|Location:||SMFA at Tufts
Boston Fenway Campus
|Eligible Students:||Entering grades 10-12|
|Housing:||Not available (coming Summer 2019!)|
|Program Fee:||$3,200 (Wk 1+2) / $1,600 (Wk 3)|
|Financial Aid:||Available, click to learn more|
|Applications Open:||December 1st, 2017|
|Applications Close:||May 1st, 2018|
|Application Requirements (core):||
Academic transcript and history
1 letter of recommendation
Program fee includes:
Tuition, materials fees, use of select campus facilities, excursions and daily activities as a part of the specific course in which you enrolled.
Room (commuter only), breakfast, dinner, airfare/transportation to and from campus, spending money, souvenirs, meals eaten away from program, medical insurance, medical and dental expenses and any non-program-related transportation needs.
Join our community of working artists and immerse yourself in thinking, creating and making. While maintaining a focus on developing your unique artistic vision, you will take classes in the foundations of drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and installation. SMFA's interdisciplinary approach to art means that you are encouraged to explore and integrate different media into your art. Our working artists will guide you in this process and advise you on your portfolio. An optional third week following each session gives serious art students extra time for portfolio development.
Join us for your summer studies and become a Jumbo for life!
Please note, planning for Summer 2018 has only just begun and details are subject to change.
Not for you? Check out one of our other programs.
Each session starts with a two-week program that digs into the foundations of the interdisciplinary approach to art embodied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. This two-week program is organized into 4 blocks each day from Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm. During these blocks, students will work on foundational skills, learn to put art in context, and have the opportunity to work on a portfolio of their own
Students have the option of signing-up for a distinctive and exciting third week focused on preparing serious artists who want to continue to build their portfolio, learn to write an artist statement, participate in a critique, curate an exhibit for friends and family, and work on a new skill in a new medium. This third week is truly differentiating among opportunities open to high school students in that they will have access to workshops normally closed to non-majors. We hope students will choose to join us for this transformational opportunity.
Foundations: Artists need solid foundations in various art disciplines in order to explore new ideas and concepts. Our 2-week program offers 3 Foundations classes taken throughout the day:
Students attending our optional 3rd week will have the opportunity to choose from the following options in workshop-style classes:
Art in Context: Students will hear ideas from contemporary thinkers about art, the business of art, the history of art, and the controversies and challenges of public art.
Open Studio: On Thursdays, students will have the opportunity to work with a mentor and build their portfolio and work on their artist’s statement.
Art Show Curation: [3rd week only] This distinctive opportunity allows students to learn the basis of curating, marketing, preparing, and setting-up an art show and invite your friends and family to see the results.
Tentative Summer 2018 Schedule (to be finalized)
Weeks 1 & 2
|8:30 - 9 am||Check in [week 1 only]|
|9 - 9:50 am||Foundation A
first block week 1]
|Foundation A||Foundation A||Vis Critical Studies Presentation||Foundation A|
|10 - 10:50 am||Open studio (mentoring)|
|11 - 12:50 pm||Foundation B||Foundation B||Foundation B||Foundation B|
|1 - 1:50 pm||Lunch||Lunch||Lunch||Lunch||Lunch|
|2 - 3:50 pm||Foundation C||Foundation C||Foundation C||2-4:30 Field Trips
4:30-5 Wrap up
|4 - 5 pm||Art in Context||Art in Context||Art in Context||Art in Context|
Week 3 (Optional)
|9 - 10:50 am||Foundation A||Foundation A||Foundation A||Foundation A||Foundation A|
|11 - 12:50 pm||Open Studio||Open Studio||Open Studio||Open Studio||Open Studio|
|1 - 1:50 pm||Lunch||Lunch||Lunch||Lunch||Lunch|
|2 - 3:50 pm||Foundation C||Foundation C||Foundation C||2-4:30 Portfolio review||Final show install|
|4 - 5 pm||Final Show: Ideas and Planning||Final Show: project management||Final Show: marketing||4:30-5 Final show: Preparation and design||4-7 Final Show|
We endeavor to make every moment of the student experience at SMFA at Tufts memorable for our students. Every piece of the student life experience is designed to inform and enable students to have a healthy, fulfilling, and safe summer.
Check-in and orientation will begin at 8:30am on the first day of each session. The orientation program will include:
Lunch will be provided from Monday – Friday for each week that the student is enrolled in the program. We will be collecting information about allergies and other health issues as a part of the application and enrollment process.
Students will have full access to Tufts university’s facilities on the Medford campus including the libraries, computer lab and student center. Students will also have full access to Tufts’ Steve Tisch Sports and Fitness center, featuring racquet courts, a swimming pool and cardio and weight-training equipment.
Tufts works hard to ensure the health and well-being of all of its students. Once accepted to the program Tufts will ask all students to submit information related to their health and collecting details regarding allergies, accessibility concerns and otherwise.
Tufts also has robust procedures in-place for students with primary care needs, acute or emergency illnesses or injuries and mental health / counseling needs. Our procedures combine on-campus and hospital-based care depending on the nature and severity of the issue. A student’s emergency contact will be notified, if one is provided, in the event of an issue. Please see our Health & Wellness Services page for additional information.
In any type of health & wellness emergency, students should immediately contact Tufts University Police at (617) 627-6911.
Please note: medical fees of any kind will be billed to the student and are not included in program fees.
Tufts campus is considered very safe amongst U.S. college campuses. The Boston Fenway campus is located in Boston and the Medford / Somerville campus is located just five miles outside Boston, students will need to take normal precautions of people living near a large city but crime on campus is unusual. Tufts University maintains its own police department and Tufts Emergency Medical Services provides medical aid to the university community 24 hours a day.
Tufts campus is equipped with an emergency blue light system and dormitories require a fob for entry and a key for access to bathrooms and bedrooms.
For more information, please visit our Campus Safety page.
Please see the policies section of this website for a complete list of applicable policies, including the following:
A recent Bundesgymnasium graduate, Matthias decided to leave his home in Austria for six weeks and spend part of his summer studying international relations and economics at Tufts. He thought the summer before completing his zivildienst (year of public service) was the perfect time to try something new. Matthias saw the advantages of international study at a great American university before entering his "gap" year, and he knew that Tufts University had the summer courses he needed and could transfer to his home university, when the time comes.