SMFA Undergrad Degrees

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The School of the Museum of Fine Arts….

  • officially became part of Tufts University’s School of Arts and Sciences in July 2016
  •  is extraordinary in being part of a major research university and affiliated with a world class museum
  • offers students the opportunity to explore art in all of its diverse forms and expressions, while ensuring a high-quality liberal arts education
  • enables new ways of teaching and learning by encouraging collaborations among a range of academic and studio areas
  •  has a unique interdisciplinary, all-elective studio art curriculum
  • continually incorporates new media, new concepts, new theories, and new approaches into the studio curriculum

Drawing + Painting

  • Drawing
  • Painting

Performance + 3D

  • Ceramics
  • Metals
  • Performance
  • Sculpture

Media Arts

  • Film + Animation
  • Sound

Print, Paper, + Graphic Arts

  • Printmaking + Paper
  • Graphic Arts


Liberal Arts

  • Undergraduate



SMFA at Tufts Portfolio (Required for BFA and Combined Degree BFA + BA/BS applicants)

All applications to the BFA and Combined Degree BFA + BA/BS programs must include an art portfolio.

The ideal portfolio will demonstrate a student’s conceptual development, while highlighting their technical abilities. They encourage students to submit work that they believe to be the strongest representation of their skills and experiences to date, regardless of media.

Submit 15-20 images of recent work and/or up to 10 minutes of time-based work.

Allowed Media Types:

  • Images (up to 10MB each)
  • Video (up to 500MB each)
  • Audio (up to 60MB each)
  • PDFs (up to 20MB each)
  • 3D Models
  • External media from YouTube, Vimeo, and SoundCloud




Art Center Majors


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Art Center……

  • has a visionary approach to arts education, based on a conservatory-like approach; a desire for rich, intercultural and transdisciplinary dialogue
  • in the last five years, added new programs and extraordinary new facilities
  • is dedicated to supporting students and helping them thrive in the classroom and beyond
  • continues to lead by expanding their pedagogical perspectives, cultivating their faculty, increasing access to their community and innovating art and design curricula

BFA MAJORS at Art Center 


Create smart, engaging ads by forging human connections with brands.

Entertainment Design

Bring stories to life for the entertainment industry through the design of novel characters and worlds.

Environmental Design

Design resonant spaces and spatial experiences that impact and inform the user’s relationship to the built environment.


Master visual and narrative filmmaking through individualized and immersive instruction in directing, writing, editing and cinematography.

Fine Art

Refine and define a compelling creative vision to become a fine artist capable of transforming our way of engaging with the world.

Graphic Design

Conquer design for space, motion, print and interaction by infusing words and images with life and meaning.


Combine drawing, painting and design to tell stories, convey ideas or create imagery for commercial applications and clients.

Interaction Design

Design innovative, useful and delightful digital interactions—from mobile apps and websites to wearables, games and emerging technologies.

Photography and Imaging

Master the art of creating resonant photographic images for a world with an insatiable need to be informed and engaged by visual storytelling.

Product Design

Apply human-centered design to creating innovative consumer products, from the highly functional to the highly whimsical to the highly sustainable.

Transportation Design

Design and develop vehicles (including cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats and aircraft) and transportation systems of the future.

Portfolio Requirements by Major

Your portfolio is the single most important aspect of your application. Your portfolio must be oriented specifically to the one major for which you are applying.


Graphic Design at Art Center

Ringling BFA Majors



Ringling ….


Undergrad Majors at Ringling

Choose 10-15 examples that showcase your interests, creativity, and technical proficiency, whether they are finalized pieces or works in process from the pages of your sketchbook. Show them what materials you enjoy experimenting with, what topics you like to explore, and how you like to push your work to the next level.

PARSONS Undergrad MAJORS & Portfolio Requirements

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Parsons is….

-for students who want to learn to apply the transformative capacity of design responsibly, creatively, and purposefully.

– a diverse community of students and faculty who explore multiple sites and scales of engagement, through on-campus research initiatives and partnerships that bring about change in New York and in the world.

– focused on creativity, innovation, and a desire to challenge the status quo, both in what and how they teach and in the intellectual ambitions of the School itself

– a school that places project-based learning at the center of their educational experience




Portfolio: The portfolio must be completed in SlideRoom only. Freshman and transfer applicants must submit a portfolio of eight to 12 images. Portfolios can include a range of media such as drawing, painting, sculpture, fashion design, animation, performance, graphic design, or sketchbook pages. We encourage you to show experimentation and breadth, and the portfolio does not need to specifically address the major to which you are applying.

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  • Submissions for the Parsons Challenge are accepted through SlideRoom only. CDs, DVDs, slides, original artwork, PowerPoint presentations, binders, and flash drives will not be accepted.

    BFA and BA/BFA applicants: Create a new visual work inspired by the theme of a piece submitted in your portfolio. Support your process by writing one 500-word essay describing how your ideas developed. You may also submit up to two additional visual pieces that document your process. All forms of media are acceptable—drawing, video, photography, sculpture, 3D work, collage, and digital images.

    BBA applicants: Create a new visual work inspired by an advertisement, invention or theme of a piece that you’ve already created. Support your process by writing one 500-word essay describing how your ideas developed. You may also submit up to two additional visual pieces that document your process. All forms of media are acceptable—drawing, video, photography, sculpture, 3D work, collage, and digital images.

    The Parsons Challenge helps the Admission Committee understand how a prospective student develops ideas, visually communicates those ideas, and defends the work in writing.


