Each student enrolled at Massachusetts College of Art and Design is subject to the rules and regulations published on the MassArt web site. These rules and regulations are updated as necessary.
Most students complete a program of 120 credits to earn the BFA degree. With some variation for each area of concentration, these credits are distributed among first-year Studio Foundation courses, major concentrations, liberal arts, history of art, and studio electives. All concentrations except Art Education and Art History include the following distribution of courses: 18 credits in Studio Foundation, 42 credits in liberal arts/history of art, 36 credits in the concentration, and 24 credits in studio electives. Electives for Design, Art History, and Art Education programs must be studio courses; electives for Fine Arts and Media and Performing Arts programs can be studio electives and up to 9 credits of liberal arts/history of art. To graduate in 8 semesters (4 years), undergraduate students must pass a normal full-time load of 30 credits per academic year. Full-time students take at least 12 credits per semester; part-time students take fewer than 12 credits per semester. Students who want to take more than 18 credits in one semester must obtain permission from the director of advising.
Students are required to register each semester until all degree requirements are fulfilled. Unless granted an official leave of absence, a student who does not officially register for a semester is considered to have withdrawn from the college.
MassArt expects all 3-credit classes to carry a workload of 9 hours per week, on average, divided between in-class and out-of-class work. Courses have class meeting times of varying lengths, depending on the designation of the class: lectures and seminars meet for 3 hours per week; critiques meet for 4 hours per week; and, studio/critiques meet for 5-6 hours.
Two grading systems are used at the college:
- Letter grades (A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D, F, Incomplete, W) are given in the following courses:
Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Animation, Illustration, and Architectural Design
History of Art
- Pass/ No Credit / Incomplete/ W grades are given in the following courses:
First year studio courses (Studio Foundation - SFDN)
Film/Video, Photography, Studio for Interrelated Media
Fine Arts 2D - Painting, Printmaking
Fine Arts 3D - Ceramics, Fibers, Glass, Jewelry/Metalsmithing, Sculpture
||Exceptional work in all respects.
||Above average work, distinguished in certain but not all respects.
||Lowest passing grade; individual departments may set standards for the application of “D” grades toward progress in the major.
||Failing work. No credit is given.
||Work meeting all expectations for successful completion of the course.
||No Credit. Work that does not meet the expectations of the course.
A designation of an Incomplete in a course is a non-credit, temporary designation assigned when the student cannot, due to extenuating circumstances, complete the course obligations by the end of the semester.
||Withdrawn from the course. No credit earned. W grades do not appear on the student’s transcript.
If a failing grade is received in a required course, students must take the course again and pass it. This rule does not apply to a student who changed majors and who did not pass requirements for a previous concentration.
Students in danger of not passing a course at mid-semester may receive a warning from the appropriate faculty member. Students are advised to seek assistance from their faculty advisor and/or the director of advising.
Change of Grade
A faculty member may change any grade until the mid-semester following the course. In exceptional situations, faculty (or the department chair in the absence of the faculty) may extend the period for completing requirements for an incomplete grade beyond the deadline.
Changes of grades, other than INC, are permitted after mid-semester only with the signatures of the faculty, the department chair, and the director of advising. In the absence of the faculty, the chair and the vice president for academic affairs may sign the form.
Faculty must use an Individual Grade Sheet to change an incomplete grade to a final grade. For all other grade changes, a Change of Grade form is required.
Grade Appeal Procedure
A student who wishes to appeal a course grade should follow the procedure detailed below.
1a. The student should contact the instructor in writing or by email explaining that s/he would like to appeal the grade and request a meeting to discuss the matter. This meeting must be initiated within the first three weeks of the semester immediately following the semester in which the course was taken.
1b. In response to the request for a meeting, the instructor should reply to the student in writing or by email within seven days. If there is no response or an unsatisfactory response from the instructor within seven days, the student should contact the department chair (see #2 below).
1c. In the absence of the instructor who gave the grade, the student should set up a meeting directly with the department chair (see #2 below).
1d. If after discussion with the instructor (or department chair) the student’s concerns remain unresolved, the student should submit a document to the instructor and the chair which includes the following:
- Student’s name and ID number
- Name of the department
- Name of the student’s academic advisor
- Course name, number, and section
- Name of the instructor
- Term in which the grade was received
- Grade received
- Grade expected
- A thorough explanation of the reason for appealing the grade
- Any relevant supporting materials (letters, emails, notes)
2. The student should set up a meeting with the department chair. The student must request this meeting within ten days of the written response following the initial meeting with the instructor. If the chair is the instructor of the disputed course, the student should go directly to the Vice-president of Academic Affairs. If appealing directly to the the vice-president, the deadlines and standards detailed in steps 1, 2, and 3 will apply.
