School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts
The SMFA at Tufts' Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program was designed by artists, for artists and offers one of the most innovative approaches to arts education in the world - allowing you to combine an in-depth, rigorous liberal arts education with intensive studio arts training. The interdisciplinary studio curriculum is entirely elective – you define, shape, and build your own path of study. The SMFA at Tufts will push you to take risks and to work in media you've never tried before. The faculty, all practicing artists, will guide you in developing your own voice and your own point of view. Due in large part to this unique educational and artistic approach, our graduates go on to define new directions in the arts. Many are pioneers in their field, while others create entirely new fields. The education you will receive here also prepares you for the ever–evolving world after graduation—one with an increasing demand for strategic thinkers, technical skills, and conceptual understanding.
BFA students may take studio courses across the following areas of study: ceramics, drawing, film and animation, graphic arts, metals, painting, performance, photography, print and paper, sculpture, sound, and video. The majority of BFA courses, including all studio and select liberal arts classes, are offered at the SMFA at Tufts main campus, located at 230 The Fenway Boston, MA 02115.
Artists working in today's world understand that their vision may take many forms: object-making, animation, film, or any combination they create. The SMFA at Tufts' unique interdisciplinary, all-elective studio art curriculum is designed to help students embrace this approach. As you develop your artistic voice, your course of study will grow with you. Our approach involves unusual responsibility, challenging you to take charge of the process, to push your limits, to accept critiques, and to seek help when it's needed. This results in self-confident artists with unique sets of skills and interests, supported by the kind of fearless curiosity that fosters groundbreaking art.
Liberal Arts and Sciences
In addition to their rigorous studio curriculum, students at the SMFA at Tufts take 14 academic courses in the School of Arts and Sciences at Tufts. These courses include 5 in art history, 1 in social sciences, 1 in writing, 1 in culture or language, 1 in the humanities, 1 in science or technology, and 3 electives. This academic work exposes students to a broader range of intellect, interest, and experience, and informs their art: learning basic engineering principles, for example, may influence an artist's sculpture work; and studying the art of another culture through an art history course may expose them to new techniques.
The MFA in SMFA at Tufts
The SMFA at Tufts is one of only two art schools in the United States affiliated with a major museum. Located right next door, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) has nearly 450,000 works of art. Students at the SMFA at Tufts have access to the Museum's collections and exhibitions, as well as the the Morse Study Room where works on paper not currently on view can be examined up close. Our students also benefit from relationships with the Museum's curatorial and conservation staff as well as opportunities to intern, assist with installations, and show their work at the MFA.
Life in the City
Recently ranked by Forbes as one of the top five most creative cities in the US, Boston is filled with independent movie theaters, coffeehouses, farmers markets, comedy clubs, poetry slams - and a whole lot of art. This includes 56 museums and incredible open studio areas and galleries. The city also has dozens of dance and performance art spaces, alternative clubs, and legendary music venues.