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Combined Degree (BFA and BA-BS), Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 60 months
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Graduates of the Combined Degree program receive two degrees within five years: a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Fine Arts. The Five-Year program offers preparation for a career in the arts and unparalleled advantages for the professional artist. Students must fulfill the foundation, distribution and concentration requirements of a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree in the School of Arts & Sciences, in addition to the SMFA at Tufts studio requirements. 

In addition to your BFA, you graduate with a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in a major of your choice.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date

    Portfolio Submission Deadlines:

    Early Decision I: November 1

    Early Decision II/ Regular Decision:  January 1

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 60 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Studio Art
  • Art History
  • English Writing
  • World Civilizations
  • Humanities

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 57324 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
  • National

    57324 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 57324 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
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Living costs for Boston

  • 1560 - 3240 USD/month
    Living Costs

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