The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate (PBC) in Fine Arts is designed for artists who have earned the BFA or BA degree, yet would benefit from a concentrated immersion in a highly-supportive yet critical academic/studio environment. Applicants to the PBC may wish to develop their artwork for application to graduate school/professional residency or to launch a professional career.
The program requires a total of 9 credit hours in a declared studio area, six of which are at the graduate level (3 credits in the fall and 3 in the spring); and 3 credits (1.5 in the fall and 1.5 in the spring) in a graduate-level studio course that best support the student’s goals. This course of study must be completed in one academic year and is not a low-residency program. It requires commitment to work on-campus in the studio space that is provided.
Graduate-level participation is expected in the following areas: on-going and scheduled critiques, attendance at visiting artist presentations and exhibitions, technical studio upkeep and maintenance and delivery of a formal “sources” presentation midway through the year.
The program has four distinctive concentration choices in the following areas: Painting, Printmaking, Drawing and Sculpture.
Applications for admission to the Artisanry PBC are submitted to the Office of Graduate Admission. Applications for Fall admission are typically considered until early summer. Application materials required include 10 images submitted via Slideroom (“https://umassd.slideroom.com”), a statement of purpose, official transcripts of all post-secondary education, and three letters of recommendation.
Students who are admitted to this program may be eligible for federal student loan assistance.
Should a PBC student be accepted into the UMass Dartmouth MFA program, the relevant PBC credits can count toward the MFA degree.