Fast Facts

Mission: The mission of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is to provide an education in the fine arts—for undergraduate and graduate artists—that is interdisciplinary and self-directed. This education values cultural, artistic and intellectual diversity; it embraces a wide range of media; it stresses the development of individual vision and its relation to culture in general; it values equally the knowledge gained by thinking and doing; it is deeply engaged with the world as a whole. If the mission is constant, its practice is always transforming.

Students: 301 undergraduate and Diploma, 149 graduate and post-baccalaureate comprise total matriculated enrollment of 450 students.

Student Demographics: International population: 37 states represented; 16 countries represented.

Faculty: Approximately 135 full-and part-time; SMFA faculty are working artists who frequently exhibit nationally and internationally.

Alumni:The School has a long heritage of training successful artists. Distinguished alumni include Ellsworth Kelly, Mike and Doug Starn, David Lynch, Edmund Tarbell, Richard Scarry, Cy Twombly, Nan Goldin, Jim Dine, Ellen Gallagher, Sheila Pepe, and Shellburne Thurber.

Recent alumni include Kristin Baker, Lalla Assia Essaydi, Matt Dilling, Omer Fast, Justin Faunce, Zach Feuer, Torben Giehler, Justin Lieberman, Neeta Madahar, Daniel Rich, and Cheyney Thompson.

Accreditation: The School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University is recognized by the Department of Education as an institution of higher education. SMFA is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, the United States Department of Justice for foreign students, and the Veterans Administration for training under Public Law 550 and Chapter 35, Title 38, United States Code. Tufts University is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).