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The UMass Dartmouth College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) is a dynamic arts college offering 13 undergraduate programs, a Master of Art Education (MAE) degree, a Master Fine Arts (MFA) degree with a variety of specialities, and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program.

Master of Art Education

Application Deadline: Rolling through August 1 for September entry

This program features traditional and innovative strategies and opportunities in curriculum design, educational issues, and reflective practices for the professional art teacher.

  • A 33-credit program for those who hold an Initial License or the equivalent in comparable course work, leading to a Professional License
  • A 54-credit program for students seeking a first-time post-baccalaureate Initial License and a Professional License
  • Integrates individual studio practice, scholarly research, and ongoing participation in the K-12 classroom environment.
  • Provides an academic, research-based curriculum towards the Post-Baccalaureate Initial Licensure, Professional Licensure and graduation.

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Master of Fine Arts

Application Deadline: January 11 for priority consideration for assistance Rolling through August 1 for September entry

Your degree will be grounded in the philosophy that significant achievement in the visual arts is the product of inspired conception, critical dialogue, individualized attention to students, and maturing skill. Each of these inspiring programs is a 60-credit, two- or three-year program of study.

  • Artisanry (Ceramics, Fibers, Jewelry/Metals)
  • Fine Arts (Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture)
  • Visual Design (Digital Media, Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography)

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Post Baccalaureate Certificate

Application Deadline: Rolling through August 1 for September entry

This is a nine-credit program in either Artisanry or Fine Arts

  • For those with an undergraduate bachelor's degree (BFA preferable) who are looking to develop a portfolio for application to graduate schools/intensive study.

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