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2015-2016 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog 
2015-2016 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Artisanry Certificate

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The Certificate in Artisanry is a 36-credit credential awarded by the College of Visual and Performing Arts upon completion of study centered on the development of skills and concepts in the crafts. Participating programs in Artisanry include Textile Design/Fiber Arts, Jewelry/Metals, and Ceramics.

This certificate is intended for students without a bachelor’s degree. It provides both coursework in art theory and practice and a foundation in art history and literature or composition.

It is expected that students who complete the Certificate Program will have gained mastery of specific technical skills in one or more craft areas, knowledge of current trends and various historical precedents of that media area, and a direction for future work and acquaintance with the professional paths available to them.

Up to 15 credits may be met through transfer of prior educational experience, which can include credits from an accredited institution of higher learning or experience gained in workshop(s) that awarded no formal credit, e.g., Haystack, Arrowmont, Penland or internationally-located centers of learning.

At least 21 credits must be taken in residence at UMass Dartmouth including part of the introductory studio requirement, all intermediate and advanced level studio requirements in the student’s chosen field and the adjunct Artisanry studio course.

Certificate students are integrated into regularly-scheduled undergraduate classes. They are expected to perform on a technical and aesthetic level, work within the established curriculum, comply with the semester schedule of class meetings,  and participate in projects, field trips, critiques and student exhibitions. Certificate course requirements may be completed on a full- or part-time schedule.

Application Procedure

To apply to the Artisanry Certificate program, applicants submit a letter of request to the Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 285 Old Westport Road, North Dartmouth, MA, 02747-2300. 

The letter should include:

  • the subject area and goals in pursuing the Certificate,
  • transcripts of any undergraduate work completed and records of related non-credit experience at recognized national workshops, residencies or international centers of learning.


Additionally, 10 images of work must be submitted electronically at, a web-based viewing platform.

Application materials and images will be reviewed within two weeks of receipt and applicants will be notified promptly.  During the review process, applicants may be requested for an interview.  For those accepted into the Certificate program, the Dean’s Office will notify the Office of the Registrar.

If an applicant is judged to be insufficiently prepared in technical areas, or lacks clear focus but is judged to have potential for learning and personal growth, the applicant may enroll in one or more courses as a non-certificate non degree student and re-apply to the Certificate program.

Registration for Certificate students will take place after the close of the registration for degree students.  Because Certificate students are placed in regularly-scheduled classes, admission may be dependent on space availability.

Course and Credit Requirements

Students in the Artisanry Certificate Program are required to take the following sequence of courses. If proof of prior credits earned is provided through transcripts, several courses and credits may be waived at the discretion of the faculty. Courses for which transfer credit is allowed are noted below.

  • Intro. Studio - Credits: 6
    (e.g., Ceramics 1, 2) 3 transfer credits allowed, e.g., Ceramics 1
  • Interm. Studio - Credits: 6
    (e.g., Ceramics 3, 4)
  • Adv. Studio - Credits: 6
    (e.g., Ceramics 5, 6)
  • Adjunct Artisanry Studio Elective - Credits: 3
    (e.g., Weaving 1)
  • Drawing, Foundation Design, or Color Studio - Credits: 3
    3 transfer credits allowed
  • Art History Electives - Credits: 6
    6 transfer credits allowed
  • English Lit. or Composition Electives - Credits: 6
    6 transfer credits allowed

Total credits: 36

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