School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston/SMFA: Master of Fine Arts Call for Applications
School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University
Above: Nancy Ellen Jones ( MFA ’11), Tropical Depression: how long is now and where does he end? (detail), 2011.
Multimedia installation.
Above: Nancy Ellen Jones ( MFA ’11), Tropical Depression: how long is now and where does he end? (detail), 2011.
Multimedia installation.

Application deadline: February 1, 2012

School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston ∙ Graduate Admissions Office
230 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115
T 617-369-3626 or 800-643-6078



The two-year Master of Fine Arts graduate program at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA), emphasizes the relationship of art and ideas within an interdisciplinary framework. Its objective is to provide an education in the fine arts that is rigorous and engaging, integrating multiple discourses through the development of practical and critical skills across diverse media and disciplines. The MFA supports the forging and inventing of contemporary art practices through the promotion of individual innovation and creative collaborations that extend learning beyond the School community into the local and global cultures of art. The degree culminates with a thesis exhibition, an in-depth presentation of the students’ practice.


SMFA shares its campus with the internationally renowned Museum of Fine Arts, Boston—one of only three schools nationally that are partnered with a major museum. Our students have unsurpassed access to an encyclopedic collection of art and the Museum’s curatorial, conservation and history departments.


Students also have access to the exceptional academic resources of our academic partner, Tufts University, in addition to the full range of SMFA’s studio classes and resources. Our students work with advisors from SMFA’s international roster of faculty, explore professional development, have ample teaching opportunities, apply for internal and external exhibitions and grants, attend graduate seminars, develop colloquia and interact with distinguished visiting faculty and guest artists. Fall visiting artists included: Katarina Burin, Jedediah Caesar, Angela Dufresne, Franklin Evans, Sunil Gupta & Anna Fox, Hou Hanru, Carla Herrera-Prats, David Kelley, Karyn Olivier, Dan Peterman, William Powhida and Andrew Stanbridge.


Graduate Committee: Second-year MFA students build their own graduate committee, comprised of graduate advisors and faculty as well as curators and artists from institutions such as the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; MIT List Visual Arts Center; DeCordova Museum + Sculpture Park; Tufts University and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston.


Awards: The MFA program has produced 11 Joan Mitchell Grant Recipients since 1997, the most by any school to date; three Fulbright Scholars since 2000; a recipient of the Terra Foundation Residency in Giverny, France; and a recipient of the prestigious Dedalus Foundation Fellowship. Our graduates teach at universities and colleges such as Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Wellesley College, School of Visual Arts, Chester College and the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley College. Recent alumni artists include Jowhara AlSaud, Nuno deCampos, Lalla Essaydi, Neeta Madahar, Sheila Pepe, Benjamin Sloat and Youngsuk Suh.




We are now accepting applications for the fall 2012 term. Apply online or contact us at 800-643-6078 or [email protected] for more information.


The mission of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is to provide an education in the fine arts—for undergraduate and graduate artists—that is interdisciplinary and self-directed. This education values cultural, artistic and intellectual diversity; it embraces a wide range of media; it stresses the development of individual vision and its relation to culture in general; it values equally the knowledge gained by thinking and doing; it is deeply engaged with the world as a whole. If the mission is constant, its practice is always transforming.



November 14, 2011