Certificate Programs

Studio Diploma Program
An art program for the aspiring artist.

SMFA's Studio Diploma program offers you the rare opportunity to pursue your creative vision your way, on your time.

Students receive an immersive, innovative learning experience that's entirely studio art focused—there are no academic course requirements. Students in the program are able to create a manageable schedule that fits their lifestyle, through day, evening, weekend and summer courses. The Studio Diploma program offers a full-time, five-semester track to completion or a part-time track, depending on the needs of each student's schedule.

The Studio Diploma program reflects SMFA's longstanding commitment to the tradition of studio practice as the core of an artist's experience, combined with a wide range of 21st-century skills and an interdisciplinary approach.

The Studio Diploma program provides solid cohort building, professional artists mentors and an artist seminar, available for all students whether full or part-time. Students in the program learn how to prepare for life outside of school, through a curriculum that teaches them not only how to navigate the professional art world, but also how to manage the business aspects of an independent art practice.

Gainful Employment
Summary of Consumer Information for Students for 3 year program
Summary of Consumer Information for Students for 4 year program


Questions?
If you have questions about whether the Studio Diploma program is right for you, please contact the Continuing Education Department at studentservices@tufts.edu or 617-627-2000. Thank you.

Graphic Design & Illustration Certificate Programs

SMFA's certificate programs in graphic design and illustration provide credentials that represent proficiency and skill, leading toward a career in either graphic design or illustration. With the guidance of an advisor, you will construct a highly personalized path of study to achieve your artistic and creative potential.

Certificate programs are intended for students with limited formal training in art and design, as well as for those with a fine arts background or experience in their field. Consisting of five required and five elective courses, each program may be completed in two years of part-time study or one year of full-time study.

Fundamental courses in design and illustration enable you to begin building your portfolio and to develop new creative skills. The flexible, multi-disciplinary education offered at SMFA allows you to select electives from the wide range of studio courses offered each term. There is no deadline to apply to the certificate programs and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

 


Graphic Design Program of Study
The certificate program in Graphic Design provides you with the practical and theoretical skills of a design professional. Throughout the program, you will work alongside a team of faculty with extensive teaching experience and recognition in their field.

Required Courses
Fundamentals of 2-D Design
Beginning Graphic Design
Introduction to Typography
Intermediate Graphic Design
Visualizing Information

Suggested Elective Courses
Color Theory for Artists, Designers and the Color Curious
Digital Photography I
Book Cover Illustration & Design
Graphic Novel
Illustrator as Designer
Design Generation with Photoshop and Illustrator
Foundations in Interactive Design
Introduction to Adobe Illustrator
Image Animation
Introduction to Web Design
Screenprinting: The Whole Story


Illustration Program of Study
The certificate program in Illustration provides you with a solid foundation in the basic practical and theoretical skills of illustration. You may choose to focus on a particular aspect of illustration—commercial illustration, computer illustration, animation, book illustration—or you may acquire general skills to be used in a wide variety of activities within the field.

Required Courses
Illustration: An Introduction
Fundamentals of 2-D Design
Drawing for Illustrators and Narrative Realists
Illustrator as Designer
Intermediate Illustration

Suggested Elective Courses
Anatomy: Skeleton
Color Theory for Artists, Designers, and the Color Curious
Digital Photography I
Illustrating Children's Books: Beginning to Intermediate
Graphic Novel
Introduction to Adobe Illustrator
Introduction to Typography
Visualizing Information
Lithography: Nuts and Bolts
Painting From the Ground Up
Book Cover Illustration & Design
Realist Painting
Screenprinting: The Whole Story


Apply + FAQ

How do I apply to a Graphic Design/Illustration Certificate Program?

Applicants apply to either the Graphic Design or Illustration Program by completing an application. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and there is no deadline to apply. Completed applications may be either mailed or delivered in person to the Office of Continuing Education. The application fee for a Certificate Program is $25.

How do I register for courses once enrolled in a Graphic Design/Illustration Certificate Program?

Registration for certificate courses may be done in person and there is a registration fee of $50 per semester. To see available courses, please view our CE Spring 2017 courses.

What courses must I take to complete a Graphic Design/Illustration Certificate?

Each program consists of ten courses: five required courses and five elective courses. A variety of these courses are offered in the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

How long will it take me to complete a Graphic Design/Illustration Certificate Program?

Students usually complete the program in one and a half to two years by taking one to two courses per semester. We also offer an option to complete the program in one year with full-time study.

What is the total tuition fee to complete a Graphic Design/Illustration Certificate?

Based on current per course tuition rates, enrollment and registration fees, we estimate the Certificate program requires approximately $9,750 to complete, including all ten courses, registration and application fees.


Questions?
If you have questions about whether the Graphic Design/Illustration Certificate program is right for you, please contact the Continuing Education Department at studentservices@tufts.edu and 617-627-2000. Thank you.

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