Artisanry Department

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BFA - 120 credit, four-year program of study

The Artisanry department at UMass Dartmouth has earned a national reputation for excellence in craft education. Undergraduates in Artisanry may pursue BFA options in Ceramics, Jewelry/Metals and Textile Design/Fiber Arts. Wood/Furniture is offered on the undergraduate level as an elective. At the graduate level, the MFA in Artisanry, offers specialization in Ceramics, Fibers, Metals or Wood.

The educational philosophy of the Artisanry programs has evolved from the craft tradition of functional object making, emphasizing professional standards in technical skill and design, knowledge of history of the craft, the craft in relation to popular culture and personal aesthetic development.

Frequent presentations in each area by visiting artists, lecturers and designers; each representing diverse fields, supplement the artisanry student’s education. Students are challenged to extend their creative involvement into the areas of object production, conceptual expression and design for industry. The goal is to instill the confidence and self-discipline necessary to sustain productive artistic careers.

The studio facilities, located at the university’s Star Store campus in New Bedford, contain state-of-the-art equipment and have ample work areas that encourage artistic development.

For further detail see the Undergraduate Catalogue:

Artisanry Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the degree requirements in Artisanry, students will possess artistic skill and aesthetic judgment as evidenced by:

  • An understanding of, and the potential for, the principles of composition and design in concert with the possibilities of the materials and techniques of Artisanry;
  • Familiarity with the history of craft and with contemporary work being done in their field;
  • Accomplished visual and written communication skills;
  • The ability to perform critical analysis of technique, form, and concept;
  • The ability to resolve visual, conceptual, and technical problems through independently generated analysis, evaluation, and refinement;
  • Production expertise in their own field of study;
  • The ability to present themselves in a professional manner appropriate to their field of study;
  • A portfolio of work that represents their ability to do all of the above