• Address
    Boston, MA, 02115, United States
  • Architecture Degrees

    Undergraduate - Pre-Professional

    B.F.A. Architecture

    Graduate - Professional

    M.Arch.
  • Tuition
    In-State Undergrad: $10,400
    Out-of-State Undergrad: $28,600
    In-State Graduate: $23,400
    Out-of-State Graduate: $23,400
  • Full-Time Students
    62
  • School Deadlines
    Summer Session I
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    Fall Semester
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    Spring Semester
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Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Department of Architecture

Teaching through making is the core philosophy and strength of MassArt where students engage in a unique setting with a peer group of makers across a range of fields in a public, urban, art and design institution. Studio work is an experiment in design inquiry requiring scaled mock-ups, digital fabrication; learning through constant analysis, and exploration of material consequences. Projects link design studios to structural/environmental building systems, and community engagement to leadership. Through observation and investigation-based studio projects, students uncover design ideas relevant to cultural, social, environmental and political settings, providing preparation for a diverse set of professional opportunities.

https://massart.edu/degree-programs/master-architecture
University
Setting

Massachusetts College of Art and Design is centered in the city of Boston, an urban environment with a diverse urban population rich in historic traditions. The school is within walking distance of many cultural institutions, museums and historic neighborhoods. Boston and neighboring Cambridge are unique cities with thriving business centers, close-knit diverse communities and neighborhoods, as well as a wide range of schools and universities offering a unique setting for the college student. The greater two city area is surrounded by small urban centers - industrial communities with histories of fabrication, fishing villages and harbors with active fleets, and small New England towns with public squares defining the town center. Studios both within and outside of the program also offer travel outside of New England and abroad, supported by faculty from MassArt and across a network of local campuses. Each encourages students to experience Boston or other places and its people through investigation-based studio projects while learning how to understand the design and planning considerations relevant to these contexts.

MassArt offers 21 concentrations in the areas of fine arts, design, media art education and history of art; awarding BFA, MFA, M.ARCH AND MAT degrees as well as certificates in design and visual arts teacher preparation.

School Philosophy

The Architecture program at MassArt is designed to provide a rigorous, accessible and affordable professional preparation for a variety of architecture careers in a world facing serious global challenges. Grounded in energy-conscious building and site design, studio coursework promotes the practical application of learned theory in building systems, construction technology, ethical practice and cultural traditions in architecture. The curriculum combines professional requirements with hands-on design-build experience focused on community living and working spaces, so that students develop as socially aware artisan-architects who are versatile problem solvers and skilled collaborators, dedicated to sustainable improvement of the built environment.

Recognizing that understanding of a multicultural world is essential for every citizen in the 21st century, the program provides an interactive learning environment where diverse opinions, approaches and passionate debate are encouraged. Students and faculty treat one another with respect and mutual goodwill and resolve differences in an equitable, respectful manner. Vertically integrated coursework affords graduate and undergraduate populations the chance to work together and collaboratively. At the end of each program students explore their passions through engagement with investigative and research questions and project design goals highlighted in the undergraduate Degree Project and Master of Architecture Thesis I and II studios.

School
Programs

The Architecture program at MassArt is designed to provide a rigorous, accessible and affordable professional preparation for a variety of architecture careers in a world facing serious global challenges. Grounded in energy-conscious building and site design, studio coursework promotes the practical application of learned theory in building systems, construction technology, ethical practice and cultural traditions in architecture. The curriculum combines professional requirements with hands-on design-build experience focused on community living and working spaces, so that students develop as socially aware artisan-architects who are versatile problem solvers and skilled collaborators, dedicated to sustainable improvement of the built environment.

What sets MassArt apart from each of the other local schools of architecture is its institutional context. As a pubic college of art and design, MassArt provides affordable access to students from diverse backgrounds that seek an education that focuses on learning through making. This approach to learning is practiced across the institution and is supported by the extensive shops and studios on campus. The program brings together a faculty with shared commitment to practice expressed through the development of studios with topics architects are currently addressing in the profession. Architectural skills are often applied through collaborations with the community, and therefore offer an opportunity to engage with the public. This has included the creation of design, construction and development projects. These partnerships are central to professional education at MassArt and to the development of architects who are socially responsible citizens.

Recognizing that understanding of a multicultural world is essential for every citizen in the 21st century, the program provides an interactive learning environment where diverse opinions, approaches and passionate debate are encouraged. Students and faculty treat one another with respect and mutual goodwill and resolve differences in an equitable, respectful manner. Vertically integrated coursework affords graduate and undergraduate populations the chance to work together and collaboratively. At the end of each program students explore their passions through engagement with investigative and research questions and project design goals highlighted in the undergraduate Degree Project and Master of Architecture Thesis I and II studios.

Areas
of Focus
  • Building Technologies
  • Community Design
  • Design/Build
  • Ecological Design
  • Graphics And Visualization
  • History, Theory, Criticism
  • Materials And Construction
  • Resilience
Student
Opportunities
Lecture Series
Solar Decathlon
Teaching Assistantships
Co-op or Work Placement
Exchange
Studio / Course Trips
Cross-disciplinary Courses
Preparation for Licensing Exams
Our
Facilities
Individual Workspaces
Model Photography Station
Computer Lab
Large-format Printer
Woodshop
Metalshop
Fabrication Lab
24 Hour Workshop
Fumehood
Laser Cutter
3D Printing
CNC Milling
Materials Collection
Image Collection
Architecture Library