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School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University

The School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University is where talented and curious students become artists with purpose. For generations, our graduates have worked across mediums, disciplines, and techniques to produce art that provokes thought and inspires change. It's a community fueled by big ideas, and the energy of those who seek to make them a reality. 


Founded in 1876 as part of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts was conceived as both a technical institute of drawing and painting and a school dedicated to exploring ideas by building visual literacy and expression. In 1945, SMFA began a partnership with Tufts University to offer joint degrees. 


The School of the Museum of Fine Arts offers BFA and Combined Degree (BFA+BA/BS) undergraduate programs, as well as graduate and non-degree programs, with areas of study that run the gamut from painting and sculpture to performance to virtual reality.


  • Our Career Center helps students explore career and professional development opportunities in the arts and tap into the vast resources of the Tufts Career Center. 
  • SMFA students enjoy robust support in exploring professional pathways. By using the resources of our Career Center, as well as taking advantage of internships, travel opportunities, and collaborations with our faculty, our students build professional networks and gain practical skills. In addition, there are a number of awards, grants, and fellowship opportunities available to our students and the Career Center team is available to help you with your applications.

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University Ranking

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Student services

  • SMFA Student Affairs - Student Affairs provides services, resources, and support systems to strengthen student life and build community, both on the SMFA campus and on the Medford/Somerville campus. 
  • TCU Senate is the main governing body for Tufts undergraduate students.
  • SMFA Student Government Association

Housing services

  • Tufts housing on Beacon Street in the coveted neighborhood of Brookline, near our SMFA campus: 1023 Beacon ,1025 Beacon ,1047 Beacon

Outside campus:

  • Bush Hall
  • Carmichael Hall
  • Carpenter House
  • Hill Hall
  • Hodgdon Hall
  • Houston Hall
  • Metcalf Hall
  • Miller Hall
  • Richardson House
  • Tilton Hall
  • Wilson House

Library services

The W. Van Alan Clark, Jr. Library at SMFA is the fine arts branch of Tufts University's Tisch Library. Focusing on contemporary art and studio practice, our collections encompass exhibition catalogs, monographs, theoretical and art historical texts, technical manuals, periodicals, media, artists' books, zines, and more. 

Medical services

Tufts has a diverse team of healthcare professionals who are providing care to all students. We Assist With:

  • Health Concerns including Routine Care, Same-Day Concerns, and Immunizations
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health including STI Testing, Emergency Contraception, LBGQ Care and Trans Health
  • Administrative Support including Lab Testing, Translation Services, and Physician Referrals

Campus life

Students at SMFA at Tufts divide their time between two campuses: the Boston SMFA campus in the Fenway neighborhood and the Medford/Somerville campus.

  • The Boston SMFA campus is home to the School of the Museum of Fine Arts studios, classrooms, and workshops. In addition to being right next door to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, our neighborhood is also home to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. 
  • SMFA at Tufts students also have full access to our Medford/Somerville campus, including the wide array of academic, community, and resource offerings.

Sports facilities

  • Northeastern University's Marino Center
  • Huntington YMCA
  • Boston Sports Club
  • Bodyscapes Fitness

Student clubs

  • Alpha Omicron Pi
  • Alpha Phi
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Delta Upsilon
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Kappa Alpha Theta

Brookline, Massachusetts, United States

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