Visit & Connect
Our mission is to support you through your application process. The SMFA at Tufts Admissions team values conversations with prospective students and their families. We’re here to introduce you to our community and to help guide you in your portfolio development.
Get in touch to learn more about our classes, our students, and our faculty. We’re happy to share stories, artwork, and advice.
SMFA at Tufts Admissions Office
230 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115
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During your Campus Visit, an SMFA at Tufts Admissions Counselor will introduce you to SMFA through stories and images of our campus community as well as a tour of our specialized art facilities. The program consists of a 30-minute information session and a 30-minute tour, all of which will be held indoors. We require all individuals, whether vaccinated or not, to continue to wear masks indoors.
Click “Register Here” below to select the date of your visit to the SMFA Fenway campus. Registration is required, and we are unable to accommodate walk-in visitors at this time. Please read below for more details on our COVID-19 guidelines.
COVID-19 Guidelines for Tufts Admissions Visits
In-person campus visits are now available. The following policies are in place to protect the health of students, employees, and visitors. Please review the guidelines below so you know what to expect during your visit.
Registration for a campus visit is required. We are unable to accommodate those who arrive on campus and do not have a scheduled appointment.
Prior to Arrival on Campus
All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must comply with the State of Massachusetts COVID-19 travel advisory. On the day of your visit, each visitor must complete the Tufts University Daily Health Status Survey prior to arrival. During check in, you will be required to show the post-survey confirmation email.
Arrival on Campus
Visitors to campus should arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before your program begins. An Admissions staff member will be stationed at the front door to greet and check you in for your visit.
Information Sessions will be limited to room capacity per session. Only registered guests will be permitted to participate in the session. No food or drink is allowed during the information session and face coverings must be worn at all times. Tufts requires all individuals, whether vaccinated or not, to continue to wear masks indoors. This allows for us to ensure the health and safety of our community during the visit experience. Visitors are expected to provide their own masks.
Virtual Information Sessions
In the Virtual Information Session, you’ll hear all about our curriculum and degree pathways, our amazing network of faculty and staff, professional preparation, and other big-picture aspects of the SMFA at Tufts experience. We’ll cover financial aid and the application process, and you’ll have an opportunity to ask an Admissions Counselor any questions that come to mind.
Check the schedule using the link below for full availability. Info Sessions typically last 30 minutes with Q&A after.
Virtual Campus Tours
Student-led Virtual Campus Tours are live presentations that will introduce you to SMFA at Tufts and walk you through stories and images of our facilities, neighborhood, and campus community as well as provide time to answer your questions. These sessions are a great way to chat with current students about campus life, hear their stories, and get to know SMFA from an insider’s perspective.
Check the schedule using the link below for full availability. Tours typically last 45 minutes.
Virtual Portfolio Reviews
Although Portfolio Reviews are not an admissions requirement, they’re a great opportunity to present your work and receive valuable guidance on portfolio preparation as well as meet personally with an Admissions Counselor.
When you sign up for a Portfolio Review, you’ll be asked to email us a link to view your artwork prior to your review. You can provide us with a link to your website, if you have one, or to a shared folder via GoogleDrive, DropBox, or another online file sharing platform. If you are not able to make your images available online, just let us know and we will make alternate arrangements to collect images of your work for review.
Portfolio Reviews are limited and require advance registration. Reviews typically last 30 minutes.
Virtual Group Visits
If you are interested in having an admissions staff member host a virtual visit for your art class or organization, please contact SMFAadmissions@tufts.edu. We are happy to offer groups SMFA-focused virtual information sessions or virtual tours, or can provide a broadly-applicable presentation about choosing the right-fit art school and building a portfolio.
Fall for Tufts
Join us for our virtual open house, Fall for Tufts! We’ll be offering four weeks of programming dedicated to illustrating the Tufts community and helping you imagine your future as a Jumbo. The open house schedule allows room to explore various topics in a choose-your-own-adventure format (no need to sign up for every event - just the ones you are interested in!).
We encourage you to explore the many aspects of the Tufts community. And keep an eye out for special programming like:
- Why Tufts: A Deans' Panel with SMFA’s Dean, Nancy Bauer
- Inside the SMFA at Tufts, our introduction to everything SMFA
- SMFA student and alumni panels
- Studio visits and mock classes with SMFA faculty
National Portfolio Day Events
The National Portfolio Day Association (NPDA) will host virtual events throughout the fall, providing an opportunity for you to meet individually with professional representatives of accredited colleges and universities and receive valuable feedback and guidance on your portfolio before you submit it as part of your application. All events are free and open to the public. SMFA Admissions Counselors will be attending all NPD events this year. To see a list of events and register, visit nationalportfolioday.org.
