The Massachusetts College of Art is a visual and applied art college. It is the only publicly funded free standing art school in United States. The Massachusetts College of Art has accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The college is also a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design.
History of Massachusetts College of Art:
Rich civic and business leaders of the 1860ís wanted to influence the long term development of Massachusetts with their new found wealth. In order to encourage learning in technology and fine art, the state legislature was persuaded to establish several institutions. The state founded the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Massachusetts Normal Art School. The Massachusetts College of Art was started in order to fulfill the demand for industrial drawing skills and the educatorsí belief that drawing training could propagate manual and intellectual skills along with yielding spiritual benefits. Due to the foundation of the Massachusetts College of Art being instilled in the cultural and economic extents of the Commonwealth, the college has evolved along with the times. The location of Massachusetts College of Art is near the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
Degrees at the Massachusetts College of Art:
The Massachusetts College of Art has a Bachelorís Degree in Fine Arts with majors in Fine Arts, 2D Art, 3D Art, Communication Design, Environmental Design, Media & Performing Arts and Art Education. Within these majors the students can focus on Industrial Design, Art History, Fashion Design, Architectural Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Animation, Painting, Printmaking, Ceramics, Glass, Sculpture, Fibers, Metals, Photography, Film/Video and the Studio for Interrelated Media. The curriculum includes a one year foundation period with basic exposure to 2D Art, 3D Art, and Design.
Massachusetts College of Art is one of the 35 independent schools of art and design in USA. The undergraduate admission procedure is very selective. The selection of undergraduates is the third most selective procedure among the countryís colleges and the one for graduates is the second most selective process.