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The BFA in Art + Design: Drawing offers professional, studio-based training in the visual arts with all the advantages of a university education.

The BFA is a professional degree with concentrated areas of specialization, so you will take more art courses than you would in a BA program. At UMass Dartmouth, you also have the advantages of a university education where you can diversify your studies and expand your career opportunities.

You will learn fundamental skills and contemporary drawing practices through a wide spectrum of drawing course offerings such as:

  • representation
  • the human figure
  • architecture & perspective
  • concept-development
  • mixed media
  • abstraction
  • time-based media
  • installation

You will develop cross-disciplinary sensitivity—with the possibility of combining drawing with painting, printmaking, photography, digital media, textiles, sculpture, time-based media, installation and other disciplines in contemporary art making. You will also be able to explore fields across the university, such as business, engineering, and science.

As you move through the curriculum, you'll develop your own portfolio of critical, perceptual, and technical skills.

For the BFA in Art + Design: Drawing, you will complete 78 credits in courses related to your major, and 120 credits overall.

Course descriptions, schedules and requirements

A minor in drawing provides you with the aesthetic, technical, and intellectual training necessary to succeed in the professional art world.

For the minor in drawing, you will complete 18 credits.

Drawing student work

Student success

Drawing by Connor Chan '24
Connor Chan '24

Drawing major explores the anatomy of friendship in his work for the 2024 Senior Exhibition.

College of Visual & Performing Arts undergraduate mean starting salary:

NACE Data Collection of Class of 2022 Undergraduate Alumni

UMassD advantages

  • Internships: enhance your studies while gaining first-hand experience in creative fields
  • Studio facilities: our studios feature state-of-the-art equipment and ample work areas
  • Campus Gallery: exhibit your own work and gain exposure to the work of contemporary artists

Expand your opportunities

Master of Fine Arts: Develop your personal voice and advance your creative skills with a master's degree. You can specialize in drawing, painting, printmaking, or sculpture.

Master of Art Education: With an emphasis on how the arts are integrated into daily life, the MAE program leads to a single-level professional certification in Massachusetts as an art teacher in grades Pre K-8 or 5-12.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Fine Arts: Designed for artists who have earned BFA or BA degrees, and would benefit from immersion in an academic/studio environment. Applicants may wish to develop their artwork for application to graduate school, professional residency or to launch a professional career.

Drawing faculty

Anthony Fisher
Anthony Fisher
Elena Peteva
Elena Peteva
Suzanne Schireson
Suzanne Schireson
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