3. If after discussion with the chair the matter remains unresolved, the student may schedule a meeting with the Vice-president of Academic Affairs. The vice-president will mediate a meeting between the student, instructor, and department chair. The vice-president is the final stop in the grade appeal process. The instructor of record has sole authority to change a grade.
Students may request course evaluations for any course taken at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. The student must provide the faculty member with the evaluation form before the end of the Add/Drop period of the semester in which the class is taken. The faculty member submits Student Evaluation forms to the Registrar’s Office. Information the student provides on the Student Evaluation form is not added to his or her transcript; however, the evaluation form is kept in the student’s permanent file and copies of all Student Evaluations are sent with all official transcript requests. The Student Evaluation is intended to provide a description of the student’s achievement in the course. It addresses the student’s attendance, class participation, motivation, the work produced, and the student’s progress and technical expertise in the subject area. Letter grade equivalents are not given for pass/no credit courses.
Review Board Evaluation
Beginning in the sophomore year in some departments and the junior year in others, a student’s work is reviewed each semester by a board of faculty and visiting critics. For the faculty, review boards provide objective professional analysis of a student’s evolving body of work and bring a fresh point of view to the continuing evaluation of students. For the students, review boards are one of the key elements of education at the college because they enhance the student’s understanding of what he or she is creating. Perhaps more importantly, review boards at MassArt are intended to provide portfolio review and constructive criticism to the student. In courses that require them the review board may be one component of the grade for that class and must be clearly stated as such in the class’s syllabus.
Studio Foundation to Sophomore Year (Major)
- students missing/failing one or two required courses must complete one course prior to second semester sophomore year and the second by the end of the summer following sophomore year
- students missing/failing three or more courses may not enter their sophomore major
Junior to Senior Year
- students may not register for senior-level studio courses until they have completed all first and second year required courses
Detailed Department Standing Policies
All departments have standards of performance within their majors. Each department provides a probationary period of at least one semester for students whose work does not meet departmental standards.
Students must earn a B- in each and every required Animation course. Students earning lower than a B- in a required Animation course are placed on Animation departmental probation. Students who complete a minimum of two subsequent semesters and six credits of required Animation courses, and earn a grade of B- or better in each required Animation course, will be then removed from probation. Students who are on Animation departmental probation and earn lower than a B- in a required Animation course are subject to dismissal from the department.
Students who do not maintain a minimum B- average in the major architectural requirements are placed on probation. This average is calculated by allocating a numeric value to each letter grade (see below). Any student whose average falls below the minimum may be advised to repeat a semester, repeat a year, take supporting courses, or change concentrations. A student who falls below this average a second semester is subject to dismissal from the department.
The following table of numerical equivalents is used to calculate the student’s major average:
Art Education students must earn a B- or better in each art education course. Students who fail to earn a B- in a course may repeat it once. Students who fail to earn B- or higher in the course a second time are subject to dismissal from the department.
History of Art
History of Art students must maintain a minimum B- average in History of Art courses. A student whose average in the major falls below B- is placed on probation. A student whose average continues to fall below B- for a second semester is subject to dismissal from the department.
Students must maintain a minimum C+ average in all major requirements. Any student whose major average falls below C+ is placed on probation. Within the Fashion Design Department, end-of-semester reviews are treated as final exams whose results are factored into course grades within identified courses. A student whose work remains poor after two end-of-semester reviews and whose average is below C+ in the major is subject to dismissal from the department.
Students in the Graphic Design Department must maintain a minimum C+ average in their required major courses each semester to proceed in the major. Students whom the faculty feel would benefit from a check-in of their progress may receive written notice of a mid-semester review for the following semester. This is not a formal review, and no special action is required of students - faculty will write up an evaluation based on the current coursework and performance of the students being reviewed.
Students who do not achieve a minimum C+ average in their major courses are considered to be on departmental probation. Any course in which a student on departmental probation receives a C or below must be retaken. Due to the sequential nature of the Graphic Design program’s courses, this may entail taking a “special program” until the required course in question is offered again the following year. Such a special program will be designed by the chair on a case-by-case basis. If the grades of a student on probation fall below a C+ average a second time, the student is subject to dismissal from the program.
