Montserrat College of Art provides an intensive visual arts education that will enable students to sustain a lifelong involvement in art and design and become informed, responsible members of society. The College is also committed to contributing to the cultural life of surrounding communities. Through our degree, diploma and community-based programs, Montserrat offers:
- A vital learning community for students deeply engaged in the study of art and design that encourages and nurtures their unique talents, visions, aspirations and commitment.
- A varied curriculum that challenges the individual, fostering the growth of technical and perceptual skills, as well as intellectual awareness and understanding.
- An accomplished and diverse faculty of artists, designers and scholars that is dedicated to stimulating and reinforcing student progress and to promoting the highest standards of artistic and intellectual development.
- A continuing array of public programs, including exhibitions, artist talks, master classes and more, that enhance the cultural life of our campus and the surrounding communities.
Montserrat was born in the late sixties, a time when people were questioning the status quo and seeking new solutions. A group of artists who were working and teaching in the Boston area had a bold idea: to create a new kind of art school in Massachusetts for professional education in the visual arts – a school that would not only focus on the arts, but would also focus on the individual needs of each student. A simple idea, but one that had seldom been attempted and rarely achieved. Foregoing the security – but also the limitations – that traditional institutions offered, these artists labored to breathe life into their idea.
In the early years, Montserrat School of Visual Arts, as it was then called, offered a professional diploma in the same studio concentrations for which it is known today. By the 1980s, this still-young Massachusetts art school was accredited and granted the authority to award the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. With that milestone came a new name: Montserrat College of Art.
By 1990, Montserrat had outgrown its original facility and moved to historic downtown Beverly, Massachusetts, into the Hardie Building, a newly renovated, nineteenth century building with expanded teaching facilities. Steadily, the art college acquired residence halls and the Cabot Studio Building, establishing a vibrant and eclectic seaside Massachusetts campus.
Today, the dream of those artists back in the sixties is a reality. Just as they had hoped, creativity flows at Montserrat College of Art. Students are drawn by the intensive studio environment and one-on-one instruction from our faculty of accomplished artists, designers, and scholars. At Montserrat art school you will find a place of inspiration, respect, and encouragement, where you can develop your talents and achieve your vision of the future.
Inquiries regarding the accreditation status of art schools in Massachusetts by the New England Association should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:
Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
209 Burlington Road
Bedford, MA 01730-1433
e-mail: [email protected]
Stephen D. Immerman, Ed.D., President
Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA
John D. Colucci, Chair, Board of Trustees
McLane Middleton, Professional Association
- Heidi Z. Adam
President, ProjectCause, Inc., Hamilton, MA
- Stephen C. Archer
Principal, Keller- William Realty, Beverly, MA
- Lee R. Dellicker
President, Windover, LLC, Beverly, MA
- Ron DiRito
Professor, Chair of Photography and Video Department, Montserrat College of Art
- Gerald J. Donovan, CLU ®, CLTC
Financial Advisor, Northwestern Mutual, Boston, MA
- R. Hilliard Ebling
Managing Director, Windward Investment Management, Boston, MA
- Henrietta Gates, Vice Chair
Consultant, Hamilton, MA
- Judith M. Gimik
Volunteer, Gloucester, MA
- Miranda P. Gooding
Partner, Glovsky and Glovsky, LLC, Beverly, MA
- Alex Lamb
Managing Director, Commonwealth Impact Partners, Manchester, MA
- Katrina Maestri
Volunteer, Manchester, MA
- Joyce M. Moore, Treasurer
CFO, Windover, LLC
- Richard O’Connor
Partner, Johnson O’Connor Feron & Carucci LLP, Wakefield, MA
- Olivia Parker
Artist / Photographer, Manchester, MA
- Judy Schmid
Graphic Designer, Artist, Marblehead, MA
- William S. Wasserman
Volunteer, Retired Publisher of North Shore Weeklies, Ipswich, MA
- Alyssa Watters
Principal, Art by Alyssa, Artist, Beverly, MA
- Michael R. Wheeler
President, Beverly Bank, Beverly, MA
- Katherine B. Winter
Volunteer, Boston, MA
- Richard Yagjian
Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Hunt’s Photo & Video, Melrose, MA
President of Montserrat College of Art
President Stephen D. Immerman Ed.D is a seasoned, charismatic leader who, since taking the role of president of Montserrat in November 2009, has increased the college’s enrollment, balanced the finances, and enhanced the academic environment with new faculty appointments, upgraded technologies, and renovated facilities.
