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Bachelor of Fine Arts

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    Students become part of an art community and discover their passions through the UML Art & Design Program.

UMass Lowell offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in art with a concentration in either design or fine arts and an emphasis on animation, painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, graphic design, web design and interactive-media.


The B.F.A. degree prepares students for careers in studio arts and graphic design. Within these disciplines, students may choose to focus on photography, sculpture, painting, ceramics, animation, 3D modeling, drawing, printmaking or interactive digital media.
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 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 graphic 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 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 & Design Department offers the professional degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.).


For more information please explore the undergraduate catalog.

Undergraduate application to the Art & Design Department at the University of Massachusetts Lowell is a two-part process.

In addition to the art major, UMass Lowell students can choose from four art minors:

Why Study Art at UMass Lowell?


Gain Hands-On Experience

Campus and community-based learning experiences are integrated throughout our curriculum. Check out our students' art.
Animation & Interactive Media

Galleries & Lectures

UMass Lowell is home to two art galleries that host a variety of exhibits throughout the year.
Graphic Design
Check out the work by our talented alumni.