Students at all levels are allowed to repeat a semester or year only once in the program, after which they will be dismissed from the major.
Reviews in Graphic Design occur twice a year - in December and in May. Review times are posted in the Design Office the week before reviews. Review performance is factored into students’ final course grades by their instructors. Students are required to attend their reviews. Lateness of more than 5 minutes beyond the posted review time is considered missing the review. Missing a review without written proof of a medical or family emergency is grounds for failing all required courses.
A student whose average is below C+ in a semester’s required and elective Illustration courses is placed on departmental probation and subject to remediation. Such remedial work may include any or all of the following: a mid-semester review; repeating one or more classes; repeating a semester or an entire year’s requirements. A student whose average is below C+ in Illustration courses for a second semester is subject to dismissal from the department. A student who has repeated a year and whose semester average falls below C+ in Illustration courses will be dismissed from the department.
Students must earn a minimum of C+ in each required major course. Any student earning a grade below C+ in the major is placed on probation. A student on probation who earns below a C+ in a required course is subject to dismissal from the department.
A student who is judged by faculty to be continually working below the expected level over the course of a semester is placed on probation. A student on probation who continues to work below the expected level for a second semester is subject to dismissal.
Fine Arts 2D
Any student who receives more than one no credit in FA2D courses in any semester or two no-credits for the same course (fine arts requirement or elective that is repeated) is placed on probation. A student on probation who receives a no credit grade in a fine arts requirement or elective is subject to dismissal from the department.
Fine Arts 3D
Any Fine Arts 3D student who receives one no credit in a FA3D department required course in any semester, or two no-credit grades for the same FA3D department required course (repeated) is placed on probation in the department. A student who fails another required FA3D course while on probation is subject to dismissal from the department.
A student who receives a no credit grade in any major requirement is placed on probation. A student on probation who receives a no credit or incomplete grade is subject to dismissal from the department.
Studio for Interrelated Media
A student who earns a no credit in a major requirement or two no credits in major electives over two semesters is placed on probation. A student on probation who earns a no credit in a major requirement is subject to dismissal from the department.
Summary of Department Standing and Notification Policies
If a student’s performance within their department fits the criteria (see below) she or he is placed on departmental probation.
Students are informed of departmental probation in a letter from the department chair, a copy of which also goes to the director of advising.
Students who do not improve their work and/or grades while on probation may be dismissed from their department (see dismissal criteria below). Students who are dismissed from a department have one full semester following the dismissal to choose a new major. A student who does not choose a major after this interim semester will be dismissed from the college. Students who have been dismissed from two departments are subject to dismissal from the college.
Students who are dismissed from the department are notified of the action in a letter from the chair. Students dismissed from a department have the right to appeal through the office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Animation: a grade lower than a C+ in any major requirement
Architectural Design: an average lower than B- for all major requirements
Art Education: a grade lower than B- in any Art Ed course
Fashion Design: an average lower than C+ for all major requirements
Fine Arts 2D: Two or more No Credit grades in FA2D courses in one semester. Alternatively, receiving a second No Credit grade for a repeated course in FA2D.
Fine Arts 3D: No Credit grade in one major requirement or two No Credit grades in either major requirements or major electives in two consecutive semesters
Film/Video: working below the expected level in one semester
Graphic Design: an average lower than C+ for all major requirements
History of Art: an average lower than B- for all major requirements
Illustration: an average lower than C+ for all major requirements and major electives
Industrial Design: a grade lower than a C+ in any major requirement
Photo: No Credit grade in any major requirement
SIM: No credit in a major requirement or two No Credits in major electives over two consecutive semesters
Animation: a grade lower than a C+ in any major requirement while on probation
Architectural Design: an average lower than B- for all major requirements while on probation
Art Education: a grade lower than B- in a repeated attempt of any Art Ed course
Fashion Design: an average lower than C+ for all major requirements while on probation
Fine Arts 2D: No Credit grade for a major requirement while on probation
Fine Arts 3D: No Credit or Incomplete grade for a major requirement while on probation
Film/Video: working below the expected level while on probation
Graphic Design: an average lower than C+ for all major requirements during a repeated semester
History of Art: an average lower than B- for all major requirements while on probation
Illustration: an average lower than C+ for all major requirements and major electives while on probation
Industrial Design: a grade lower than a C+ in any major requirement while on probation
Photo: No Credit or Incomplete grade for a major requirement while on probation
SIM: No Credit in a major requirement while on probation.