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    Creativity Changes Everything

    Parsons in NYC that uses creativity in fearless, innovative ways. They collaborate and problem solve across every discipline and the results are extraordinary to behold.

PRATT Undergrad Majors

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Pratt is….

  • one of the world’s multicultural epicenters for arts, culture, design, and business
  • on a 25-acre campus in Brooklyn, a creative hub in the midst of a renaissance
  • a living lab of craft and culture
  • consistently ranked among the best in the country
  • full of faculty that include the most renowned artists, designers, and scholars in their fields
  • an excellent school with a interdisciplinary curriculum that promotes collaborative and creative strategies for design thinking and provides students with unparalleled training facilities

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ashcan student work 
Visual Arts & Design Classes
Monday through Saturday 10-2 & 3-7 


Portfolio: A visual or writing portfolio is required for all majors but construction management. Portfolios must be submitted at View Portfolio Requirements.
Visual Portfolio: The visual portfolio should consist of 12-20 pieces of your best work. It should consist of a variety of media and approaches. It can include assignment-based projects, self-directed work or pieces of a collaborative nature. The portfolio does not need to be major-specific and can include any type of work including paintings, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, etc. In addition, students must submit three to five observational drawings. Examples of observational work include landscape, still-life, self-portrait, figure drawings, and interior spaces. Please do not include work that copies photographs, uses the grid system or directly replicates any other artist’s work (including replicating anime drawings, cartoons, or video game character designs).



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 SVA is….

-a leader in the education of artists and designers
-a school full of a faculty who are leading professionals
– a catalyst for innovation and social responsibility
– one of the most influential artistic communities in the world
– the greatest
  • Areas of study include branding, interaction design, copywriting, web design and more
  • We teach how to come up with new ideas
  • Many classes are held at advertising agencies throughout NYC
  • 165 students, 32 faculty, 29 courses

BFA Animation

  • We give you the tools you need to hone your voice and art
  • Train on the latest animation software and hardware
  • Many of our alumni are internationally recognized animators
  • Thesis films shown to industry professionals at the Dusty Film & Animation Festival
  • 311 students, 32 faculty, 39 courses

BFA Cartooning

  • Being a cartoonist is more than a career—it’s a calling
  • SVA is one of the first colleges to offer cartooning as a major
  • We teach both classical techniques and new digital production
  • 177 students, 26 faculty, 35 courses
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BFA Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects

  • Specialization in 3D computer animation, visual effects and game arts
  • Learn technical skills as well as narrative and story development
  • We strive to give students a competitive edge to stand-out
  • 321 students, 110 faculty, 53 courses

BFA Design

  • We educate designers to think conceptually
  • Focus on branding, advertising, editorial, packaging, UI/UX, and 3D design
  • Fourth-year students’ work reviewed by industry professionals
  • 815 students, 117 faculty, 142 courses

BFA Film

  • Hands-on program where you’ll make films all four years
  • Train on industry-standard, state-of-the-art equipment
  • We believe in nurturing collaboration
  • Thesis films shown to industry professionals at the Dusty Film & Animation Festival
  • 385 students, 82 faculty, 73 courses

BFA Fine Arts

  • Project-based, multidisciplinary learning
  • Concentrations available in traditional and new media
  • Studio work complemented with art history and theory
  • 306 students, 90 faculty, 142 courses

BFA Illustration

  • We teach how to communicate graphically
  • Successful illustrators are able to interpret and illuminate ideas
  • Put your own personal stamp on visual solutions
  • 473 students, 69 faculty, 76 courses

BFA Interior Design

  • Council for Interior Design (CIDA) accredited program
  • Creative skills are taught alongside with technical, as well as business and leadership skills
  • Internship opportunities available in NYC’s leading interior design and architecture firms
  • 79 students, 25 faculty, 44 courses

BFA Photography and Video

  • Cultivate your signature photographic style that will set you apart
  • Medium and large-format cameras available for use
  • Mentor program for seniors with renowned photographers, critics, photo editors and other professionals and artists
  • 427 students, 80 faculty, 108 courses

BFA Visual & Critical Studies

  • A program for ambitious students who want to combine their studio art with philosophy, theory and criticism
  • Multidisciplinary curriculum for thinking artists
  • Explore various media and unorthodox art making
  • 69 students, 27 faculty, 38 courses


The Portfolio plays an important role in the admission review process. Portfolios are reviewed with the goal of identifying the creative and technical skills, abilities and potential of each applicant.

A portfolio should reflect each individual’s unique art background and experiences. No portfolio will ever be compared to another when assessing admission eligibility.

Drawing samples are the most important part of the portfolio for applicants to the majors listed. Please include examples of drawing done from the direct observation of live, three-dimensional situations. These can include self-portraits (using a mirror for reference), figure drawings, object studies, still lifes and landscapes. (Two-dimensional references can be included in a portfolio, but should be kept to a minimum.)

Painting, printmaking, drawing and/or collage work that expresses the color sense of an applicant is welcome.

Three-dimensional work that explores notions of composition, light, form and/or spatial relations should be submitted in digital format (CD-R) and should include shots from multiple viewpoints.

Design projects and computer-generated images can be included but should be kept to a minimum. Applicants with computer-based interests are required to submit a portfolio that demonstrates their drawing-from-observation skills.

Sketchbooks offer important insights into the creative process of an applicant. Applicants are encouraged to include the most recent sketchbook at the time of a portfolio review.



Visual Arts and Design Classes each day at Ashcan Studio 10-2 & 3- 7 

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