How to Apply   

SMFA Application for Admission

Applications are now being accepted for Fall 2014!

The application process is different depending upon your degree program.

Undergraduate Application for Admissions, including the Studio Diploma
At SMFA, you'll shape your own artistic process. With the support of advisors and mentors, you create your own individual course of study. It's a unique and rewarding process that enables you to experiment across media and evolve your art practice as you advance. Not sure which program is best for you? Read more about SMFA Degrees and Studio Programs >>

Apply online for undergraduate programs. If you are paying your application fee by check, complete the paper application and mail to our Admissions Office at 230 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115. Read our Application Instructions.

*Note: Dual Degree applicants apply through SMFA and Tufts separately.

Applications for spring and fall 2014 are currently being accepted. 

BFA and Diploma spring 2014: 
November 1 (rolling decision thereafter) 
BFA and Diploma fall 2014: February 17 (rolling decision thereafter) 

MFA program fall 2014: February 1 (rolling decision thereafter on space-available basis)
Post-Bac fall 2014: March 15 (rolling decision thereafter)

Detailed program dates and deadlines are listed in our Admissions Deadlines document.

Graduate Application for Admissions, including Post-Bac Certificate
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 can graduate in two years with an MFA degree from Tufts. 

Apply online
for our MFA or Post-Bac Programs. If you are paying your application fee by check, complete the paper application and mail to our Admissions Office at 230 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115. Read the Application Instructions.

*Note: MAT applicants apply through Tufts. MAT Portfolio submission information

Important Application Links:

Admissions Deadlines
Application Instructions
(Undergraduate + Studio Diploma)
Application Instructions (MFA + Post-Bac)
Transfer Application Instructions

Submitting your Portfolio
You may choose one of the following three methods of submitting your electronic portfolio. Your portfolio must consist of 10–15 recent examples of your work (still imagery) and/or up to 10 minutes of time-based work. We have no specific requirements regarding content or media. Please show us pieces that represent your unique voice. *Note: Your application must be in process before you submit your portfolio.
  1. Submit a CD / DVD / USB (additional instructions below).
  2. Provide a URL with content clearly labeled as your SMFA portfolio. Type the URL in the space provided on the online application.
  3. Upload images to our online portfolio submission portal. Please follow directions provided once you register.

Making your Tuition Deposit Online
It's easy to make your tuition and/or housing deposit online! Just fill out the deposit form and then contact the Office of Admissions to verify your payment. Admissions may be reached at or by calling 617-369-3626.

SMFA Non-discrimination Policy

The admissions policy for The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, gender, sexual orientation, color, national or ethnic origin, marital status, religion, age, veteran status, or disability. The SMFA is a diverse community that welcomes all forms of student experience on an equal basis. Any application questions that are optional are used for summary reporting purposes related to compliance with the college's guidelines. These answers are not used as a basis for admission or in any discriminatory manner.