“It’s nice to have someone who cares about you and who cares about your work, to guide you and to help answer those questions that you can’t solve all by yourself.”

Rachel Olang, BFA

Advising

The Academic Advising team at SMFA at Tufts works in partnership with the faculty to support undergraduate students. Advisors help to track degree requirements, assist with course selection, and connect students to the academic and support resources available on both campuses. Students are required to meet with an academic advisor each semester in advance of registration.

In addition to Academic Advising, students work with faculty mentors in class and studio, outside of class, and in a Review Board at the end of each semester to help them develop a personalized curriculum that best suits their individual artistic practice.

Advisors

Leah Gadd

Leah Gadd is the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Advising at SMFA at Tufts. Leah oversees the academic progress of undergraduate students pursuing the BFA program (including the SMFA portion of the combined degree). In addition to her work with students, Leah also works with various committees developing policy and advising on curricular matters. Leah has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Parsons School of Design and a Master of Fine Arts in 3D from Massachusetts College of Art & Design.

Lindsay Costa

Lindsay Costa is the Academic Resource Advisor at SMFA at Tufts. In this role, she advises students academically and ensures they are connected to the appropriate support services. She also acts as the liaison for Student Accessibility Services on the SMFA campus to support students with disabilities with their process of getting accommodations and developing self-advocacy skills. Lindsay has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and a Master of Science in Human Development and Family Studies, College Student Personnel. She is excited to work with SMFA students to help them have a successful and enriching experience.

Student Accessibility Services

The Student Accessibility Services (SAS) office works with students to discuss and implement reasonable accommodations, support students throughout their time at Tufts, and help students advocate for their needs. SAS also works with campus partners to educate the Tufts community and to promoter a more inclusive and diverse university. On the SMFA campus, contact Lindsay Costa to register with SAS and start the accommodation process. 

Lindsay.costa@tufts.edu | 617-627-0058 

Visit the Student Accessibility Services site for more information.

Academic Resource Center – Medford/Somerville Campus

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) provides academic support to students throughout their academic career at Tufts. The center offers study strategies, one-on-one tutoring, and workshops in writing, public speaking, and time management. International and multilingual students for whom English is not their first language may take advantage of the English language support offered by the center. 

Students also have access to writing support, time management, and study strategies consultants at the SMFA campus. Visit the Academic Resource Center site for more information.