Session 1: July 9 – 20, 2018
(optional third week, July 23-27)
Session 2: July 30 – August 10, 2018
(optional third week, August 13-17)
Application Deadline: May 21
Learn from a faculty of professional artists and educators who will encourage you to push limits and engage with new art mediums. Renowned visiting artists will present their work and visit your studio space to give advice on your artistic path.
Spend time with well-known artists who will present their work and give you advice on your artistic path
Take field trips to the world famous Museum of Fine Arts, Boston which is across the street – in addition to The Institute of Contemporary Art, The Isabella Stewart Gardner, The Harvard Art Museums
Prepare for college admissions by building your portfolio in our studios
Access our studios in print and paper-making, woodworking, digital animation, and the advanced production lab (optional third week only)
Curate your own art exhibit at the conclusion of the program (optional third week only)
Make lifelong friends who share your passion for art
You will get one-on-one mentoring throughout the week to help further cultivate your artistic vision. You will be matched with a faculty or graduate student mentor who, during regular meetings, will help you develop your portfolio and discuss your work.
Whether or not you are interested in applying to art school, you will gain the early professional skills necessary to document and present your work. You can attend a college application workshop and get one-on-one portfolio reviews by our admissions staff.
Faculty and Visiting Artists
Learn from a faculty of professional artists and educators who will encourage you to push limits by engaging in new art mediums. Renowned visiting artists will present their work and visit you in your studio space to give advice on your artistic path.
SMFA is located across the street from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. As a student in Pre-College you will have access to the museum in your classes and for other field trips. The MFA has incredible resources to discover and inspire you in the fine, decorative, and performance arts.
As part of the Pre-College program you will have an assigned studio space that will be your work area during the open studio periods. Mentors and faculty will visit you here to check in on your progress and process.
Studio (Third Week Only)
The optional third week represents a time to expand into other media. You can drop one or two of your foundation classes and pick up different studio classes such as digital animation, performance, printmaking, papermaking welding, or woodshop, while you continue to work on your portfolio.
Art Show Curation (Third Week Only)
One of the highlights of the third week is the student-organized final exhibition. With the help of our professional curatorial staff, you will curate, market, and install the final exhibition. This experience will teach you firsthand what goes in to producing an exhibition, from understanding the size of the space, to lighting, exhibition flow, and how to hang and install work.
Refine your art practice while developing new technical skills
Build your college admissions portfolio
Grow a foundational understanding of the interdisciplinary approach to art
Curriculum & Schedule
Each session starts with a two-week program that digs into the foundations of the interdisciplinary approach to art embodied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. This two-week program is organized into 4 blocks each day from Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm. During these blocks, students will work on foundational skills, learn to put art in context, and have the opportunity to work on a portfolio of their own
Students have the option of signing-up for a distinctive and exciting third week focused on preparing serious artists who want to continue to build their portfolio, learn to write an artist statement, participate in a critique, curate an exhibit for friends and family, and work on a new skill in a new medium. This third week is truly differentiating among opportunities open to high school students in that they will have access to studios normally closed to non-majors.
Weeks 1-2 Schedule
Optional Week 3 Schedule
Foundations: Artists need solid foundations in various art disciplines in order to explore new ideas and concepts. Our two-week program offers three foundations classes:
Drawing, Painting, and Design
Sculpture and Installation
Students attending our optional third week will have the opportunity to stay with their foundation classes from weeks one and two, or choose from the following options of studio-style classes:
Art in Context:Hear ideas from contemporary thinkers about art, the business of art, the history of art, and the controversies and challenges of public art. Open Studio: On Thursdays, you will have the opportunity to work with a mentor as you build your portfolio and develop your artist’s statement. Art Show Curation (third week only): Learn to curate, market, and set-up an art show as you put together a final exhibition for family and friends. and invite your friends and family to see the results.
Check-in and Orientation
Check-in and orientation will begin at 8:30am on the first day of each session. The orientation program will include:
Welcome from Program Director
Introductions of Faculty and Staff
Building information and safety
Reminders about class schedule, logistical information
Group assignments and introductions
Lunch will be provided from Monday – Friday for each week that the student is enrolled in the program. We will be collecting information about allergies and other health issues as a part of the application and enrollment process.
