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Academic Catalog 2013-2014 
Academic Catalog 2013-2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Consortia, Cross-Registration, and Exchange


Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD)

AICAD operates programs that inform the public about art and design colleges, and programs that improve the quality of the member colleges. AICAD’s forty-one members are fully-accredited degree and diploma granting freestanding colleges of art and design. They enroll over 45,000 students each year from all fifty states and more than sixty foreign countries. Thirty-three member and affiliate AICAD colleges participate in the Mobility Program, allowing students in their junior year to study for a semester at another member college. Participating students pay tuition and fees to their home college. MassArt students who want to apply to the Mobility Program should meet with the Mobility Coordinator in the International Education Center in Student Development during their sophomore year, to begin the planning process. Application requirements include approval of both the student’s faculty advisor and the department chair, a proposal defining reasons for requesting participation in mobility, and a portfolio.

College Academic Sharing Program (CAPS)

Full-time degree seeking students at MassArt may take as many as 18 credits during their academic careers at CAPS colleges without a formal transfer of credit. Courses must not be available at MassArt. CAPS colleges include: Bridgewater State University; Fitchburg State University; Framingham State University; Massachusetts Maritime Academy; Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts; Salem State University; Westfield State University and Worcester State University.

Colleges of the Fenway

The Colleges of the Fenway, established in 1996, consists of six neighboring colleges with diverse academic missions: MassArt; Emmanuel College, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences; Simmons College; Wentworth Institute of Technology; and Wheelock College. Full-time degree seeking students enrolled at one of these institutions can cross register at any of the other five colleges at no additional charge, and they have access to the educational resources at all of the schools.

The collaboration’s joint initiatives are aimed at improving the quality of education, enriching student experiences, and reducing costs while ensuring that each college keeps its individual identity. Located in the Longwood Medical and Academic Area of Boston, these colleges are adjacent to the Fenway Cultural District. Each has its own unique mission and offers a world of learning and experience on and off the campus. The Colleges of the Fenway represents over 10,000 full-time undergraduate students, 1,000 full-time faculty, and over 3,000 different course offerings.

MassArt International Exchange

MassArt International Exchanges are full immersion programs, designed for the independent and self-motivated student. Due to the nature of an exchange, students are required to speak the language of the host country. Students pay MassArt for the regular full-time tuition and fees applicable to their state of residency during the semester they will travel. Most forms of financial aid apply, but it is important to check with the financial aid office for more information. MassArt has reciprocal exchange partnerships with the following institutions:

  • Australia: Melbourne University/Victorian College of Art
  • Japan: Osaka Seikei University, Kyoto University of Art and Design
  • Netherlands: ArtEZ Institute of the Arts (AKI), Willem de Kooning Academie
  • South Korea: Korea National University of Arts
  • Spain: University of Barcelona
  • United Kingdom: Edinburgh College of Art, Glasgow School of Art, University College for the Creative Arts

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Specific departments at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology offer a limited course selection for cross registration for full-time degree seeking students. Eligibility guidelines and application are available in MassArt’s Advising Office.


The ProArts Consortium includes Berklee College of Music; Boston Architectural College; Boston Conservatory; Emerson College; School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and MassArt. Potentially all courses at ProArts member colleges are available to full-time degree seeking students through cross-registration. Unless specified, the only restrictions are availability of class space and the fulfilling of prerequisites. To select a course, look through the member colleges’ course catalogs and class schedules and the ProArts combined course listing, available on each campus in the office of the registrar and advising. There is no extra tuition charge for cross-registration. Students pay normal tuition to their home colleges. Additional laboratory or materials fees, if any, are paid to the host college. Students should check with Advising to determine if a specific ProArts course may be applied to fulfillment of degree requirements.

In addition to cross-registration opportunities, ProArts students can participate in events, lectures, performances, and exhibit openings at the other colleges. Initiatives of the ProArts colleges include helping to found the Boston Arts Academy, the city’s first arts high school.

Public Colleges Exchange Program

The four public colleges in Boston (Bunker Hill Community College; Roxbury Community College; University of Massachusetts/Boston; and MassArt) permit full-time degree seeking students to take up to two courses in any semester at another of the colleges as long as the courses are not offered at the student’s home institution. To cross register for a class at another college, obtain a coss-registration form from the registrar.