Visual and Critical Studies - Tufts at the Museum School  
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Students at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston pursue BFA, MFA, or MAT degrees through a collaboration with Tufts University. They are students of both institutions, taking studio art classes with SMFA faculty and academic courses with Tufts faculty. The Department of Visual and Critical Studies is composed of Tufts faculty who teach art history, cultural studies, and English courses on site at the SMFA to BFA students. These Tufts courses are specifically designed to engage visual thinkers and to encourage students to draw connections between the study of the discipline and their own art making.

The Visual and Critical Studies faculty teach a range of courses in art history and critical cultural studies. Faculty in the English Program teach courses in literature, critical cultural reading, film, and creative writing. In additon, the department supports the Writing Studio, where students can drop in or make appointments to work with faculty on outlining, editing, and polishing essays and creative writing.

Students in the BFA program also have the opportunity to engage in issues in visual studies and literature within departments and program on the Tufts campus, including the Department of Art & Art History, the English Department, and the International Letters and Visual Studies Program within the Department German, Russian, & Asian Languages and Literature. See a full list of departments in the School of Arts & Sciences.

The department of Visual and Critical Studies does not offer an undergraduate major, but rather offers classes as part of the combined academic and studio program of study that constitutes each BFA student's degree. Students interested in the BFA, MFA, or MAT program should contact the SMFA Admissions Office. Students interested in a degree in art history or other academic program should contact the Tufts Office of Undergraduate Admissions or admissions staff at the Tufts Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

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