If you would like to study art, but have not yet decided on a discipline, you can enter UMass Dartmouth with a “Studio Arts Undeclared” major. You will have an opportunity to explore CVPA’s many studio options during your first semester. Then you’ll declare a major and take your introductory courses in the spring.
All of CVPA’s bachelor of fine arts (BFA) programs offer you professional preparation in the arts—and the opportunity to take more art courses than you would in a BA program.
Prepare for a career in the arts
The study of ceramics encompasses clay, terra cotta, stoneware, porcelain, and glaze materials. As a ceramics major, you'll master a range of clay forming processes—wheel-throwing, hand-building, slipcasting, and 3D printing—to develop both individual studio expression and industrial applications in ceramics. Learn more about Ceramics
UMassD’s digital media program integrates digital art, design, and technology to advance the quality of digital communication and create a more understandable world. You'll engage in consistent, hands-on experimentation in digital animation and interactive multimedia, exploring three-dimensional design, web design, and virtual reality. Learn more about Digital Media
You’ll develop fundamental skills and explore contemporary practices through a wide spectrum of drawing courses including representation, the human figure, architecture and perspective, concept development, mixed media, abstraction, time-based media, and installation. The BFA in Drawing offers studio-based training with all the advantages of a university education. Learn more about Drawing
Graphic designers create solutions to communications challenges. You'll develop your talents and skills and achieve a high degree of professional competence, while pursuing your own creative goals. The program will prepare you for the many career opportunities available in graphic design practice, including print, web, and interactive media. Learn more about Graphic Design
Illustrators tell stories through images—interpreting and translating text and narrative into visual form. You will be introduced to specialized areas such as book illustration, character development, concept art, and documentary illustration and will gain experience in the fundamental principles of color, composition, drawing, and rendering. Learn more about Illustration
With an emphasis on both technical and conceptual growth, the Jewelry/Metals program develops your understanding of how to work expressively with the metal medium. You will learn a sequence of technical skills and will work to solidify a clear, creative approach—whether more individualistic or pertaining to applied design. Learn more about Jewelry/Metals
As a painting major, you’ll develop fundamental skills and explore contemporary practices through the study of form, color, space, the human figure, abstraction, and mixed media. As you are introduced to a range of materials and style, you’ll explore expression and modes of perception, observation, and representation. Learn more about Painting
As a photography major, you will master both traditional and digital techniques and explore photographic imagery in all contexts. With an emphasis on expressive communication and individual style, the photography program promotes both technical proficiency and aesthetic sophistication. Learn more about Photography
As a printmaking major, you will learn to express yourself visually, master fundamental techniques, and explore contemporary practices. The program offers professional, studio-based training in printmaking techniques including silkscreen, etching, lithography, relief, monotype, and photo processes. Learn more about Printmaking
Innovation, invention, and independence are the cornerstones of CVPA's sculpture program. You will gain experience in a broad spectrum of 3D art-making approaches and genres through focused, disciplined studio practice. You will be exposed to the many possibilities of contemporary sculpture as you explore both theory and practice. Learn more about Sculpture
Textile Design/Fiber Arts
The study of textile design and fiber arts balances woven and printed textile design for industry with concept-oriented art object production in fiber and fabric. You'll explore the creative issues and processes unique to textiles and develop your personal ideas and aesthetics. Learn more about Textile Design/Fiber Arts
Accreditation: National Association of Schools of Art and Design