Academics

Beyond the Classroom

Nantucket Field Station

UMass Boston maintains a field station on Nantucket.  Studio-art faculty use this facility to offer special courses during the winter Inter-session and summer.

Cross-registration at the Massachusetts College of Art

State institutions in the Boston area permit cross-registration at participating schools. Students who are enrolled full-time at their home institution and therefore paying full-time tuition and fees may cross-register for one or two courses without incurring additional fees.  These students receive the credit and grade on their home-institution record.

Students at UMass Boston can take courses in the daytime program at the Massachusetts College of Art (MassArt).  To be eligible, UMass Boston students must be enrolled in a degree program and select courses in specialties not offered here.  Students at UMass Boston and particularly art majors regularly take advantage of this program, taking courses in ceramics, glassblowing, foundry, and graphic design, which are not offered in the Department’s curriculum. 

Students interested in cross-registration with MassArt should note certain restrictions.  Not all MassArt courses will count toward the Art major at UMass Boston:  Specialized design courses generally count for elective credit only, and certain pre-professional programs such as interior design or fashion design are available for enrichment only and do not receive credit at UMass Boston.  The restriction on taking courses available at the home institution does not apply if UMass students take courses through MassArt’s Continuing Education program.  UMB students often enroll in these courses during the summer and sometimes in the nighttime program in the academic year, which are then treated like any other transfer course at UMass Boston. Approval for all these courses for both Cross Registration and Continuing Education must be obtained from the Art Department.

Arts on the Point

The UMass Boston sculpture park “Arts on the Point” consists of large-scale outdoor works by some of the world's leading artists.   This important educational program exposes students to large-scale projects contextualized by the campus and the bay.  Arts on the Point is an on-going initiative that involves students in the inner workings of curatorial practices, fund-raising events, and hires them as docents who guide visitors through the collection.  In recent years, the program has sponsored lectures by artists aimed at Art majors and has provided contacts for students within the Boston arts community.