Graduate Virtual Tour & Information Session
These live presentations will introduce you to the SMFA at Tufts graduate programs and walk you through stories and images of our neighborhood, students, alumni, and greater campus community. You’ll be invited to join in the conversation about how students take advantage of our multi-disciplinary studio access and the larger university resources. You are encouraged to ask questions about how SMFA can support your research and studio practice.
Graduate Virtual Office Hours
Join the Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions, for a one-on-one conversation about SMFA at Tufts programs. Considering graduate art education is a personal journey- Virtual Office Hours provide a direct opportunity to ask the important questions. Whether you’re just beginning your research, working on the application, or have been accepted and would like to know more about student life, you can learn how an art school affiliated with a world-class art museum and tier-1 research institution can empower you to realize your goals.
Graduate Portfolio reviews
Graduate Portfolio reviews are a great opportunity to talk about your work and goals for graduate study and get helpful information about presenting your strongest application for admission to SMFA at Tufts. Reviews typically last 30 minutes
Graduate Virtual Open House Series
Throughout the fall, we held live sessions with current SMFA students on navigating graduate life with members of our alumni network and how they are impacting the contemporary art world. Additional sessions with program directors discussed our MFA and Post-Bac programs.
Master of Fine Arts Information Sessions
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Post-Baccalaureate Information Sessions
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Highlighting the (alumni) Experience
Do you have questions about what comes after the MFA? Hear from SMFA Grad Alumni working in areas like curation, teaching, public art, and more as they speak with SMFA Admissions about their careers, influences, their own artistic practice. Hear how their path in graduate education with SMFA at Tufts prepared them for the opportunities that followed graduate art education.
Highlighting the (current student) Experience
How does interdisciplinary art education impact and affect the work of graduate students? Hear from current SMFA at Tufts MFA candidates (within their first, second, and third years) to speak about how individual mentorship, tier-1 research, and access to all areas of study foster graduate art education and development at each step of graduate education.
Spring 2021 Graduate Admitted Student Events
SMFA at Tufts Virtual MFA Classroom: Grad Critique with Danielle Abrams
Date: Thursday, March 18, 2021
Time: 6:00-9:00pm EST
Danielle Abrams, Graduate Faculty and Professor of the Practice, opens the doors to her (virtual) Graduate Group Critique class. As a critical component of the graduate program, the weekly group critique is a time when students open up their practice to receive feedback from their community. Admitted students will have the chance to sit in on this session with current students and faculty as they discuss the work of two current graduate students.
SMFA at Tufts Graduate Life MFA Panel (Advising and Events)
Date: Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Time: 12:30-1:30pm EST
This session will walk you through the range of opportunities for our MFA students throughout their studies. An opportunity to learn more about our course advising, graduate studios, TA positions, travel grants, or other opportunities that happen throughout the year for our MFA students. This session will be led by Lisa Bynoe, Associate Director of the Graduate Program, and Erica Ancrum, Program Coordinator.
SMFA at Tufts Master of Fine Arts Admitted Student Mixer
Date: Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Time: 6:00-7:00pm EST
This event will be a great chance to get to know members of the current first year MFA and you future MFA cohort by sharing your experiences, research interests, and artwork if you'd like. We recognize that one of the best parts of our *traditional* on-campus admitted student events is when we celebrate at the end with a bar and snacks and casual chats (that's one of our favorite parts of the year too). That time is when our admitted students get to know each other - they find shared interests, find new friends, and often future roommates - so this session is our 2021-style attempt at replicating that.
Post Baccalaureate Certificate Studio Art Admitted Student Events-Coming Soon
Graduate National Portfolio Day Events
The National Portfolio Day Association (NPDA) will host four virtual graduate events this fall, providing an opportunity for you to meet individually with professional representatives of accredited colleges and universities and receive valuable feedback and guidance on your portfolio before you submit it as part of your application. All events are free and open to the public. SMFA stall will be available at all graduate portfolio day events this year. To see a list of all events and register, visit nationalportfolioday.org.
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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.