How to Apply

The application process is different depending upon your degree program, please select from the above tabs to learn more.

Admissions Deadlines

Spring 2015 Deadlines BFA and Studio Diploma Program
November 1, 2014: Both programs
Rolling admission, space available basis after November 1, 2014

Fall 2015 Deadlines BFA, Combined Degree, and Studio Diploma Program
Combined Degree: January 1, 2015
*This is a Tufts and SMFA 5-year program. Please note that you must apply and be admitted to both institutions.
Scholarship Competition Deadline: February 15, 2015
Regular Admission for BFA and Studio Diploma Program: February 15, 2015
Rolling admission, space available basis, after February 15, 2015

Fall 2015 Deadlines MFA and Post-baccalaureate Certificate
MFA: February  1, 2015
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate: March 15, 2015
Rolling admission, space available basis, after both deadlines

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.

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 »

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Application Instructions

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.

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

MFA + Post-Baccalaureate

Both rigorous and highly selective, the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program will prepare you for a career as a professional artist. 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.

The one-year Post-Baccalaureate Certificate offers an intensive year of studio art study and practice, closely advised and supported by SMFA faculty. The program is ideal for students who have completed a bachelor's degree and want to immerse themselves in intensive studio artmaking. Whether you have recently graduated or are changing careers, the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate provides excellent preparation for graduate degree study in art or for professional practice as an artist.


MFA (fall 2014): February 1 priority deadline, rolling decision afterward
Post-Baccalaureate (fall 2014): March 15 priority deadline, rolling decision afterward

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Application Instructions + Information

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.

Master of Arts in Teaching, Art Education

MAT applicants apply through Tufts.

MAT Portfolio submission information

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. SlideRoom charges a $10 fee.


Preparing Your Electronic Portfolio (still imagery) on CD / DVD / USB

  • All images must be submitted as individual JPEG files or in a non-timed PowerPoint.
  • All JPEG file names must list your last name, first name, and then a two-digit number that corresponds with your portfolio inventory list (for example: SmithJohn01.jpg).
  • Each image file must be no larger than 2MB and in cross-platform format (both Mac and PC compatible).
  • Test your disc or USB before sending and include only those files that you wish to be reviewed.


Preparing Your Electronic Time-Based Portfolio (video, film, animation, performance, and installation work) on DVD / USB

  • We accept work that is finalized in QuickTime (preferred), MPEG, or Flash files and in cross-platform format (both Mac and PC compatible).
  • Titles of the piece(s) and your name must be included in the introduction of your work on the DVD.
  • Include a brief description of the work, what part you took in it, and when it was created in your portfolio inventory list.
  • If a piece is a collaborative work, briefly explain your contribution in your portfolio inventory list.
  • Limit time-based presentations to no longer than 10 minutes.


CDs, DVDs, and USBs may be mailed to:

Admissions Office
230 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115

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.