Visit & Connect

We engage in a personalized admissions process that values meeting with prospective students to share our campus 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 yourselves here.

Undergraduate Open House

Check back for information on our next Open House.

Interested in learning about the Bachelor of Fine Arts or 5-Year Combined Degree BFA + BA/BS program?  

The SMFA 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 Fenway Campus, studying in diverse disciplines within the visual arts and working with faculty who are all practitioners in their field. Talk to our current students, tour our studio facilities, and learn more about how our interdisciplinary studio curriculum, paired with an academically rigorous liberal arts education, uniquely prepares students for an ever-evolving world after graduation.

Undergraduate Campus Visit & Portfolio Reviews

Campus Tour

During the academic year, tours are offered Monday-Friday at 12:30 PM. Tours typically last an hour, and include an information session, so please plan accordingly. During the summer, campus tours are offered most Wednesdays and Fridays at 12:30 PM. Check the schedule for full availability. 

If you are planning a visit for a group of 10 or more, contact our admissions office

Portfolio Review

Personal portfolio reviews, as well as a tour of the SMFA campus, are strongly encouraged. 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 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, a CD, or a 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 5-Year Combined Degree BFA+BA/BS programs.

Register for a tour or portfolio review.

Graduate Visit

Campus Tours

During the academic year, graduate tours are offered on an individual basis Monday-Friday at 12:30 PM. Tours typically last an hour, and include a tour of the Main building (230 The Fenway) and Mission Hill (160 St. Alphonsus St.) studios,
so please plan accordingly.

During the summer, campus tours are offered most Wednesdays at 12:30 PM. We also offer limited pre-scheduled graduate campus tours.

Check our calendar for campus tour availability and registration.

Portfolio Review

Personal portfolio reviews, as well as a tour of the SMFA campus, are strongly encouraged. 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 may be limited, and require advanced registration. 
 
Portfolio Reviews are available for prospective students who have a serious interest in the Masters of Fine Arts or Post Baccalaureate Programs.

Check our calendar to register for a portfolio review.

In your area

The National Portfolio Day Association sponsors undergraduate and graduate events across the nation—they are a great way for you to learn more about the SMFA at Tufts, meet with faculty and staff, and get feedback on your artwork.  

Learn more about 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 days in 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.

 

2017-18 Undergraduate Events Attended by SMFA Admissions

9/18
Boston, MA
Performing and Visual Arts College Fair
9/23-9/24
Seoul, Korea
Korea Portfolio Day
9/24
Atlanta, GA
National Portfolio Day
9/27
New York, NY
Performing and Visual Arts College Fair
9/30
Austin, TX
National Portfolio Day
10/1
Dallas, TX
National Portfolio Day
10/6
Boston, MA
SMFA at Tufts Open House
​​​​​​​10/8
Interlochen, MI
Performing and Visual Arts College Fair
10/14
Milwaukee, WI
National Portfolio Day
10/15
Chicago, IL
National Portfolio Day
10/21
Harford, CT
National Portfolio Day
10/21
Los Angeles, CA
National Portfolio Day
10/22
Boston, MA
National Portfolio Day
10/28
Richmond, VA
National Portfolio Day
11/4
Toronto, ON
National Portfolio Day
11/5
Philadelphia, PA
National Portfolio Day
11/5
Rochester, NY
National Portfolio Day
11/12
New York, NY
National Portfolio Day
11/18
Washington, DC
National Portfolio Day
11/19
Baltimore, MD
National Portfolio Day
1/13
San Diego, CA
National Portfolio Day
1/14
San Francisco, CA
National Portfolio Day
1/20              
Miami, FL
National Portfolio Day
1/21
Sarasota, FL
National Portfolio Day

2017-18 Graduate Events Attended by SMFA Admissions

10/22
San Francisco, CA
Graduate National Portfolio Day
10/29
New York, NY
Graduate National Portfolio Day
11/4
Chicago, IL
Graduate National Portfolio Day
11/18
Austin, TX
Graduate National Portfolio Day
12/1
Online Graduate
National Portfolio Day

Fenway Campus

SMFA at Tufts is located between the Museum of Fine Arts and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum – a perfect place to explore the richness of Boston’s art collections and to make connections with leading professionals in the art world. The campus overlooks the Emerald Necklace, a series of historic parks designed by Frederick Law Olmsted that run through Boston. The campus is a 5-minute walk to the Green Line on Boston's MBTA subway line, allowing easy access to everything the city has to offer. 

Boston was recently ranked as one of the Top-5 most creative cities by Forbes magazine. And with 56 museums in the city, that's not so surprising. In addition to the MFA and Isabella Stewart Gardner museums, you'll have access to the Institute of Contemporary Art; the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Arthur M. Sackler Museums at Harvard; and the List Visual Arts Center at MIT,. Moreover, Boston's SoWa district was ranked #2 on USA Today's 10 Best Art Districts in the country.  Newbury Street and Fort Point are active gallery and open studio areas, and Cambridge and Jamaica Plain – both easy bus rides away – are thriving and eclectic arts neighborhoods as well. 

Boston is also a city of colleges. During the school year, nearly 2 out of every 3 people in Boston are students. These students generate creative and innovative ideas that attract investors, businesses, and galleries looking for new voices and visions.  The connections you make here lead to opportunities for collaboration, exhibitions, and experiential education throughout the city.

Directions

The School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University is located on our Fenway campus:

230 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115


The entrance to the 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.

Public Transportation

SUBWAY:SMFA is most easily accessed by the Museum of Fine Arts stop on the Green Line E train or the Ruggles stop on the Orange Line. 

BUS: The #39 bus to the Museum of Fine Arts stop is the most direct bus. You may also take the #8, #47, or #CT2 buses to the Ruggles stop. For information about Boston's public transportation system, including fare information and schedules, visit  the MBTA website.

PARKING: Because our limited parking fills up quickly - especially during popular exhibitions, holidays, and school vacation weeks - we encourage you to take advantage of the MBTA, Boston's public transportation system (known by natives as the "T").

Museum Road Garage - Parking rates range from $10 to $29 depending on the length of your stay. Museum members receive a discount.

Please take your parking ticket with you; all parking facilities are automated. Payment for parking may be made in the garage lobby, or by credit or debit card at the exit lanes of the lots. Scan your membership card to receive the discounted rate.

Street Parking - Limited street parking can be found on Museum Road, The Fenway, and Evans Way. We recommend that you download the ParkBoston app to pay for metered parking with a credit card. This app allows you to track the time left on your meter and reminds you when your meter is about to expire.