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Interdisciplinary Art Education
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. The interdisciplinary studio curriculum is entirely elective – you define, shape, and build your path of study. SMFA at Tufts will push you to take risks and to work in mediums you've never tried before. The faculty, all practicing artists, will guide you in developing your voice and defining your point of view. Due in large part to this unique educational and artistic approach, our graduates go on to create new directions in the arts; many are pioneers in their field, while others create entirely new disciplines. The education you will receive here also prepares you for the ever-evolving world after graduation—one with an increasing demand for strategic thinking, technical skills, and conceptual understanding.
SMFA at Tufts is a challenging place. It was designed to be that way. It pushes boundaries in a way you never expected, but will never forget. In the end, it is an experience that will be profoundly rewarding. And that is what a great education is all about. We chose you to be part of our community because we believe that you possess the independent spirit and creative vision that defines an SMFA at Tufts student.
Museum of Fine Arts
As a student at SMFA at Tufts, you will have unparalleled access to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston – the second largest art collection in North America. Our urban campus, located next to the MFA, means you’ll have the opportunity to not only study great works of art but to physically interact with them. SMFA at Tufts was originally founded as the educational wing of the MFA and has a 145-year history of educating artists and promoting public engagement with the visual arts across cultures and movements.
Today, the partnership between SMFA at Tufts and the MFA continues to grow. Each fall the Museum curates an exhibition in its contemporary art wing dedicated to current SMFA at Tufts students or recent graduates of our programs. As a graduate of the SMFA at Tufts program, you’ll be eligible to apply for the SMFA Traveling Fellowship – which supports travel, exploration, and research for SMFA at Tufts alumni. Former Traveling Fellow winners includes Nan Goldin, Ellen Gallagher, Omer Fast, Doug and Mike Starn, and, most recently, Helina Metaferia, Samantha Nye, Gonzalo Fuenmayor, and Daniela Rivera. We are already looking forward to seeing work from the most recent group of Traveling Fellows which includes graduates from our BFA, 5-year BFA + BA/BS Combined Degree, and Masters of Fine Arts programs!
In addition to the academic, extracurricular, and support offerings at the Tufts Medford Campus, students have full access to our SMFA at Tufts Fenway Campus, which houses our visual art studio facilities. At SMFA at Tufts, you’ll find a community of practicing artists – both peers and professors – who are pushing the boundaries of visual art. Through on-campus visiting artists, lecturers, and professional or student exhibitions, students engage deeply with contemporary art. In addition to making connections in class, community events such as SMFA Thanksgiving, Library Sounds, and group bus trips to New York City galleries and MassMoca bring together student-artists to collaborate and explore their shared interests. Also, there are staff members on the SMFA at Tufts campus to support student needs regarding academic advising, counseling, financial assistance, registrar functions, and career services specifically geared towards the visual arts. Finally, the Tufts shuttle makes regular trips between the two campuses so that students can take advantage of the full offerings at each location.