Master of Fine Arts

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Master of Fine Arts

Both rigorous and highly selective, the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program will prepare you for a career as a professional artist. Artistic innovation and creativity are fundamental qualities that are highly transferable to wider areas of society. 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 are enrolled at both SMFA and Tufts University and graduate in two years with an MFA degree from Tufts.

Key aspects of the program include:

  • A varied curriculum that integrates practical and critical skills across diverse media and disciplines.
  • Professional development including a Contemporary Art Seminar (CAP), graduate group critiques, individual meetings with graduate advisors and the support of Career Services.
  • Teaching opportunities and the ability to apply for outside exhibitions and grants, including SMFA Travel Grants.
  • Colloquia that explore timely ideas in the visual arts and art theory. The fall colloquium on November 26, 2012, "No Dust in the Digital Archive?" explored the production and use of contemporary digital archives which problematize notions of copyright, accessibility, and permanency, yet offer a new form to connect with our past.
  • Distinguished visiting faculty and guest artists.

In this program, you will complete 60 credits, including studio, four graduate seminars and two art history and two academic electives at the upper or graduate level at Tufts University. You'll have your own semi-private studio space and access to the School's faculty and equipment. The final thesis exhibition is held at Tufts University.

Last updated Jan 2018

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The School of the Museum of FineArts was designed by artists, for artists. It puts you, the artist, at the center. You will be encouraged here. You will be pushed. To take risks. To work in a medium y ... Read More

The School of the Museum of FineArts was designed by artists, for artists. It puts you, the artist, at the center. You will be encouraged here. You will be pushed. To take risks. To work in a medium you've never tried before. But you won't be told what to do. You will work with the faculty to develop your own voice, your own point of view; which is why our students, our graduates, go on to define new directions in the arts. Many are pioneers in their field. Others create entirely new fields. The education you receive here will prepare you for a world that is constantly changing and constantly placing very high demands on its participants. Read less