Focused on the needs of 21st-century artists and designers, the Art & Design Department prepares students with the conceptual and technical abilities needed to succeed in the professional world. Earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art with a concentration in Animation and Interactive Media, Graphic Design or Studio Art.

Why Study Art & Design at UMass Lowell?

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Check out the work of our recent grads. Explore Animation/Interactive Media, Graphic Design and Studio Art creations by students. Follow us on Facebook @UMLArt. and Instagram @uml_artdesign.

Get Hired Before You Graduate

Through professional internships and co-ops, many students have jobs lined up before they even don their cap and gown.

Pre-Semester College Portfolio Course

  • Five sketches and paintings with the words: Special topics in art and design: pre-semester college portfolio course.

    This studio class is designed to help high-school-age artists develop the skills to make accomplished artworks to use in a portfolio for advancement to a college or university art program.

    WhenJuly 10-27, Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. EDT
    Where: On campus, Dugan Art Studios
    Questions? Please contact Prof. Stephen Mishol at

    Learn more and register

Meet Our Students and Alumni

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John Huikku '90

John Huikku, using his art degree from UMass Lowell, is responsible for some of our most beloved movie characters, including Elsa from "Frozen."

It was all new, all self-led exploration…we did some pretty cool stuff [at UMass Lowell].
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Lisett Córdoba Pren poses in her graduation cap and gown
Lisett Córdoba Pren '23
Graphic Design

Lisett Córdoba Pren found support to overcome personal tragedy and earn a degree.

I never thought that I'd have so much support from others as I did at UML.
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Adam Norton
Adam Norton ’10
Graphic Design

Adam Norton’s experience at the UMass Lowell robotics lab and Revolving Museum allowed him to work with iRobot on educational school visits to get the next generation hooked on robotics.

I may not know a person, but if I find out they’re from UMass Lowell, we automatically have a connection.
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Ayah Awadallah '16
English, Journalism and Professional Writing; minor in Graphic Design

Ayah Awadallah is starting an online magazine for young American Muslim women caught between American culture and the tenets of their faith.

I came to UMass Lowell because it's a great school – and because I could live at home.
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Urdilinya Smith painting the new mural on South Campus at UMass Lowell
Urdilinya Smith ’23

Urdilinya Smith helped paint the new mural on South Campus.

I want to carve out my own path, my own art, my own brand.
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Hillary Scott holding a paintbrush in front of a landscape painting
Hillary Scott '02
Art and Design

Hillary Scott ’02 has won national recognition for her landscape paintings.

Lighting in landscape is so magical.
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    Art Students Experience Japanese Culture Firsthand

    Assoc. Teaching Prof. Yuko Oda and 12 students from the Art & Design Department traveled to Japan for two weeks over the summer, culminating a course focused on the country's culture and influence on contemporary arts and game design.
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  • Rist fellow Caralyn Conrad

    Sustainability Projects Take Shape on Campus

    The Rist Institute for Sustainability and Energy granted fellowships to mechanical engineering major Caralyn Conrad, industrial engineering Ph.D. student Mahsa Ghandi and Art and Design Assoc. Prof. Kirsten Swenson.
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    From Star Wars to South Park

    Alumnus Terrence Masson '89, a pioneer of media and visual entertainment, returned to campus this spring to share his career experiences and insights on the industry going forward.
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