College-Wide Academic Standing
College-wide academic standing is based on overall academic performance each semester and in consecutive semesters. Each semester an undergraduate is enrolled in the BFA program he/she must complete and pass two-thirds of attempted credits. Attempted credits are those credits for which a student is registered at the close of add/drop. The criteria for college-wide standing are listed below.
Good Academic Standing
Students who have completed and passed two-thirds of attempted credits in the previous semester are considered to be in good academic standing.
Students who complete less than two-thirds of credits attempted in a semester are placed on academic notice and are advised of this status in a letter from the director of advising. Only courses in which the student receives a passing grade are considered completed. Courses with grades of Withdrawn, Incomplete, No Credit, and F are all considered not completed/passed. Students on academic notice can return to good standing if they successfully complete and pass two-thirds of the credits they attempt the following semester.
If students on academic notice fail to successfully complete two-thirds of the credits attempted in the next semester, they are placed on academic probation and advised of this status in a letter from the director of advising. Students should make an appointment with the Advising Office before registration to discuss the process for recovery from probationary status. Students on academic probation can return to good academic standing if they successfully complete and pass two-thirds of the credits they attempt in the following semester.
If students on probation fail to successfully complete two-thirds of the credits attempted in the next semester, they are subject to academic dismissal.
The academic records of students subject to dismissal will be reviewed by a panel comprised of the senior vice president for academic affairs, the vice president for student development, the director of advising, and the dean of students. They may decide to dismiss the student from the college. Alternatively, they may create a plan designed to give the student another chance at succeeding at the college. The plan may include changes in the student’s choice of major, the number of credits the student may attempt, and the courses the student may take. It may also include a required leave of absence from the college before studies resume. Any decision the panel makes prevails over any other published academic progress policy.
Students who have been dismissed may choose to meet with the director of advising to discuss their academic options. A student who has been dismissed from the college for academic reasons may appeal the decision by presenting a well-reasoned letter to the senior vice president for academic affairs within 30 days of receiving the dismissal letter.
Relationship of Departmental Standing to College-Wide Standing
Students who are dismissed from a department may have up to one semester following the department dismissal to choose a new major. A student who does not choose a major after this interim semester will be dismissed from the college.
Students who have been dismissed from two departments are subject to dismissal from the college. When students are subject to academic dismissal due to overall (college-wide) academic performance but are not dismissed, any remedial action by the college holds sway over all department policies. This is detailed above under “Academic Dismissal”.
During the first week of classes, faculty state clearly their expectations for performance and attendance, their method of recording attendance, and their expectations for makeup work and examinations.
All students must attend the first day of classes for which they are registered to reserve a place in the course. If a student cannot attend because of illness or other emergency, he or she must email faculty before the first class meeting to inform the faculty member of their absence. A student who misses the first meeting of a class without notice may be dropped from the roster by the instructor.
Students are expected to attend all classes. Faculty have the right to assign an “F” or “NC” grade to a student who attends less than 80 percent of the meetings of any course.
There are no formally excused absences for any reason, including illness. However, a student who will miss one or two classes may be able to make up missed work, at the discretion of each instructor. If a student will miss one or two classes due to illness, he or she should notify all current faculty members by e-mail. For absences of two or more class meetings due to illness, the student may contact the director of counseling to request a leave of absence.
Concentrations and Majors
Massachusetts College of Art and Design offers Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degrees in 22 majors: Animation, Architectural Design, Art Teacher Education, Ceramics, Community Education, Fashion Design, Fibers, Film/Video, Glass, Graphic Design, History of Art, Illustration, Industrial Design, Jewelry and Metalsmithing, Museum Education, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Studio Education, Studio for Interrelated Media (SIM).
Students who choose a dual major complete the requirements of both majors. Typically, this requires an extra year of study.
Whether it is feasible to combine majors depends on the particular majors chosen. Students may need to speak with the chairs of both departments to understand if and how the requirements of both majors will fit together
Change of Major
The college permits one change of major during a student’s academic career. Students accepted as advanced transfers (sophomore or junior) must complete one semester in the major to which they were accepted before they can change majors. Students who want to change majors must complete a change of major form (available in the Registrar’s Office) and obtain the signature of their current faculty advisor, the department chair of the new major, and the director of advising. The student must file the form before pre-registration for the semester in which the change will take effect. A change of major may require additional semesters of work to complete; students are encouraged to visit the Advising Office to discuss how a change of major affects progress toward their degree.
