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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, our students, and our faculty. We’re happy to share stories, artwork, and advice.

Contact

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

smfaadmissions@tufts.edu

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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. All visitors are required to show proof of vaccination upon arrival and to wear masks indoors.

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.
  • Prior to Arrival on Campus: 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. 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 to receive valuable guidance on portfolio preparation and ask the questions that will help you envision how you and your artwork will fit in 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. 
 

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 SMFA at Tufts,” our introduction to all things SMFA 
  • Mock classes with SMFA faculty 
  • Workshops on portfolio and application preparation 

View Fall for Tufts Schedule

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.  

Graduate Programs

Graduate Campus Visit

During your Graduate one-on-one Campus Visit, an SMFA at Tufts Graduate Admissions Counselor will introduce you to SMFA through stories and images of our campus graduate community as well as a tour of our specialized art facilities and personal studio spaces. The tour consists of an hour long visit which will include both the Fenway and Mission Hill buildings.  We require all individuals, whether vaccinated or not, to continue to wear masks indoors. 

All visitors are required to show proof of vaccination upon arrival and to wear masks indoors.

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.
  • Prior to Arrival on Campus: 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. Face coverings must be worn indoors at all times. 

Click “Register Here” below to select the date of your visit to the SMFA Fenway/ Mission Hill 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. 

Register Here

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. 

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.  

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 10 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.  
 

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.

Register Here 
 

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.
 
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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 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

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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