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.
BFA students may take studio courses across the following areas of study: animation, ceramics, digital art, drawing, film, graphic arts, metals, painting, papermaking, performance, photography, printmaking, sculpture, sound, and video. The majority of BFA courses, including all studio and select liberal arts classes, are offered at the SMFA at Tufts Fenway campus, located at 230 The Fenway Boston, MA 02115.
The development of written communication skills is fundamental to an undergraduate arts education. All BFA students are required to take two semesters of college writing in order to graduate. Most students complete this requirement by taking English 1 or English 3 in the first semester and English 2 or Philosophy 1 in the second semester.
History of Art
All BFA students are required to take 5 courses in the history of art as part of their academic requirements. In their first semester, first-time BFA students take Introduction to Visual and Critical Studies. The other 4 courses in the History of Art requirement can be satisfied by completing any courses in the Visual and Critical Studies department based on the Fenway campus or in the Art History department based on the Medford/Somerville campus. This allows students to choose art history courses from across disciplines and eras that support individual interests.
There are a variety of ways the Language/Culture requirement can be satisfied including foreign language study or the study of a specific culture through courses taught in English.
The BFA Science/Technology requirement can be satisfied by any course that meets the Mathematics or Natural Science requirement for Liberal Arts students.
In addition to the above distribution requirements, students must also complete 1 full-credit course in the Social Sciences and Humanities as well as 3 Liberal Arts elective courses, which can be any academic course offered on either the Fenway or Medford/Somerville campus. One Liberal Arts elective requirement can be satisfied by an art history course either through the Visual and Critical Studies department on the SMFA campus of the Art History department on the Medford/Somerville campus.
BFA Degree Requirements:
|Studio Art||19 credits|
|Art History||5 credits|
|English I and II||2 credits|
|Social Sciences||1 credit|