“Learning to analyze work at Montserrat has really changed the way I view the world around me.”KELLY SHULTZ '16
Montserrat College of Art’s Registrar’s Office provides information regarding all aspects of course information, scheduling, registration, records maintenance, transcript requests and other services related to academic progress.
Animation & Interactive Media Core Competencies
Art Education Core Competencies
Book Arts Core Competencies
Graphic Design Core Competencies
Illustration Core Competencies
Interdisciplinary Core Competencies
Painting Core Competencies
Photo/Video/Film Core Competencies
Printmaking Core Competencies
Sculpture Core Competencies
Consistent with Montserrat’s Mission, the following learning outcomes have been established for all Montserrat graduates:
Learning Outcomes/Educational Goals for all Montserrat Graduates
- Breadth of educational experience: Graduates develop proficiency with visual language through experience in a broad range of artistic disciplines and approaches in the foundation and upper level curricula.
- Depth of educational experience: Graduates achieve a high level of proficiency in their chosen concentration, including formal principles, technical proficiency, the use of artists’ materials, technology, craft, and safe studio practices. Graduates also achieve conceptual proficiency, demonstrating a personal aesthetic and/or content in their work.
- Graduates produce a coherent body of work for evaluation that is suitable for exhibition or for professional portfolio. Graduates are able to work independently.
- Graduates are able to analyze works of art and design perceptively and evaluate them critically. They understand the interaction of elements of a work of art, and employ this knowledge in analysis. They demonstrate confidence and experience with the discourse of the visual arts, and are able to synthesize their capabilities in studio, analysis, and history.
- Graduates have the ability to recognize and adapt to professional opportunities and pursue graduate studies or careers in the fields of visual art and design.
- Graduates are able to position themselves in a professional community and in the world. They have an objective view of an artist’s role in society. They are prepared to assume their places as informed, responsible, contributing citizens in society.
- Graduates demonstrate knowledge of key concepts and methodologies relating to the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences. They have a basic familiarity with critical analysis and with logical and quantitative reasoning.
- Graduates can express ideas with clarity and precision in written and oral communication.
- Graduates demonstrate understanding of the ethical and aesthetic dimensions of human experience that are relevant to the role of a contemporary artist or designer in society. They demonstrate knowledge and understanding of important social, cultural, historical and scientific phenomena.
- Graduates can identify major characteristics, practitioners, and movements in contemporary and historical art and design, and have an understanding of relevant cultural contexts in this area. Graduates can identify and define cultural and artistic practices from cultures and traditions different from their own.
- Graduates understand the capabilities of various technologies as they relate to creative work, analysis, and research in art and design. They are familiar with technological opportunities applicable to their areas of specialization. They can access and use relevant technologies and are prepared to learn new technologies related to art and design.
- Graduates develop an active learning attitude. They acquire an ongoing relationship to learning and art-making that is self-sustaining.
In addition to these learning goals, the following characteristics are desirable for Montserrat graduates. These are fostered throughout the four-year program.
- Graduates develop confidence, creativity, curiosity, and the ability to take risks in their work. They develop entrepreneurial skills, leadership qualities and a sense of empowerment.
- Graduates are aware of ethical practices; they are tolerant and open-minded.
FERPA Non-Disclosure Form
FERPA Release Form
FERPA Waiver Form
Important Registration Information
New & Special Topics Course Descriptions
Foundation Advising Guidelines for Second Semester
Online Course Registration Directions
Chosen Name Policy
Advisor Change Form
Course Add/ Drop Form
Course Pass/NC Request Form
Course Prerequisite Waiver Form
Course Waiver Form
Course Withdrawal Form
Declaration of Concentration Form
Declaration of Minor Form
Independent Study Agreement Form
Sophomore Threshold Self-Assessment
Official transcripts may be requested online and payment made through the Online Transcript Request Form.
Request Transcripts by Mail
If you are not using the online process, please download the Transcript Request Form (PDF) and mail along with a check or money order (made payable to Montserrat College of Art). You may also bring the form and payment to the Registrar’s Office for processing.
Please include the following in your written letter:
- your full legal name while you attended
- the approximate dates of attendance or graduation
- your current address
- your current phone number
- your signature
The fee is $5.00 per official transcript requested (check or money order if mailing) and it should be payable to Montserrat College of Art. Please include payment with your written letter.
Please address the outside envelope as follows:
Attn: Theresa Skelly, Registrar’s Office – Transcript Request
Montserrat College of Art
23 Essex Street
Beverly, MA 01915
Processing time is generally 5-7 business days after receiving your written request and payment. Transcripts will not be released for students with outstanding financial obligations to the College, or other unresolved issues.
If you wish your transcript(s) to be sent to any school(s) please also include the exact school address including any specific person or department to which it is to be sent.
NECCUM allows all students to use any of the NECCUM members’ college library facilities. In addition, any full-time Montserrat College of Art student who has completed their first semester of study and maintains a minimum GPA of 2.0 may take one or two courses every semester through NECCUM at no additional tuition charge. Students may, however, be subject to the member colleges’ registration fees.
Why would I go to a NECCUM school to take classes?