Directed Study offers seniors the opportunity to pursue a clear, specific project in a Liberal Arts or History of Art areas. In addition to the Directed Study form (available in the Registrar’s Office), a project proposal and sylabus must be included. Students may take only one directed study per semester, and not more than two directed studies will count toward the degree. In exceptional circumstances, the director of advising may approve junior or sophomore students to undertake directed studies.
Directed Study forms, with faculty and the chair’s signatures, should be submitted to the Registrar during registration and not later than the Add/Drop deadline.
Juniors and seniors who have a specific studio project which cannot be accomplished within the structure of a course may arrange to work with a faculty member on an independent basis. The Independent Study form (available in the Registrar’s Office) must include a proposal and syllabus. Students may take only one 3-credit independent study each semester, and no more than four independent studies will count toward the degree.
Independent Study forms, with faculty and the chair’s signatures, should be submitted to the Registrar during registration and not later than the Add/Drop deadline.
Course assistantships allow qualified sophomores, juniors, and seniors to assist a faculty member with whom they have studied previously. Duties may include set up, assisting with demonstrations and critiques during class meetings. Course assistants may not grade students. Students may register for only one 3-credit course assistantship each semester, and no more than two such assistantships may count toward degree requirements.
Students selected by faculty to be course assistants submit a Course Assistantship form with the faculty and chair’s signatures to the registrar during registration and no later than the end of the Add/Drop period. Students who are performing a Teaching Assistantship should follow Independent Study procedures.
Internships Through Career Services
Internships prepare students to participate in the creative economy as a fine artist, designer, and art educator by allowing them to develop knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application, experience, and skill development in a professional setting. Internships also give students the opportunity to make connections, develop their portfolios, and explore fields they are considering as a career path.
Massachusetts College of Art and Design offers students matriculated in a degree program the opportunity to register and receive 3 Studio Elective Credits towards their degree for up to 2 internship experiences (6 credits total). Students complete internships during the summer after their sophomore year, in their junior year (fall, spring or summer) or during the first semester of their senior year. Requests to complete a credit bearing internship that falls outside of that timeframe should be referred to the Career Services Internship Manager, Rebekah Wright.
To qualify for credit, the internship must meet the basic guidelines and be approved for credit by the Faculty Internship Advisor selected by the student. Internships must be supervised onsite at an organization by a qualifying Company Internship Supervisor and students must complete 135 hours of internship related work within 15 consecutive weeks. Internships can be completed during the fall, spring or summer. MassArt Career Services manages the 3 studio elective credit program.
To register an internship to be reviewed and approved for 3 studio elective credits, students must submit a completed internship registration form online through their Career Services account at MassArt.edu/careerservices. Click “Register My Internship” in the left hand menu in their home page, and follow the prompts to complete the form.
Students need to complete 120 credits (except for certain Art Education tracks) and to meet departmental/concentration requirements for the BFA degree. At least 60 credits must be earned at the college or its exchange and cross-registration partners.
Students may not register for senior-level studio courses until they have completed all freshman and sophomore requirements.
Only students who have met all requirements for graduation may participate in the commencement ceremonies. The college assumes that students will pass the final semester’s courses. Therefore, participation in commencement does not guarantee graduation. Students must pass courses in their last semester that are needed for graduation.
Diplomas are typically mailed from the Registrar’s Office by the end of the summer.
A new honor will be conferred in May of 2012: Academic Honors. This honor is based solely on the grades a student receives in their Liberal Arts and History of Art courses.
A student must earn at least eight A’s in their Liberal Arts and/or History of Art courses by the start of the spring semester of their graduation year to earn Academic Honors and participate in Honors Convocation. At least seven of these courses must be taken at MassArt.
Some students may earn enough additional A’s in their final spring semester to equal or exceed the number required for Academic Honors. These students will have Academic Honors conferred upon them and listed on their academic transcript.
Beginning with fall 2011 courses, Honors (H) will no longer be given as a grade. For the purpose of Academic Honors calculation, H’s from previous semesters will be counted as A’s.
Students whose work is judged exceptional in their departments are awarded Departmental Honors upon graduation.
Graduation with Distinction
Graduation with Distinction is conferred upon graduates with outstanding achievement in course work across all departments. Students nominated must have received at least six honors grades, one of which must be in a Liberal Arts or History of Art course and one of which must be in the student’s concentration.
