Master of Fine Arts Program
Mary Ellen Strom, Director, Master of Fine Arts Program (
Lisa Bynoe, Associate Dean of Graduate Programs (
Jackie Williams, Administrative Assistant, MFA Graduate Programs (

Recently ranked one of the
top 10 most influential Master of Fine Arts programs in the world, the SMFA Master of Fine Arts (MFA) is both rigorous and highly selective as it prepares 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 graduate in two years with an MFA degree from Tufts.

Key aspects of the program include:

  • A varied curriculum that integrates practical and critical skills across diverse media and disciplines.
  • Professional development including a Contemporary Art Seminar (CAP), graduate group critiques, individual meetings with graduate advisors and the support of Career Services.
  • Teaching opportunities and the ability to apply for outside exhibitions and grants, including SMFA Travel Grants.
  • Colloquia that explore timely ideas in the visual arts and art theory. The spring colloquium, "What Is To Be Done (After Graduation)?," will explore the current state of the art world, with particular attention paid to the dominance of the art market, and to questions of ethics, politics, and responsibility.
  • Distinguished visiting faculty and guest artists.
In this program you will complete 60 credits, including studio, four graduate seminars and two art history and two academic electives at the upper or graduate level at Tufts University. You'll have your own semi-private studio space and access to the School's faculty and equipment. The final thesis exhibition is held at Tufts University. 

Graduate studio courses are taught at SMFA's Mission Hill Building,
160 St. Alphonsus Street, about a five minute walk from the main campus.

Graduate Advisors, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 2014-15
Gerry Bergstein, Painting
Fritz Buehner, Sculpture
Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Painting
Abigail Child, Film
Mark Cooper, Ceramics
Bonnie Donohue, Photography
Joel Frenzer, Animation
Barbara Gallucci, Sculpture
Jane Gillooly, Film
Nate Harrison, Sound
Patte Loper, Painting
Megan McMillan, Sculpture
Ethan Murrow, Painting
Jennifer Schmidt, Print
John Schulz, Print and Paper
Jeannie Simms, Photography
Carol Stakenas, Curatorial
Mary Ellen Strom, Video