Visit & Connect
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.
SMFA at Tufts Admissions Office
230 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115
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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.
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.
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.
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 Monday-Friday at 12:30 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.
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.
Graduate Open Studios
Join SMFA at Tufts for our Mission Hill Open Studios, held annually in March, which is a great opportunity to see our graduate students in action! At this event, Master of Fine Arts and Post-Baccalaureate students open their studios to the public to share their research, experimentation, and of course, latest work.
As a part of the event, we host an informational session led by Graduate Studies Director, Jeannie Simms. We discuss the SMFA graduate programs, and run guided tours of the SMFA main campus building and the graduate students’ studios.
Send us an email at smfaCE@tufts.edu. Sign up to receive updated information on our course offerings and programs.
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
Coming soon - please check back in July, 2019
Coming soon - please check back in July, 2019
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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.