January 29, 2014

Call for applications: Master of Fine Arts

School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University
Marilyn Arsem, Marking Time I, November 2012. Durational performance at Nox Contemporary, Salt Lake City, Utah. Photo by Kristina Lenzi.

Both rigorous and highly selective, the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program will prepare 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:

– 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.

– Distinguished visiting faculty and guest artists, including Gideon Bok (Painting),Tran Loung (Performance), Dawit Petros (Photography), William Powhida (Painting), Lisi Raskin (Sculpture), and Lynne Sachs (Film).

In this unique program you will complete 60 credits, including studio art, four graduate seminars, two art history courses, and two academic electives at the upper or graduate level at Tufts University. You’ll also have your own private studio space and access to the School’s faculty and facilities.

SMFA Performance faculty Marilyn Arsem, whose work is featured here, has been creating live events since 1975, ranging from solo performances to large-scale interactive works incorporating installation and performance. Arsem’s courses include Contemporary Performance Theory and the Practice of Art, The Desire for Evidence: Documenting the Ephemeral, and the Contemporary Art Practice (CAP) Graduate Seminar.

Visit our booth at the College Art Association’s annual conference, February 12–15, 2014 in Chicago.

To learn more about SMFA’s graduate programs and faculty, contact SMFA Admissions at +1 617 369 3626 or email [email protected]. Applications are now being accepted at

About the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Founded in 1876 and accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA) is one of only three art schools in the country affiliated with a major museum—the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Our mission is to provide an education in the fine arts—for undergraduate and graduate artists—that is interdisciplinary and self-directed. For more information about our programs and partnerships, visit

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