Having the opportunity to take classes at 9 other colleges means that your course selection is almost unlimited. You might get a chance to take a class that Montserrat might never offer like Intro to Sound Recording Technology, Music and the Humanities, Spanish I, Abnormal Psychology or American Constitutional Law.
NECCUM Member schools within 5 miles of Montserrat College of Art:
Other NECCUM schools:
- Merrimack College
- Middlesex Community College
- Northern Essex Community College
- University of Massachusetts at Lowell
The objective of this Record Retention Policy (“Policy”) is to ensure that Montserrat College of Art complies with all applicable laws and regulations governing the management, retention, and destruction of the college’s records. Because the college does not have a centralized records management function, each department is responsible for the retention and disposal of the records it generates.
In certain cases, as described below, it is a crime to destroy records.
For purposes of this Policy, the term “record” refers to any recorded information, wherever such information is or may be stored, that has been created by or for the college, or received by the college in connection with the transaction of the college’s business that is in any format (including, without limitation, paper, electronic, and audiovisual materials).
For statute of limitations or other reasons, certain records must be retained for specific periods of time. The attached record retention schedule provides the minimum retention periods under this Policy, for a variety of categories of documents.
Document types that are not listed, but are substantially similar to those listed on the schedule should also be retained for the appropriate minimum retention periods. Records may be retained in print or electronic form. Portable document format (“pdf”), faxed or scanned documents satisfy record retention requirements, provided that the authenticity of the original is not reasonably expected to be called into question.
Email that needs to be retained should be either (a) printed in hard copy and kept in the appropriate file, or (b) downloaded to a computer file and kept electronically or on disk as a separate file.
The Business Office is responsible for overseeing the implementation of, and compliance with, this Policy. Each department may adopt additional record retention policies so long as the minimum retention periods are at least as long as the retention periods set forth on the attached schedule.
Each employee is responsible for maintaining the records that he or she originates or receives in accordance with this Policy. Employees who are unsure about the need to keep a particular document should consult with the Business Office.
|Document Type||Required Retention Period|
|Admissions Applications||3 years for non-enrolling students and five years after graduation for those who do enroll|
|Annual Financial Statements||Permanently|
|Complaints and investigations||While active plus 7 years|
|Contracts, notes, and leases (expired)||7 years|
|Contracts, notes, and leases (still in effect)||Permanently|
|Correspondence (general)||2 years|
|Correspondence (legal and important matters)||Permanently|
|Deeds, mortgages, bills of sale||Permanently|
|Employee files, including employment applications for individuals hired||While active plus 7 years|
|Employment applications, if not hired||3 years|
|Employment tax records||7 years|
|Financial Aid Records||7 years after the end of the enrollment period|
|General Accounting Records||7 years after tax filing|
|Gift Agreements and Planned Gifts||Permanently|
|Gift Records||7 years|
|Governance: minute books, bylaws, charters, articles of organization, and policies||Permanently|
|Insurance policies (expired)||3 years|
|Internal Revenue Service exemption application and determination letter, examination rulings, and comments||Permanently|
|State tax exemptions||Permanently|
|Student Counseling Center records||Permanently|
|Student Medical Records||7 years after last treatment|
|Tax returns, worksheets, information returns, and related records||20 years|
No records of any type that may be related to an ongoing or imminent college investigation or disciplinary process, lawsuit, or government investigation shall be destroyed and all ordinary disposal or alteration of records pertaining to the subjects of the litigation or investigation shall be immediately suspended.
In certain cases, the Business Office will instruct employees to retain records indefinitely pending an investigation, disciplinary process, or lawsuit. Employees who become aware of a legal matter (whether pending or threatened) involving the college should promptly notify the Business Office so that the college can ensure the preservation of all records relating to that matter. If an employee is uncertain whether documents under his or her control should be preserved because they might relate to a college investigation or disciplinary process, lawsuit, or government investigation, he or she should contact the Business Office.
All records created and maintained pursuant to the Sexual Misconduct Policy must be retained indefinitely by the Title IX Office [in database, digital, and/ or paper form] unless destruction or expungement is authorized by the Title IX Coordinator, who may act under their own discretion, or in accordance with a duly executed and binding settlement of claim, and/or by court order.
Failure to comply with this Policy, including interference with the retention or destruction of the college’s records, may result in civil and criminal liability, as well as disciplinary action, up to and including termination. Failure to maintain certain records may subject the college and/or individuals to penalties and fines and may compromise the college’s position in litigation or an investigation. It is also a federal crime, punishable by a fine and up to 20 years in prison, to knowingly alter, destroy, mutilate, conceal, cover up, falsify or make a false entry in any record with the intent to impede, obstruct or influence the investigation or proper administration of a government investigation or proceeding.
The Registrar’s Office maintains academic records in fire-resistant cabinets. In the event that Montserrat College of Art discontinued operations, arrangements would be made with the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, One Ashburton Place, Room 1401, Boston, MA 02108-1696, (617) 994-6950, www.mass.edu, for the filing and maintenance of academic records. The college would take reasonable steps to notify current and former students about the arrangements for the filing and maintenance of academic records.