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We engage in a personalized admissions process that values meeting with prospective students to share our campuses and provides guidance regarding portfolio submission.

When you visit our campus, you will experience a broader view of our community, see where students work and what they are working on, and ultimately decide if you can see yourself here.

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SMFA at Tufts Admissions Office
230 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115
617-627-0077

smfaadmissions@tufts.edu

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Undergraduate Programs

Open House

Interested in learning about the Bachelor of Fine Arts or Combined Degree program?

The SMFA Undergraduate Open House lets you and your family get an up-close view of what really happens on campus. Students in both of these programs spend a significant amount of time on the SMFA campus, studying diverse disciplines within the visual arts and working with faculty who are all practitioners in their fields.

Talk to current students, tour our studio facilities, and learn more about how our self-directed studio curriculum, paired with an academically rigorous liberal arts education, can prepare you for an ever-evolving world after graduation.

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Campus Visits & Tours

When you visit our campus, you’ll experience the energy, community, and spirit of SMFA. You’ll meet and speak with current students and see what they’re working on. More than anything, you’ll get the chance to envision yourself on campus and see if we’re the right fit for you.

During the academic year, tours are offered Monday-Friday at 12:30 pm. Tours typically last an hour and a half and include an information session. During the summer, campus tours are offered most Wednesdays and Fridays at 12:30 pm. Check the schedule for full availability and to book at tour.

If you are planning a visit for a group of 10 or more, contact our admissions office.

Portfolio Reviews

Personal portfolio reviews, in addition to a tour of the SMFA campus, are strongly encouraged for prospective students. Although portfolio reviews are not an admissions requirement, they are a great opportunity to receive valuable guidance on portfolio preparation, and personally meet an admissions counselor. Plan to bring 10-15 pieces of work with you. We recommend that you bring original works of art, but if this is impossible, you may bring reproductions of your work in the form of photos, or on a CD or USB drive.

Portfolio reviews may be limited, and require advanced registration. Portfolio Reviews are available for current high school juniors, seniors, and transfer students who have a serious interest in the Bachelor of Fine Arts or the Combined Degree programs.

Tour and portfolio review registration

Graduate Programs

Campus Visits and Tours

During the academic year, graduate tours are offered to prospective Master of Fine Arts and Post-Baccalaureate candidates on an individual basis Tuesdays at 11:30 am, with group tours available on Thursdays at 1:30 pm. Tours typically last one and half hours and include a tour of the SMFA Main Building at 230 The Fenway and the Mission Hill Building at 160 Saint Alphonsus Street.

During the summer, campus tours are offered most Wednesdays at 12:30 pm. We also offer limited pre-scheduled graduate campus tours and portfolio reviews. Contact Lennon Wolcott, Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions, to schedule a campus visit.

Students considering the MAT program interested in visiting the SMFA campus can schedule a tour by contacting Susan Barahal, Director of the Art Education program.

Graduate Tour Registration

On Campus Portfolio Reviews

Personal portfolio reviews, as well as a tour of the SMFA campus, are strongly encouraged for prospective graduate students. Although portfolio reviews are not an admissions requirement, they are a great opportunity to receive valuable guidance on portfolio preparation, and a chance to meet personally with the assistant director of graduate admissions to discuss questions of the application process. Plan to have physical work or a digital collection of work with you. 

Portfolio Reviews are available for prospective students who have a serious interest in the Masters of Fine Arts or Post-Baccalaureate programs, and require advanced registration. Contact Lennon Wolcott, Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions, to schedule a portfolio review.

Continuing Education Programs

Send us an email at smfaCE@tufts.edu. Sign up to receive updated information on our course offerings and programs.

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SMFA In Your Area

The National Portfolio Day Association sponsors undergraduate and graduate events across the nation. Their events are a great way to learn more about SMFA at Tufts, meet with faculty and admissions staff, and get feedback on your artwork. Learn more about National Portfolio Day events, including location details and what to bring.

In addition to National Portfolio Days, SMFA at Tufts attends many regional and high school-based portfolio day events, offers SMFA portfolio review sessions at off-campus locations, and visits high school art classrooms throughout the fall and spring semesters. Please note that only public events which SMFA at Tufts staff will be attending are listed below.

2019-20 Off-Campus Events Attended by SMFA Admissions

Undergraduate Events

September 14 Atlanta, GA National Portfolio Day

September 15 New Orleans, LA National Portfolio Day

September 21 Phoenix, AZ National Portfolio Day

September 21 Milwaukee, WI National Portfolio Day

September 22 Albuquerque, NM National Portfolio Day

September 22 Los Angeles, CA Performing and Visual Arts College Fair

September 28 Austin, TX National Portfolio Day

September 29 Dallas, TX National Portfolio Day

October 5 Denver, CO National Portfolio Day

October 5 Richmond, VA National Portfolio Day

October 6 Charlotte, NC National Portfolio Day

October 12 Hartford, CT National Portfolio Day

October 13 Boston, MA National Portfolio Day

October 20 Chicago, IL National Portfolio Day

October 26 New York City, NY National Portfolio Day

October 27 Philadelphia, PA National Portfolio Day

November 2 Washington, DC National Portfolio Day

November 3 Rochester, NY National Portfolio Day

November 3 Detroit, MI National Portfolio Day

November 3 Baltimore, MD National Portfolio Day

November 5 Boston, MA Performing and Visual Arts College Fair

November 9 Seattle, WA National Portfolio Day

November 9 San Diego, CA National Portfolio Day

November 10 Los Angeles, CA National Portfolio Day

November 16 Paris, France National Portfolio Day

November 16 Vancouver, BC, Canada National Portfolio Day

November 16 Cincinnati, OH National Portfolio Day

November 17 San Francisco, CA National Portfolio Day

November 17 Cleveland, OH National Portfolio Day

January 25 Miami, FL National Portfolio Day

January 26 Sarasota, FL National Portfolio Day

Graduate Events

October 19 San Francisco, CA Graduate National Portfolio Day

October 26 Boston, MA Graduate National Portfolio Day

October 27 New York City, NY Graduate National Portfolio Day

November 2 Chicago, IL Graduate National Portfolio Day

November 16 Paris, France Graduate National Portfolio Day

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Directions

The School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University is located in the Fenway neighborhood of Boston:

230 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115

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The entrance to SMFA at Tufts is marked by a large rhino sculpture, made by alumna Katharine Lane Weems. Because parking is very limited in this area, we encourage you to take public transportation when traveling to the Fenway campus. For information about Boston's public transportation system, including fare information and schedules, visit the MBTA website.

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