Graduate Students

Recently ranked one of the top 10 most influential Master of Fine Arts programs in the world, the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) is both rigorous and highly selective as it prepares you for a career as a professional artist. 

The curriculum integrates practical and critical skills across diverse media and disciplines; you'll hone your practice through individual innovation, creative collaborations, informal mentorships and academic discourse. MFA students graduate in two years with a Master of Fine Arts degree.

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate is a one-year program that offers intensive studio art study and practice, closely advised and supported by SMFA faculty. The program is ideal for students who have completed a bachelor's degree and want to immerse themselves in rigorous studio art-making. Whether you have recently graduated or are changing careers, the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate also provides excellent preparation for graduate study in art or for professional practice as an artist.

Application

Students may apply for fall enrollment. A full list of the application requirements for Master of Fine Arts and Studio Art Post-baccalaureate students are available on the Tufts Graduate site, but students should be aware of specific requirements for these programs. 

  • The application deadline for the MFA program is January 15th; admission is available on a space available basis after the deadline. The application deadline for the Studio Art Post-bac program is June 1st for international applicants, and August 1st for domestic applicants. 

  • Applicants to both the MFA and Studio Art Post-bac programs are required to submit a portfolio consisting of 10-20 images and/or up to 10 minutes of time-based work that demonstrates their artistic maturity and readiness for the program to which they have applied. More information on the portfolio requirement is below.

  • All applicants must hold an undergraduate degree, such as a BA or BFA, from an accredited institution of higher education.

  • All applicants are expected to be engaged in an art practice or have had some art training, general education advancement, and/or professional experience.

  • MFA applicants must have completed a minimum of four one-semester undergraduate level art history courses. Please note, if you enter with fewer than four undergraduate art history courses, you must make up these deficiencies during your MFA studies, in addition to the graduate requirements.

  • MFA applicants may select to apply to the MFA with an optional concentration in Museum Studies; this program allow students to complete both the MFA and Museum Studies certificate program concurrently. More information on the Museum Studies program option is available on the Tufts Graduate site

Portfolio

All applications to the MFA and Studio Art Post-bacc programs are required to submit a visual art portfolio. At SMFA, the development of ideational and technical skills requires that students explore by working across media—addressing issues in contemporary art, art history, and the liberal arts.

The ideal portfolio will demonstrate your strengths and interests as well as your current skills and experiences. We encourage you to submit work that you believe to be the strongest representation of your skills and experiences to date, regardless of media. 

Submit 10-20 images of recent work and/or up to 10 minutes of time-based work.

Allowed Media Types
  • Images (up to 10MB each)
  • Video (up to 500MB each)
  • Audio (up to 60MB each)
  • PDFs (up to 20MB each)
  • 3D Models
  • External media from YouTube, Vimeo, and SoundCloud
How to submit

All portfolios must be submitted through SlideRoom. Like the online application, you will need to create a user account through the Tufts SlideRoom portal. Note: there is a $12 charge to submit your portfolio through SlideRoom. 

Portfolio Deadlines

MFA applicants: January 15th; 
International Post-bacc applicants:  June 1st 
Domestic Post-bacc applicants: August 1st 

Personal Statement

The personal statement provides us with a deeper understanding of your studio practice and potential for growth within SMFA at Tufts programs.

The statement should not exceed three pages and should address the following questions:

  • What lies behind your current work and what drives your process?

  • How do you see your work and your practice in the context of contemporary art?

  • In what ways do you hope to expand and further your art practice at the SMFA at Tufts?

Important Dates

January 15th

Master of Fine Arts Application and Portfolio Deadline. Admission is available on a space available basis after the deadline.

June 1st

Studio Art Post-Baccalaureate Application and Portfolio Deadline for (International students). 

August 1st

Studio Art Post-Baccalaureate Application and Portfolio Deadline (Domestic Students).

Note: Applications received after these dates will be reviewed on a space available basis. 

2017-2018 Tuition & Financial Aid

For Master of Fine Arts students, tuition is $45,008.
For Studio Art Post-baccalaureate students, tuition is $3,992 per credit. 

We offer generous merit-based scholarships for high achieving applicants. Other scholarships, grants (including the Montague Travel Grant), and Teaching Assistantships are available for enrolled students. In addition, graduates of the MFA program are eligible for our Post-Graduate Teaching Fellowship and graduates of all SMFA at Tufts programs are eligible for the Traveling Fellowship, which supports the exploration and research that are critical in an artist’s career.

Additional information regarding tuition & fees and financial aid for graduate study is available on the Tufts Graduate site.

Contact

SMFA at Tufts Admissions Office 
230 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115
617-627-0077
smfaadmissions@tufts.edu


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