Massachusetts College of Art and Design


Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Founded in 1873, Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) is the first freestanding public college of art and design in the country and the first to grant a degree. Located in Boston’s hub of arts and culture along the Avenue of the Arts, MassArt has a legacy of offering an accessible, excellent education to all with the talent and the will to succeed. The College is committed to equity and inclusion now more than ever, and seeks to create a more just society by preparing its diverse student body to be artists, designers, and educators—and to shape our communities, economies, and cultures for the common good.

Academic Programs

  • Design
  • Education
  • Communication
  • Art & Design
  • Visual Arts
  • Art Education

Student experience

  • Co-op/Internship Opportunities
  • Disability Services
  • Intramural/Club Sports
  • Military/Veteran Services
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Study Abroad

Application information

Find out about requirements, fees, and deadlines


As a first year student, you must submit a portfolio. Submit a selection of 15-20 examples of your strongest and most recent artwork, reflecting your interests, skills, and willingness to explore, experiment, and express yourself. Your portfolio may concentrate on a single medium or may show a variety of media. We encourage you to include work representing a sustained interest and/or development over time. Portfolios must be submitted digitally. Please apply using the Common Application, and a link will be provided for you to complete your portfolio.


Transfer students must submit a portfolio. If you have not taken any studio art or design courses at the college level, please submit a portfolio of 15-20 examples of your strongest and most recent artwork. If you've completed studio art or design courses at the college level, it may be appropriate to submit a portfolio with more than 15-20 examples of artwork. Keeping in mind the guidelines listed above, please submit 3-5 examples from each class. Portfolios must be submitted digitally. After submission of the Common App, a link will be forwarded to you for upload.

Additional Information

There are many opportunities to meet with a representative from MassArt both on-campus and at events throughout the country. Learn about MassArt's academic programs, get details on the application process, and put a face to a name. In addition to the on-campus events, portfolio days, and college fairs, MassArt representatives attend high school fairs, transfer fairs, and conferences throughout the year. Prospective students are also encouraged to take advantage of MassArt's public events and exhibitions

Feel free to check out our virtual tour as well. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Visit us

Tour MassArt from anywhere, at any time with our virtual tour! View our world-class facilities including the printshop, kiln room, photography labs, glass shop, and much more. 

"MassArt is a place where you can find friends and teachers that inspire you to create art that you never thought you could, and support the goals you wish to accomplish."

Daniel Blood, '21 BFA Communication Design
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Admissions office

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School location

621 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115-5882, United States of America

Phone number

(617) 879-7222


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