Continuing Education Policies

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 letter grade before the 3rd class meeting using the form at SMFA Student Services. Credit and grades cannot be received for courses taken as non-credit or for workshops and intensives. 

Please refer to the Tufts Summer Session website for the tuition rates for your type of student. SMFA Continuing Education Students should refer to the rates and fees for Audit Students.

The Audit Student tuition for a Tufts Summer Session course is $1,000.

Intensives & Workshops have tuition rates based on the number of hours the course is designed to have. See the Summer Session website for a complete listing.

Please note that our credit-bearing Summer Session courses can be counted towards SMFA CE certificate programs. These may also count towards professional development points for teachers.

Discount Offers
SMFA and Tufts Alumni Discount: SMFA alumni and Tufts University alumni are eligible to receive a tuition discount on SMFA Studio Art @ Tufts Summer Session courses. Alumni must be diploma or degree graduates of SMFA or have received a degree from Tufts.

Tufts Summer Session also offers selected discounts to community members. See their website for more information.

Withdrawals and Refunds
Summer Session courses: Students who officially withdraw from a course can be eligible for a tuition refund (application fees are not refundable) depending on their date of withdrawal. Please see the policies listed at

Course Cancellations and Changes
The SMFA reserves the right to cancel any course that does not have the minimum enrollment. A full refund of tuition and fees will be made if a suitable substitute course is not found. 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 For those courses that do not publish supply lists in advance, instructors will discuss materials in the first class meeting.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 summer hours on the school store page.

Transcript Request
For official transcripts from SMFA at Tufts, please request from the registrar's office. 

Professional Development Points for K–12 Teachers
School Teachers who successfully complete courses offered at the Museum School are eligible to receive Professional Development Points (PDPs), required by the State of Massachusetts for the re-certification of Massachusetts educators. Up to 45 PDPs can be earned by taking a 2-credit course. For more information about obtaining PDPs, please contact the Continuing Education Office.

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

The building is not accessible on weekends to students who are not taking a weekend class or workshop.

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
In order to access the 230 Fenway building you need an ID card(student ID or government issued).

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.

Reserve a locker online via the below links. Once you have signed up online, you will be emailed the combination. Use access code “LOCKER.” (basement) (first floor) (mezzanine) (second floor) (third floor)

For questions about lockers, please contact Rob Tedesco at