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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, students, and faculty through examples of their stories and artwork.

Contact

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

smfaadmissions@tufts.edu

Undergraduate Programs

Campus Visit

During a campus visit, an SMFA at Tufts admissions counselor will introduce you to SMFA through stories and images of our community, and a current student will lead a tour of our specialized art facilities on the SMFA Fenway campus. Visits typically last one hour.

Please review our visit guidelines below before registering for a campus visit.

  • Visit Registration: Registration for a campus visit is required. We are unable to accommodate those who arrive on campus and do not have a scheduled appointment.  
  • Vaccination Requirement: Tufts University is committed to promoting a safe campus environment and therefore requires all members of the university community to be vaccinated. Visitors attending admissions events on campus are required to be vaccinated and will be asked to show proof of vaccination upon arrival at the event.
  • Arrival on Campus: Visitors to campus should arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before your program begins. An Admissions staff member will greet you at the main entrance to check you in for your visit. Face coverings must be worn indoors at all times.  

Register Here

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. Browse our calendar of events and register using the link below. Virtual Information Sessions typically last 40 minutes. 

Register Here
 

Virtual Tour & Student Experience

In a live Virtual Tour & Student Experience session, current students will show you around campus with action shots of our specialized arts facilities, plus some off-campus highlights around Boston. They’ll spend some time chatting and answering questions about getting involved in our community, how they utilize both campuses, and what life is like as an SMFA at Tufts student. Browse our calendar of events and register using the link below. Virtual Tour & Student Experience sessions typically last 45 minutes.

Register Here 

Virtual Portfolio Reviews

Although attending a Portfolio Review is not an admissions requirement, it’s a great opportunity to meet one-on-one with an Admissions Counselor before submitting your portfolio to receive valuable guidance on portfolio preparation and ask the questions that will help you envision how you and your artwork will grow here. This program provides a space to dive deeper into a conversation about your art practice, what you want to get out of the program, and how your portfolio can help you get here. If this is your first portfolio review, you can learn more about the process here. Browse our calendar of events and register using the link below. Reviews typically last 30 minutes.
 
Register Here 

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. 
 

National Portfolio Day Events

The National Portfolio Day Association (NPDA) will host virtual events throughout the fall, providing an opportunity for you to meet with representatives from 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, and SMFA Admissions Counselors will be attending all NPD events this year. When you visit SMFA’s booth, you’ll leave with portfolio feedback and an idea of how you and your art practice will fit into our unique program. Check the schedule to see when we’ll be at a National Portfolio Day in a city near you or register to meet us from anywhere in the world at an Online National Portfolio Day.  

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Graduate Programs

Graduate Campus Visit

Join us on campus for an introduction to our graduate community, our specialized art facilities, and our graduate studio spaces. This tour will include both the Fenway and Mission Hill buildings and will last approximately 1.5 hours.

Please review our visit guidelines below before registering for a campus visit.

  • Visit Registration: Registration for a campus visit is required. We are unable to accommodate those who arrive on campus and do not have a scheduled appointment.  
  • Vaccination Requirement: Tufts University is committed to promoting a safe campus environment and therefore requires all members of the university community to be vaccinated. Visitors attending admissions events on campus are required to be vaccinated and will be asked to show proof of vaccination upon arrival at the event.
  • Arrival on Campus: Visitors to campus should arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before your program begins. An Admissions staff member will greet you at the main entrance to check you in for your visit. Face coverings must be worn indoors at all times. 

Register Here  
 

Graduate Virtual Tour 

These live presentations will introduce you to our specialized art facilities, our graduate studio spaces, our greater university resources, and Boston’s world-class art collections and gallery districts. You’ll learn about our campus community and neighborhood and be invited to join in the conversation.

Register Here

Graduate Information Session

Join this live presentation to learn about our MFA and Post-Baccalaureate programs. We’ll feature student and faculty work and highlight the opportunities our students have to collaborate with faculty members on local, national, and international projects. We’ll discuss how our students take advantage of our multi-disciplinary studio access, the resources of our tier-one research university, and our partnership with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. We’ll also cover the application process and portfolio requirements, so bring your questions!

Register Here

Meet with a Graduate Admissions Counselor

We’re happy to arrange an in-person or virtual visit to answer your specific questions, review your artwork, or assist you with the application process. Register here to schedule a time that works for you.
 
Register Here 

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

Register Here

Graduate National Portfolio Day Events

The National Portfolio Day Association (NPDA) will host three in-person and two virtual graduate portfolio days 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. All events are free and open to the public. Meet with SMFA at Tufts faculty and Admissions staff at the following events:

October 8 Virtual National Portfolio Day 8pm-12am ET
October 23 Chicago National Portfolio Day 10am-2pm CT
October 30 San Francisco National Portfolio Day 10am-2pm PT
November 6 New York National Portfolio Day 11am-3pm ET
November 21 Virtual National Portfolio Day 1pm-5pm ET

To register, visit nationalportfolioday.org

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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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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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