The MFA in Studio Art program, offered through the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts, emphasizes intensive studio practice, creative collaboration, formal and informal mentorships, and rigorous academic discourse through an interdisciplinary studio art curriculum. During this two-year program, you'll join a vibrant and supportive community committed to making art that shapes our global society and collective future. Graduate studio courses are taught on the SMFA Fenway Campus in the Mission Hill Studio Building and Tufts' Medford Campus.
As an MFA student, you'll develop your studio practice with the support of faculty and fellow students with deep engagements and expertise across disciplines and mediums. You'll work closely with faculty and staff to develop a personalized studio curriculum, and will have access to resources across Tufts. MFA students take part in seminars that explore a variety of subjects within contemporary art, and critiques and Review Boards serve as a crucial driving force in the growth and transformation of your practice.
Our faculty are successful working artists and seasoned educators with broad professional networks and a commitment to supporting emerging artists. Through their teaching and mentorship, you will be guided in the development of your own unique artistic practices. Through the MFA program, you'll advance your presentation, research, and art-making skills, and position yourself for a long and productive independent art practice.
You may choose to apply to the Master of Fine Arts program with an optional concentration in Museum Studies. With this option, the Museum Studies certificate program's five courses (two required, three electives) will count toward a student's non-studio course requirements for the MFA program.
In addition to the general application requirements, the program requires the following supplemental information:
Applications received after the priority deadline will be reviewed on a space-available basis.
You must submit a 400-word personal statement explaining your experience with and/or interest in museum work, as well as what you hope to gain from the program. This document should be uploaded in addition to the MFA personal statement, within the graduate application.
Please note: acceptance or rejection from the Museum Studies Program does not affect your acceptance into the MFA Program.
See Tuition and Financial Aid information for GSAS Programs. Note: This program is eligible for federal loans and Tufts tuition scholarships.
*Sources: GSAS-SOE Graduate Exit Survey 2020 - 2021 and Academic Analytics (Alumni Insights)