Note: the college has voted to abolish Graduation with Distinction starting with the class graduating in 2012. A new honor will be conferred: Academic Honors. This honor is based solely on the grades a student received in Liberal Arts and History of Art courses at the college. Students in a graduating class will be ranked by the number of As (not A-s) they have received in these courses by the start of the spring semester of their senior year; the top 15% of students (including ties) will receive Academic Honors.
Although the calculations are not done in time for participation in Honors Convocation, students who receive the same number of As by the end of their spring semester senior year will be awarded Academic Honors on their transcripts.
At least seven Liberal Arts and/or History of Art courses must have been taken at MassArt for the student to be eligible for this honor.
This award will be conferred starting with the class graduating in 2012. To phase in the new honor in a manner that does not penalize current rising juniors and seniors, Honors will continue to be given and recorded on transcripts for two academic years, and students graduating in 2010 and 2011 will still be eligible to receive Graduation with Distinction. Commencing with fall 2011 courses, Honors will no longer given as grades. For students graduating after 2011, Hs and As will both be counted as As.
Leave of Absence
A student who is not on academic or disciplinary probation and wants to be away from the college may take a leave of absence for one semester or one academic year. The student must file a completed Leave of Absence form, including the signature of the director of advising, with the Registrar’s Office. Students may not apply for a leave of absence for the current semester after the withdrawal deadline, except for medical leaves approved by the director of counseling.
A student who has a medical, psychological, or emotional condition that renders him or her unable to continue course work may be placed on medical leave by the director of counseling. The college reserves the right to approve a return from medical leave of absence. For return, the director may request additional information such as evidence of satisfactory health or a personal interview to determine the student’s ability to meet academic standards. Students returning from a medical leave of absence must meet with the dean of student development, whose signature is required on their Return from Leave of Absence form.
Pursuant with federal guidelines, students taking a leave of absence of one or more semesters will be considered withdrawn for the purpose of student loan repayment.
Students who want to return to the college from a leave must fill out a Return from Leave of Absence form no later than 30 days before the first day of classes for the semester they want to return. Exceptions are made in cases of hardship as determined by the director of academic advising. Returning students are expected to attend registration. Return forms and registration instructions are mailed to the address indicated one month before registration for the semester the student is expected to return.
Any student holding an F1 student visa who is considering a leave should meet with the director of the International Education Center prior to applying for the leave.
Students who want to extend a one semester leave of absence to one year must request the extension in writing. Students who do not return to the college at the end of an approved leave of absence are considered to have withdrawn from the college and must reapply for admission.
Students attending another institution through the Mobility, International Exchange, or CAPS programs do not need to file a Leave of Absence form. However, these students must follow the appropriate procedures as laid out by the Exchange Programs Advisor in the Advising Office.
Limited Enrollment Status
Matriculated undergraduates who, for hardship reasons, would like to take a single course through Continuing Education may apply for Limited Enrollment Status (LES).
Students on Limited Enrollment Status are still considered matriculated BFA students, but may register only for classes offered through Continuing Education, and are charged for those courses on a per-credit basis.
Students on Limited Enrollment Status are subject to the following restrictions:
LES registration is for 5 or fewer credits of enrollment through Continuing Education
LES students have no eligibility for financial aid.
LES students may not cross-register to other institutions.
Students must petition ( the Advising Office) to switch to LES on a per semester basis and can only do so for up to two consecutive semesters. From a degree enrollment point of view, LES is considered a semester of leave. Thus, a student can be on LES at most for one semester which precedes or follows a one semester leave of absence.
Students who want to permanently withdraw from MassArt should notify the college in writing or on a Withdrawal form. This assures that the student’s financial and academic status is properly treated upon exit.
Students who do not return to the college at the end of an approved leave of absence will be considered withdrawn from the college.
Returning Undergraduate Student Policy
- Students who have discontinued their enrollment as MassArt undergraduates, who are not on a formal leave of absence and were missing any required courses at the time they stopped attending, have two semesters from the end of their last completed semester to resume coursework towards completing their degree. Students must complete the “Returning Major” application with the Office of the Registrar. The Faculty Chair of the student’s Major(s) will decide acceptance on a space available basis.
- Students who have discontinued their enrollment as MassArt undergraduates for over one academic year, who are not on an official leave of absence, and were missing any required courses at the time they stopped attending must apply for re-admission*
- Readmission is not required for students who had completed all required courses at the time they stopped attending and have been away for fewer than five academic years. Returning students must complete a “Returning Student” form with the Office of the Registrar.
- Students who have not attended MassArt for five years or more must apply for readmission*
- Students must submit the Returning Major or Returning Student form to the Office of the Registrar sixty days prior to the next term.