Students will have full access to Tufts university’s facilities on the Medford campus including the libraries, computer lab and student center. Students will also have full access to Tufts’ Steve Tisch Sports and Fitness center, featuring racquet courts, a swimming pool and cardio and weight-training equipment. The Medford Campus is accessible via subway (T) or ride share service. The SMFA is located a block away from the Green Line E train T stop "Museum of Fine Arts", and from bus stops that run along Huntington Avenue.
Health & Wellness
Tufts works hard to ensure the health and well-being of all of its students. Once accepted to the program Tufts will ask all students to submit information related to their health and collecting details regarding allergies, accessibility concerns and otherwise.
Tufts also has robust procedures in-place for students with primary care needs, acute or emergency illnesses or injuries and mental health / counseling needs. Our procedures combine on-campus and hospital-based care depending on the nature and severity of the issue. A student’s emergency contact will be notified, if one is provided, in the event of an issue. For counseling and mental health needs, SMFA students have access to Harvard Vanguard’s Behavioral Health practice. SMFA cannot guarantee that Harvard Vanguard will be able to see visiting students or minors on a limited term basis. To understand options, you may contact Harvard Vanguard directly. Please see our Health & Wellness Services page for additional information.
In any type of health & wellness emergency, students should immediately contact Tufts University Police at (617) 627-6911.
Please note: medical fees of any kind will be billed to the student and are not included in program fees.
Tufts campus is considered very safe amongst U.S. college campuses. The Boston Fenway campus is located in Boston and the Medford / Somerville campus is located just five miles outside Boston, students will need to take normal precautions of people living near a large city but crime on campus is unusual. Tufts University maintains its own police department and Tufts Emergency Medical Services provides medical aid to the university community 24 hours a day.
Tufts campus is equipped with an emergency blue light system and dormitories require a fob for entry and a key for access to bathrooms and bedrooms.
Stephen St. Francis Decky – Digital Media Instructor and mentor
Stephen St. Francis Decky is a multimedia artist whose work has appeared in galleries, festivals, and collections nationally and internationally, including The New Britain Museum of American Art and The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Film and Video Arts at Lycoming University in Philadelphia and previously taught at the SMFA at Tufts, and has worked as a consultant for multi-channel video installations in New York City, Boston, and Montana. He received his MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University. View website
Garett Yahn – Sculpture and 3D instructor and mentor
Garett Yahn is a visual artist working in Boston whose areas of specialization include drawing, printmaking, sculpture, and performance art. He is a lecturer at Tufts University and at Wentworth Institute of Technology, where he has taught subjects including artists’ books, industrial design, sculpture and design history. He has exhibited his artwork nationally and internationally, and received his MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University. View website
Ashley Wood – Summer mentor and Program Coordinator
Ashley Wood is an artist and educator who has worked as a visual arts instructor, art education advocate, and arts program coordinator. As a writer and photographer, she is interested in making work that addresses the inadequacy of words and images to tangibly represent feelings, people, and places. Ashley earned her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Art, Boston and Tufts University, and currently works full-time as a high school visual arts and humanities teacher at the Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School in Devens, MA.
Michael MacMahon – Drawing and Painting instructor and mentor
Michael MacMahon received his MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University and is now a member of the painting faculty at Tufts University and the SMFA. His art challenges the viewer to find balance between orientation and disorientation; navigation is central to the work as spaces and places exist at once as tangible and intangible. He has shown his work nationally and internationally, and has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards including the Dana Pond Award for Painting. View website
The deadline for applications is now May 21, 2018
More information on how to apply can be found here.
Eligible Students: Entering grades 10-12 Credit: Not available Housing: Not available Program Fee: $3,200 (Wk 1+2) / $1,600 (Wk 3) Financial Aid: Available, click to learn more Application Requirements (core): Art courses taken, your goal in attending, course preferences. Optional: portfolio Program fee includes: Tuition, materials fees, use of select campus facilities, excursions and daily activities as a part of the specific course in which you enrolled.