This 5-Year BFA + BA/BS Combined Degree program is designed for students who wish to pursue their artistic and academic interests to the fullest extent. Students in this program share their time between the Tufts School of Arts and Sciences and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA) at Tufts.
Course of Study: Tufts and the SMFA at Tufts
Graduates of the Combined Degree program receive two degrees within five years: a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Fine Arts. The Five-Year program offers preparation for a career in the arts and unparalleled advantages for the professional artist.
This program consists of 84 studio art credits and a minimum of 24 academic courses. Students must fulfill the foundation, distribution and concentration requirements of a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree at Tufts, in addition to the SMFA at Tufts studio requirements. Academic courses include the following:
- Two courses in English writing
- Two in the humanities
- Two in the social sciences
- Two in math
- Two in natural science
- Six in language and culture
- One in world civilizations
- Six in art history
- Ten to twelve courses in your major concentration
Students interested in applying to this program should indicate so on their application to Tufts University. The application includes a required art portfolio. For a complete application checklist, click here.
Check out a Week in the Life of a Combined Degree Student
Lynette Bian '18 is an international relations major at Tufts, and she's also pursuing a Bachelor's of Fine Arts at the SMFA at Tufts (you can check out her art work here). She's taken classes like Feminist Philosophy and Post-Colonial Thought but also Portrait Painting and Watercolor Mapping. She spends her time on both campuses - and the free shuttle that runs between them - so that she can pursue her love of art without sacrificing her interest in international affairs. We asked her to share a "typical" week with us so you can get a glimpse of the life of a combined degree student.