This 5-Year Combined Degree BFA + BA/BS 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. Students must fulfill the foundation, distribution and concentration requirements of a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree at in the School of Arts & Sciences, in addition to the SMFA at Tufts studio requirements.
Combined Degree Requirements:
|Studio Art||76 semester hour units|
|Art History||15 semester hour units|
|College writing||English 1 and 2, or equivalent|
|Foreign Language/Culture Option Part 1||Proficiency in a foreign language through third semester level or equivalent|
|Foreign Language/Culture Option Part 2||3 additional language or culture courses|
|World Civilizations||3 semester hour units|
|Humanities||6 semester hour units|
|Social Sciences||6 semester hour units|
|Language and Culture||6 semester hour units|
|Mathematical Science||6 semester hour units|
|Natural Science||6 semester hour units|
|Major Concentration||10-12 courses (units vary by major)|
One course is typically 2-4 semester hour units
Students interested in applying to this program will 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 explore the overlaps between her passion for art and her fascination with 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.