Dec 08, 2019  
2018-2019 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Department of Art and Design

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Faculty and Fields of Interest

Scott Ahrens animation and game arts, graphic design, virtual reality

Jean-Francois Allaux illustration

Michelle Bowers graphic design, typography

Victoria Crayhon photography

James Edwards illustration

Jan Fairbairn graphic design, typography

Anthony Fisher painting

Laura Franz typography, graphic design, web typography

Charlotte Hamlin textiles, textile history

Rebecca Hutchinson ceramics

Spencer Ladd graphic design, typography, photography

James Lawton ceramics

Yoon Soo Lee graphic design

Eric Lintala sculpture

Bruce Maddocks illustration

Sarah Malakoff photography

Bryan McFarlane painting

Mark Millstein animation, game arts, video

Ziddi Msangi graphic design

Elena Peteva painting, drawing

Stacy Latt Savage sculpture

Suzanne Schireson painting, drawing

Michael Swartz 2D animation, 3D animation, virtual reality

Alan Burton Thompson jewelry/metals

Adrian Tió printmaking

Shawn Towne animation and game arts

Suzanne Schireson painting, drawing

Janine Wong stet, typography, book arts, printmaking

Alison Poor-Donahue graphic design

Aleta Deyo fashion design

Rose Botti-Salitsky interior architecture and design

Stephanie McGoldrick interior architecture and design

Aaron Bourque digital foundations

Richard J Creighton Professor Emeritus

Anthony Miraglia Professor Emeritus

This faculty’s range of specialization is enhanced by Lecturers who specialize in many other fields.

BFA in Art + Design

The BFA in Art + Design is a comprehensive and dynamic, studio-based 120-credit degree that prepares students for productive, creative lives and careers in visual art and/or design. In addition to intensive training within a specific discipline, students are encouraged to cross boundaries and pursue solutions through integrated media projects.

An Art School (CVPA) embedded within a University is a unique opportunity for art and design students to develop cross-disciplinary sensitivity and gain exposure to fields across campus. Active artist-faculty offer individualized instruction emphasizing the development of each student’s visual voice.

See a specific concentration for more information.

Admission to a Concentration

Admission to specific concentrations requires submission of a portfolio. All transfer students who wish to be admitted to courses marked with a “*” above the sophomore level must submit a portfolio. Acceptance into advanced courses are rare, not automatic.

Designated Studio Courses

Each Art + Design concentration has a list of designated courses, each of which requires a grade of C or better for advancement. Students who receive less than a C in one of these courses shall be subject to review that may result in provisional continuation or dismissal from the option.

Student Reviews

Student reviews take place during Sophomore, Junior, and Senior years. Reviews provide students the opportunity to discuss their work and personal goals privately with the primary faculty who assess student progress. Faculty evaluate each student’s creative direction and technical skills, identifying strengths and weaknesses as they move through their concentration. Remedial coursework may be recommended at any level of review. See a specific concentration for more information.

Art + Design Learning Objectives

The program learning objectives listed below are learned and evaluated through course-based learning objectives and assignments that are available in the syllabus of each course. Upon successful completion of the degree requirements in Art + Design, students will be able to:

Identify and apply the elements and principles of visual design when visually communicating information and ideas;

Apply knowledge of historical narratives, contemporary issues, and processes and directions of their fields, to produce interpretations and/or artifacts;

Describe the history of their field, theoretical framework of their field, and contemporary work being done in their field;

Develop and produce relevant projects using various media and technologies — both traditional and contemporary — appropriate to their field;

Perform a useful critical analysis of communication, form, and concept;

Create work with an appropriate relationship between form, content, and context when visually communicating information and/or ideas;

Solve formal, conceptual, and communication problems through the process of self-directed trial, error, and refinement;

Demonstrate perceptual acuity (perceptual “sharpness,” to see/understand things in a way others do not), conceptual and contextual understanding, and technical facility at a professional entry level in their chosen fields;

Solve visual/aural, conceptual, and technical problems through independently- and collaboratively- generated analysis, evaluation, and refinement;

Assess and present their research, process, and outcome in an articulate manner;

Present themselves in a professional manner appropriate to their field of study.


Baccalaureate in Art + Design



  • Ceramics
  • Drawing
  • Fine Arts General
  • Jewelry/metals
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textiles

Additional Programs

  • The Department of Art and Design also offers a 36 credit certificate program for individuals who want to explore upon their conceptual query and expand their artistic range. This program is targeted towards obtaining a media specific certificate in the field of ceramics, drawing, jewelry/metals, painting, printmaking, sculpture, or textiles.

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