enter their chosen art discipline at a professional level. A high percentage of recent art graduates have obtained excellent positions in their field.

Once in the professional world, UMass Lowell graduates demonstrate their ability to adjust to changing modes of visual expression in both studio art and design. They excel not only in the area of expertise acquired in their degree, but also in their ability to continually adapt to new technology and embrace the ever-changing developments in art and design.


The Art Department at the University of Massachusetts Lowell is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. NASAD is the national accrediting agency for art and design and art and design-related disciplines. The Association also provides information to the public. It produces statistical research, provides professional development for leaders of art and design schools, and engages in policy analysis.

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Art Department / University of Massachusetts Lowell
Mahoney Hall, Suite 1
870 Broadway Street
Lowell, MA 01854-3088
Phone: 978 934-3494
Fax: 978 934-4050