2018-2019 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]
Department of Art and Design
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 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
- Fine Arts General
- 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.