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As a first-year student in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program, the Fenway campus will be your home base for your coursework in studio and the liberal arts. 

We believe that academic immersion on one campus for the first year allows you to focus on your studies, orient yourself to the studio and academic curricula that are core to your BFA experience, and adjust to life in college. Although you will be based on the Fenway campus for your coursework and residential life, you will be encouraged to engage in the wealth of extra-curricular activities and services afforded to all Tufts undergraduate students on the Medford campus.

In your first semester, you will typically take 2 credits of studio coursework: Introduction to Visual and Critical Studies and English 1.  In the second semester, you will take 3 credits of studio coursework and English 2. 

When choosing your first-year studio coursework, you are encouraged to focus on exploration and experimentation. First-year students are encouraged to select courses in mediums and techniques they have not previously had access to.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date

    Early Decision I : November 1

    Early Decision II:/ Regular Decision: January 1

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Animation
  • Bookmaking
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing
  • Digital Media

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • Completed Application

  • Letters of Recommendation. In addition to your guidance counselor recommendation, BFA applicants must also submit a recommendation from an art teacher. 

  • Extracurricular Activities. In addition to any other extracurricular involvement, SMFA at Tufts seeks students who are engaged in art-making.  

  • Application fee or waiver.

  • High School Transcript including Senior Grades.

  • Either SAT or ACT scores. We do not require SAT Subject Tests, the SAT Essay, or the writing section of the ACT. 

  • Visual art portfolio. You must submit 15-20 images and/or up to 10 minutes of time-based work. More information on the portfolio requirement below. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    57324 USD/year
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    57324 USD/year
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Living costs for Boston

  • 1560 - 3240 USD/month
    Living Costs

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