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 concentrations in Art and Design. 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 discriminating appreciation of art and knowledge of the technical requirements for succeeding as educated artists. To foster these abilities and to promote analytical and aesthetic understanding, the program provides a foundation in both the theoretical and practical aspects of art. The Art Department offers the professional degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts. The department also offers minor programs in studio art. A major in art provides students the opportunity to prepare for careers in fine arts, computer-based illustration and graphic design, computer-based interactive-media, animation, community oriented art programs, gallery work, museum research, photography related occupations, teaching, and graduate study in art.


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