Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Quick Facts

Top ranked Art School


Boston, MA


Certificates, Bachelor's, Master's

Popular Majors

Graphic Arts, Illustration, Painting, Theater, Sculpture, Cinema and Film, Design, Fashion Design, Industrial Design, Architecture, Art Teacher

Total Students

Undergrad Students



Undergrad Tuition

Room and Board

$13,200 (In State)
$36,400 (Out of State)



 Average Net Price *



Distance from Boston

School Website


School Website

* Average Net Price is is the actual average cost to students for attending the college.  This is calculated by adding the cost of attendance (tuition, fees and room and board where applicable) and subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship.

Established in 1873, Massachusetts College of Art is a four-year independent public college of art, located at the heart of Boston's Fenway cultural district. It was the first college in the nation to grant an art degree. 

The college offers a high-quality professional arts education, together with a strong general education in the liberal arts. It offers Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts, a Master of Science in Art Education, a Master of Fine Arts, or a Master of Architecture degree.

Students have the option of majoring in fine arts, communication design, environmental design, media and performing arts, and art education. Within those majors, they can choose to focus on disciplines such as industrial design, art history, fashion design, architectural design, graphic design, illustration, animation, painting, printmaking, ceramics, glass, sculpture, fibers, metals, photography and film/video.

MassArt's curriculum includes a foundation year, which provides compulsory exposure to the basics of 2D and 3D art and design, and requires an elective studio and multiple critical studies courses.

The school aims to challenge students to develop their talents to their highest potential, questioning the traditional boundaries of disciplines and embraces new technologies as opportunities to advance the creative potentials of their classes.  

MassArt students have free admission to the Museum of Fine Arts, Institute of Contemporary Art, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Danforth Museum of Art—some of which are within walking distance of the campus.

MassArt's campus is located in the Fenway area which offers students numerous opportunities for fun and entertainment as well as cultural possibilities. Public transportation to the city is steps away from the school.