MFA Coursework

The SMFA at Tufts University MFA in Studio Art is a two-year, 15-credit degree program defined by an interdisciplinary approach to advanced education through the arts. As with the BFA, the curriculum is designed and executed by a faculty of professional artists and scholars.

Studio Courses

The studio courses that MFA students take will depend on their interests and thesis ideas. Through one-on-one mentorship and close academic advising, you will pursue an interdisciplinary approach to your art practice to further develop your skills and learn new ones.

Students explore traditional or hybrid practices supported by an array of spaces and resources on our campus. As a graphic designer, for example, you might explore how printmaking or animation enriches your practice.

The following disciplines offered at SMFA serve as a guide, allowing you to build an individualized set of skills and experiences to carry into your professional career.

Digital Media
Graphic Arts
Graphic Design

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During the first year of study, MFA graduate students take the Contemporary Art Practice (CAP) seminar. They explore and analyze a range of subjects in contemporary art and begin to define their relationship to these ideas through speaking, writing, research and presentation in ways that are relevant to their own art practice. Students learn to dialogue within a seminar context; to build relationships and rapport with their colleagues; and to enhance their leadership and analytical skills. The CAP seminar allows students to become acquainted with their cohort, one another's artwork, and research interests. In addition to CAP Seminar, MFA graduate students must register for 3 additional seminars during the two years within SMFA at Tufts that further develop their exposure to contemporary art practice and art theory.

Liberal Arts and Sciences Courses

MFA graduate students will take two graduate-level art history and two graduate-level liberal arts and sciences elective classes from a broad range of advanced topics, emphasizing in-depth understanding of a subject and advanced research and writing skills. We encourage students to choose courses that are relevant to their studio practice, future plans, or to the contemporary art world.