Continuing Education Policies

Credit, Grades and Hours of Instruction

The courses we offer for credit provide two SMFA credits (Tufts credit equivalency: 0.5). Grading is on a pass/fail basis. If you require a letter grade in order to transfer credit to another institution, or for professional development purposes, please submit a request for a letter grade before the 3rd class meeting to Credit and grades cannot be received for courses taken as non-credit or for workshops and intensives. 


Tuition is $975 per course.  

This rate applies to students in the Graphic Design or Illustration Certificate programs.

Students who are enrolled in an undergraduate program at an outside university, or who intend to enroll in one, may choose to take a course at the undergraduate credit level. Tuition for this credit level is $1450. We recommend that students consult their university’s transfer of credit policies before registering for a course for college credit. 

Intensives & Workshops have tuition rates based on the number of hours of instruction. See the description and details for an individual intensive or workshop. 

Professional Development Points

Teachers who successfully complete courses are eligible to receive Professional Development Points (PDPs). Up to 45 PDPs can be earned by taking a course.

Discount Offers

SMFA and Tufts Alumni Discount: SMFA alumni and Tufts University alumni are eligible to receive a tuition discount. Alumni must have received a diploma, certificate or degree from SMFA or a degree from Tufts.

SMFA CE also offers selected discounts to Mission Hill community members. Please contact for details.

Withdrawals and Refunds

Should a course or workshop be canceled, students are eligible for a full refund. 

For courses: Students who wish to withdraw must submit a drop form by email to before the second class meeting in order to receive a full refund.

For workshops: Students who drop a workshop by emailing before the first day of the workshop will receive a full refund. There is no refund once the workshop has started.

Course Cancellations and Changes

The SMFA reserves the right to cancel a course or workshop.. If a suitable substitute course or workshop cannot be found, the SMFA will refund all tuition and fees for the canceled course or workshop. The SMFA also reserves the right to make changes in course scheduling, faculty and course content.

Supply Lists

Some instructors will make supply lists available online before the start of the course for students to gather materials beforehand. For those courses that do not publish supply lists in advance, instructors will discuss materials in the first class meeting.

The school Art Store is located in the building at 230 Fenway. Please check the school store webpage for its hours


Students can request an official transcript from the Tufts Registrar’s Office at this link:


Tufts University is recognized by the Department of Education as an institution of higher education. The School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University 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 the Chapter 35, Title 38, United States Code.

Licensing Rights

The SMFA Communications/Marketing Office reserves the right to photograph students and their artwork on campus for the purpose of promoting the School and its programs.

Accessibility and Accommodation

SMFA at Tufts strives to create an accessible environment for students with disabilities. The Student Accessibility Services office works with students to determine needs and create equal access through the provision and creation of reasonable individualized accommodations for all qualified students. To request accommodation for academic, sensory, or medical needs or those pertaining to any other disability, or if you have questions about physical access, please contact More information can be found at Student Accessibility Services.

Non-Discrimination Policy

SMFA at Tufts does not discriminate in its educational programs on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religion or religious creed, disability or handicap, sex or gender (including pregnancy, sexual harassment and other sexual misconduct including acts of sexual violence such as rape, sexual assault, sexual exploitation and coercion), gender identity and/or expression (including a transgender identity), sexual orientation, military or veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law. The SMFA at Tufts will comply with state and federal laws such as M.G.L. c. 151B, Title IX, Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and other similar laws that prohibit discrimination. More information can be found at the Office of Equal Opportunity.

Access to Facilities

During the fall and spring semesters, the Museum School is open to  CE students:

Monday through Friday: 6 pm–10:30 pm
Saturdays and Sundays: 8 am–10:30 pm

During the summer session, the Museum School is open to CE students:
Monday through Thursday: 7 am–10:30 pm
Friday: 7 am–7 pm

Hours in areas that require monitors (photography darkroom, printmaking studio, metals, etc.) may differ and will be posted. It is the responsibility of students to adhere to the School's verbal and/or written health and safety instructions and guidelines while on campus.

ID Cards

Students taking a semester-length course can receive a Tufts University student ID. Please contact for instructions on obtaining your student ID. A student ID or a government-issued ID are needed to access the building at all times.

SMFA and MFA Libraries

Continuing Education students have access to SMFA's W. Van Alan Clark Jr. Library and the MFA’s William Morris Hunt Memorial Library at Horticultural Hall. The two libraries have combined holdings that total more than 320,000 items. The library holdings reflect the strengths of the MFA collections in Art of Asia, Oceania, and Africa; Art of the Americas; Art of the Ancient World; Art of Europe; Musical Instruments; Prints, Drawings and Photographs; and Textile and Fashion Arts, as well as the SMFA library collections emphasizing post-1960 art, DVD film and animation and theoretical texts.


SMFA welcomes visitors to the campus throughout the year and provide tours for those interested in the Studio Diploma program, undergraduate or graduate programs. Please visit the admission office or call 617-627-3170 to schedule a tour.

Continuing Education Advising

SMFA's CE advisors can help you choose a course that is right for you, plan a path study based on your strengths and interests and guide you in building a portfolio. Please call 617-627-0057 or email for more information.

Health and Safety

It is the responsibility of all students, when they are on School property, to adhere to the School's verbal or written health and safety instructions and guidelines:

Smoke-Free School Policy

The Museum School is a smoke-free environment.

Inclement Weather Closing

Call 617-627-4636. If daytime classes are canceled, evening classes are also canceled.


There are lockers available for students to sign up and use during the semester. Please email for details.