Students interested in transferring into the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) or the 5-year Combined Degree BFA+BA/BS will apply to Tufts University using the Common Application for Transfer. Because of the flexible studio curriculum in our interdisciplinary BFA, we are uniquely poised to welcome transfer students into the program at varying levels and we value students who come from a variety of educational backgrounds.
What's Different about a BFA or Combined Degree Transfer Application?
Your transfer application to the BFA or the Combined Degree must fulfill all of the requirements for a Tufts application, with the following exceptions and additions:
- You must indicate on your application the program to which you are applying.
- Visual art portfolio, required only for students applying to the BFA or Combined Degree BFA+BA/BS programs. A visual art portfolio should consist of 15-20 images and/or up to 10 minutes of time-based work. The ideal portfolio will demonstrate your conceptual development while highlighting your technical abilities. We encourage you to submit work that you believe to be the strongest representation of your skills and experiences to date, regardless of medium. You will upload your visual art portfolio materials after submitting your application to Tufts by logging in to your Tufts applicant status portal. Find more information and resources about portfolio guidelines here.
- Two letters of recommendation. For BFA and Combined Degree students, we require one college-level studio art instructor evaluation and one college-level non-studio art academic evaluation.
- Tufts short-answer questions: all applicants to Tufts will respond to two short prompts. For BFA and Combined Degree applicants, the second prompt will challenge you to reflect specifically on your art practice.