- Students return to the college with the same academic standing that they had during their last term of enrollment.
*If the student is re-admitted, academic requirements listed in the most up to date academic catalog of the student’s selected major in effect at the time of readmission become effective. Courses deemed applicable through the application process from his/her previous enrollment will be credited toward the new degree track. Some previous courses/credits may be deemed out-of-date, irrelevant, or technically obsolete and not be applied to the new requirements.
Transfer credits may be accepted for college courses completed since separation. However, upon readmission, a limited number of transfer credits are accepted in accordance with transfer credit policies. All students must achieve current MassArt institutional credit requirements to complete their degree.
Appeals to the Returning Student Policy must be made to the Office of the Registrar in writing sixty days prior to the beginning of the semester in which enrollment is desired. Any appeals by students who are missing any required courses must be approved by the Chair of that major.
Students who are required to reapply must meet the same application requirements and deadlines as new transfer applicants and are reviewed in the same schedule.
Students who are readmitted return with the same credit accumulated as when they withdrew; however, they must meet current requirements for graduation. Students may transfer additional credits only with the approval of the director of advising and the chair of the department in which the student is concentrating. Under no circumstances is the final year of residency waived.
Students dismissed for academic reasons may, after a period of one year, apply for readmission through normal readmission procedures.
Students dismissed for disciplinary reasons may, after a period of one year, petition the dean of students for readmission.
Faculty hold all papers, texts, models, art work, and other materials submitted in fulfillment of class requirements for one full semester following completion of the course. Faculty are responsible for preserving course materials for this period and for making them available to students. Students are responsible for retrieving their materials. Faculty have the right to discard any course materials not collected after one semester. If course materials are preserved past the one semester period, students retain ownership of such work. The college is not responsible for the damage or loss of property and art work left in studio spaces.
Department chairs may assign a selected number of studio spaces to sophomore, junior, and/or senior students majoring in Art Education, Fine Arts 2D, Fine Arts 3D, and Design. Students assigned studio space must sign contracts with the chair at the beginning of the fall semester. All studio spaces must be vacated at the end of the academic year. Any student found in violation of this provision may be subject to both academic and disciplinary action.
The college accepts a maximum of 69 transfer credits toward the BFA degree: 39 maximum in the studio areas and 30 maximum in Liberal Arts/History of Art. Regardless of the number of credits transferred students must earn a minimum of 60 credits once matriculated in the BFA program.
Students must have received a grade of C or better in courses acceptable for transfer. Courses taken through the college’s Professional and Continuing Education program before admission are subject to transfer credit review and restrictions.
Enrolled students who wish to take courses at other institutions or through Professional and Continuing Education as part of their degree program must gain prior approval from the appropriate department chair or the Office of the Registrar.
All credits must be academic credits.
Studio Transfer Credits
Students accepted to Massachusetts College of Art and Design are placed in studio courses based on the strength of their application portfolios. The number of possible transfer credits does not necessarily determine a student’s class level. All studio transfer credit is based both on portfolio review and transcript review.
Studio courses not used to fulfill specific Studio Foundation or departmental requirements are evaluated for elective credits based on the level of acceptance and faculty recommendations.
A maximum of 15 portfolio credits may be granted for exceptional experience outside the classroom as evidenced by portfolio or resume. Credits granted for portfolio are applied to the 39-credit maximum allotment for studio courses.
Transfer Credits in Liberal Arts and History of Art
The Office of Admissions, The Office of the Registrar and the Chairs of Liberal Arts and Art History determine which credits students can transfer, commensurate with the level the student reached at the previous college:
Completion of freshman year: 15 credits; completion of 3 semesters: 18 credits; completion of 4 semesters: 24 credits; completion of 5 semesters: 27 credits; completion of 3 or more years: 30 credits.
Life Experience Credit for Liberal Arts and History of Art
Students with exceptional life or work experience, documented by sample writings, published or unpublished texts, or resume, may apply for a maximum of nine credits to be transferred toward Liberal Arts and History of Art requirements. Credits granted are included in the 30 Liberal Arts/History of Art maximum transfer credits.
Advanced Placement Program
A student who has received a score of 4 or 5 in the Advanced Placement examinations in academic subjects may receive transfer credit for an appropriate course. Elective studio credit is granted for scores of 4 or 5 in the Advanced Placement exams for General Studio or Drawing.