Under his guidance, Montserrat is becoming a leading voice on the Creative Economy in Massachusetts and the nation, and the importance of the arts to a well-rounded education.
Trustees Chair Lee Dellicker said, “Montserrat is fortunate to have found a true leader in Steve Immerman. He has made an enormous impact on the entire Montserrat community and all of our constituents since coming to Montserrat in 2009. I speak for the entire Board of Trustees when saying that we made the right choice and we will look back on the hiring of Dr. Immerman as a leading factor in the success of our beloved College.”
Building on the strength of the college’s rich history, Dr. Immerman aims to inspire innovation and enhance Montserrat’s stimulating educational environment allowing each and every student to develop and realize their own creative vision. While strengthening relations within both internal and external communities Dr. Immerman also provides steady support for the daily operational management of the College as a whole.
Dean of Development
Dean of College Relations and Special Assistant to the President
Director of Admissions
Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs
Dean of Students
Executive Assistant to the President
Financial information about Montserrat College of Art is available by contacting the business office for an appointment during normal office hours, 9-5 p.m.
Cara Callanan, Chief Financial Officer
978-921-4242 x 1175
Fall 2014 New Student Enrollment Overview
By Entry Level
First-Time Freshmen – 88%
Transfer Students – 12%
Massachusetts – 48%
Other New England – 28%
Outside New England – 24%
Female – 70%
Male – 26%
Undisclosed – 4%
African American – 3%
Native American – 0%
Asian/Pacific Islander – 3%
Hispanic/Latino – 8%
Two or More Races – 3%
White – 49%
Not Reported – 34%
Pell Grant Recipients
All Undergraduate Students Fall 2014 – 37.78%
Retention & Graduation Rates for First-Time Freshmen
Per Federal standards, statistics for retention and graduation are tracked only for first-time freshmen. Graduation rates are tracked in 6 year increments, allowing for students to complete their studies within 1.5 times of program length.
According to the data from the National Center for Education Statistics:
The National Average for First-to-Second Year Retention was 73%
The National Average for 6-Year Graduation was 59%
First-to-Second Year Retention for First Time Freshman:
Entry Fall 2006 – 77%
Entry Fall 2007 – 78%
Entry Fall 2008 – 75%
Entry Fall 2009 – 68%
Entry Fall 2010 – 79%
Entry Fall 2011 – 68%
Entry Fall 2012 – 70%
Entry Fall 2013 – 77%
6-Year Graduation Average for First Time Freshman:
Entry Fall 2006 – 54%
Entry Fall 2007 – 60%
Entry Fall 2008 – 53%
Entry Fall 2009 – 50%
Student Debt Load
The following are the debt load numbers for Montserrat students who graduated in May 2013.
|2013 Graduates||National Average||Montserrat Average|
|Federal Loan Debt||$26,000||$25,521|
|Alternative Loan Debt||$19,000||$25,378|
|% of Students with Federal Loan Debt||56%||90%|
|% of Students with Alternative Loan Debt||22%||33%|
National averages are based on a study of Recent College Graduates Report by Fidelity Investments, 2013.
The human resources office has been designated to handle inquiries regarding Montserrat College of Art non-discrimination policies. Inquiries concerning the application of non-discrimination policies may also be referred to:
Regional Director, Office of Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
5 Post Office Square, 8th Floor
Boston, MA 02109