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.

Meet Our Students and Alumni

Urdilinya Smith painting the new mural on South Campus at UMass Lowell
Urdilinya Smith ’23
Art

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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John Huikku '90
Art

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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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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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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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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  • UML art major Urdilinya Smith helps paint a mural on South Campus

    New Campus Murals Are Part of Citywide Arts Collaboration

    When students arrived back on campus, they were greeted by two colorful murals: a “chrome” hermit crab by internationally known artist “Bikismo” and six endangered species painted by New England muralist Sophy Tuttle. The murals were sponsored by ArtUp Lowell, a citywide coalition that brought nine muralists to the city in August.
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  • Chancellor Jacquie Moloney holds the hand of theatre arts student Lucas Bermudez, as philanthropist Nancy L. Donahue and theatre arts students Raphaela Pereira and Cristian Ramos Delgado look on

    Nancy L. Donahue Celebrates the Arts with $2 Million Gift

    This year, the Nancy L. Donahue Celebration of the Arts celebrated the Lowell philanthropist’s $2 million donation to renovate Durgin Concert Hall. It is only her latest gift to the university.
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  • The first poster in a Blue Mountain Alphabet by Ingrid Hess, with illustrations and information about the Blue Mountain area national parks in Australia

    Professor Educates Children About Environment Through Art

    Art Assoc. Prof. Ingrid Hess is traveling to some of the world’s most beautiful places to make artwork that educates children about the natural world and environmental sustainability. She’s won grants, fellowships and artist residencies to visit national parks in Costa Rica, Australia, the U.S. and more.
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  • Photo of model of mostly empty room with window looking onto the walls of another building

    'If These Walls Could Talk'

    Art Asst. Teaching Prof. Pavel Romaniko, who has roots in both countries, is divided by the war between Ukraine and Russia. Yet long before Russia invaded Ukraine, Romaniko was meditating on the diminishment of free artistic and political expression in Russia through his photographs of reconstructed, depopulated spaces.
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