Massachusetts College of Art and Design has developed articulated transfer paths for students from three of the Commonwealth’s community colleges: Greenfield, Holyoke, and Massasoit. Students in specific programs at these community colleges who earn associate degrees with grade-point averages better than 3.0 have simplified transfer procedures. Because space is limited, only a very few transfer spaces are guaranteed each year. For specific information on the Articulation Agreements, see the transfer coordinator or department faculty in the community college or contact the MassArt Admissions Office.
In creative work, plagiarism is the inappropriate and unethical representation of another’s work as one’s own. In those instances where a significant portion of a creative work is intentionally “appropriated,” plagiarism is the failure to note, orally or in writing, the source of the appropriation. In expository or academic writing, whenever your work incorporates someone else’s research, images, words, or ideas, you must properly identify the source unless you can reasonably expect knowledgeable people to recognize it. Proper citation gives credit where it is due and enables your readers to locate sources and pursue lines of inquiry raised by your paper. Students who do not comply may be penalized.
Academic Misconduct Procedures
A faculty member who suspects cheating or plagiarism in work submitted in fulfillment of a class requirement should confer with the student submitting the work in an attempt to determine whether a violation has occurred. The faculty member has the discretion to accept the work as academically and/or artistically honest, or to resolve the issue as a classroom issue, or to refer the matter to the department chair.
In the event the student does not concur with the disposition proposed by the faculty member, the student may refer the matter to the Department Chair.
If the matter is referred to the Department Chair, the Chair and faculty member will meet with the student to pursue information that may be pertinent.
In the event that the Chair and faculty member determine that a violation has occurred, they will review the student’s educational record to determine if a prior sanction for academic misconduct has been imposed and may impose one or more of the following sanctions:
- The student does the assignment over or retakes the test.
- The student receives no credit for the plagiarized assignment.
- The student fails (or receives no credit) for the class.
- The student is referred to the senior vice president for academic affairs for further academic sanction.
The chair will inform the student, in writing, of the finding and the sanction imposed. If the sanction imposed is failure (or no credit) for the class, the chair’s letter to the student constitutes a letter of reprimand. A copy of any letter of reprimand is retained by the college as a component of the accused student’s educational record.
An academic sanction imposed or approved by the senior vice president for academic affairs is not subject to further review or appeal.
If just cause is determined by the senior vice president for academic affairs, in consultation with the department chair and the faculty member, the matter may also be referred by the senior vice president to the chief student affairs officer, to be dealt with as a disciplinary matter under the general provisions of these Community Standards.
VALOR Act Academic Credit Evaluation Policy
In accordance with the VALOR ACT, Massachusetts College of Art and Design evaluates credit earned for military education, training, experience, or coursework using the same standards as those applied to coursework from accredited colleges and universities. Massachusetts College of Art and Design reviews all military transcripts and discharge documents (DD214), including SMART, ACE, and AARTS, as well as CLEP Subject Standardized Tests in accordance with college policies for transferability of credit to the student’s intended major or program of study. Such evaluation shall be in accordance with existing credit transfer policies. Students shall receive accurate and complete academic counseling from the Veterans Coordinator in collaboration with the Academic Resource Center.
MassArt’s current Veterans Coordinator is Jonathan Rand, Registrar. Any questions regarding Veteran services should be directed to him. Jonathan can be contacted at 617-879-7263 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Incomplete Grade Policy
A designation of an Incomplete in a course is a non-credit, temporary designation assigned when the student cannot, due to extenuating circumstances, complete the course obligations by the end of the semester.
Careful consideration must be given by the faculty to allow one student more time than all other students in a course to complete the required work.
• Students must complete a Petition for Incomplete Form & Contract (available in the Registrar’s Office) and present it to the Faculty for approval with supporting documentation (if required). This will act as a contract between the Student and the Faculty governing the completion of the coursework.
• Faculty shall draft the contract with the student that records the reason for the extension.
• Students should have completed a majority amount of coursework to be considered for an incomplete.
• For a student who successfully petitions their faculty for an Incomplete, the Faculty will not mark a student with a grade. The Registrar’s Office will mark the INC designation once it receives a completed Petition for Incomplete form, signed by the faculty.
• All incomplete work should be completed no later than four weeks after the start of the subsequent semester.
• Only in extreme cases may the deadline be extended.
• Faculty must complete a Change of Grade Form to change the designation from an INC to either a passing grade or an NC/F.
• If a student who receives an Incomplete in a prerequisite is unable to finish their work in the allotted time they will be dropped from any current post requisites.