The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

SMFA at Tufts is one of only two art schools in the United States affiliated with a major museum. It is located right next door to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world, with a collection encompassing nearly 450,000 works of art, including work from prominent SMFA alumni and faculty.

Contemporary artists often cite inspiration from old masters and ancient art, and as an SMFA student you have easy (and free) access to the Museum's collections and exhibitions, as well as the Morse Study Room where works on paper not currently on view can be examined up close.

In addition to invitations to concerts, films and special events, the SMFA community has access to the Museum's curatorial and conservation staff, and students have opportunities to intern or assist with installations. Internationally acclaimed artists visiting the MFA frequently make exclusive trips to the School to meet, lecture, and work with SMFA students and faculty.

Other Partners

SMFA at Tufts also works closely with a number of schools and organizations in the Boston area to ensure that students at the School have the opportunity to explore as many creative and academic options as possible. As part of Pro-Arts Consortium, our students are able to take a wide range of courses at any of the five other Consortium partner schools: Berklee College of Music, Boston Architectural College, The Boston Conservatory, Emerson or Mass College of Art & Design Art; and of course, as the sixth member of the Consortium, students from those schools may take SMFA classes as well.

Northeastern University's College of Art, Media and Design is another outstanding opportunity for SMFA students to take additional courses related to their creative pursuits. Through the exchange program, students from both schools may take advantage of the various resources at the two schools, such as Gaming, Graphic Design, Interactive Media and much more.

If you have questions regarding the School's partnerships or other collaborations, please contact the Office of Communications at