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School of the Museum of Fine Arts-Boston

School of the Museum of Fine Arts-Boston is college with 484 students located in Boston, MA.

Fine and Performing Arts


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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.

SMFA has been educating artists since its founding in 1876. The School was conceived at the same time as the Museum itself, as the crucial second part of a mission to educate through the arts. SMFA was intended to be a school of art; not simply a technical institute, but a school of the most rigorous ideas and concepts. Since its founding, the School's faculty, administration and curriculum have been dynamically engaged in questions of education in general, and art education in particular.

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Student Life

Student Life

Student Body

Total Undergraduates 484
Gender 27% Male / 73% Female
Enrollment Breakdown 84% Full Time / 16% Part Time
Geography 35% In State / 65% Out of State / 9% International
Socio-Economic Diversity 31% of students received Pell Grants, which are provided by the U.S. government to students from middle and lower income families. It gives you an idea of a school’s socio-economic diversity.
Ethnic Diversity
White 56%
Multi-racial 4%
International 9%
Hispanic/Latino 9%
Ethnicity Unknown 14%
Black or African American 3%
Asian 5%


Campus housing is available for undergraduates. Housing deposit : $450.00. Housing deposit due : May 1. Housing deposit is not refunded if student does not enroll.. Freshman allowed to have car. No pets.

64% of freshman live on-campus.

  • Coed Dorms
  • Housing Offered


  • Government or Political Activity
  • International Student Organization
  • Student-Run Film Society

Student Services

  • Academic Support Services: pre-admission summer program writing center study skills assistance
  • Computer Services: computer center, libraries, student center dorms wired for high speed internet connections wireless network available
  • Counseling Services: career counseling employment services for undergraduates personal counseling placement services for graduates financial aid counseling adult (re-entering) student services/programs
  • Facilities: gallery space and exhibiting opportunities. the smfa is a division of the museum of fine arts, boston, and maintains partnerships with tufts university, northeastern university and the proarts consortium, which offers studio courses at five other boston visual and performing arts schools for no additional cost.
  • Special Needs Services: wheelchair accessibility partial services for students with learning disabilities services and/or facilities for hearing impaired
  • Specialty Programs (ROTC, Accelerated Programs, Professional Development, etc.): cross-registration visiting/exchange student program double major independent study internships liberal arts/career combination student-designed major teacher certification
  • Transfer In Services
  • Transfer Out Services



Popular Majors

Fine/Studio Arts (100%)

Majors Offered


A program that prepares individuals to generally function as creative artists in the visual and plastic media. Includes instruction in the traditional fine arts media (drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, CAD/CAM) and/or modern media (ceramics, textiles, intermedia, photography, digital images), theory of art, color theory, composition and perspective, anatomy, the techniques and procedures for maintaining equipment and managing a studio, and art portfolio marketing.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.
Artists and Related Workers, All Other
All artists and related workers not listed separately.

Administration & Faculty

President Christopher Bratton
Accredited by National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
Full-time Faculty 45
Student : Faculty Ratio 9 : 1
Faculty Gender (% Male : Female) 53 : 46
Percentage of Faculty Members
Non-Tenure Track Faculty 100




Acceptance Rate: 76.8% accepted of 552 applications

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Talent Ability, Level Of Applicants Interest

Important: Academic GPA, Application Essay, Character Personal Qualities, Recommendations

Also Considered: Work Experience, Class Rank, Extracurricular Activities, Interview, Rigor Of Secondary School Record, Standardized Test Scores, Volunteer Work, Alumni Relation

Other Application Information: SAT Subject Tests SAT ACT

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Average Net Tuition

The average student pays $40,539 for tuition, fees, and other expenses, after grants and scholarships.

Household Income Real Cost
$0-$30K $35,501
$30K-$48K $34,162
$48K-$75K $38,353
$75K-$110K $41,394
$110K+ $41,532

Sticker Price

Total stated tuition is $36,623, in-state and on-campus, before financial aid.

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $38,324 Same as On-Campus
Fees $1,240 Same as On-Campus
Housing $13,690 $10,000
Books $1,600 $1,600
Total (before financial aid) $54,854 $51,164

Students Receiving Aid

100% of students receive some form of financial aid.

Undergrads Receiving Aid Average Aid Amount
Federal Loans 81% $7,193
Federal Scholarships/Grants 31% $4,218
Institutional Grants 100% $10,510
Other Federal Grants 20% $832
Other Loans 11% $17,769
Pell Grants 31% $3,672
State and Local Scholarships/Grants 7% $1,586
Student Loans 81% $9,531

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Alumni and Outcomes

Alumni and Outcomes

Graduation Rates

41% of students graduated on time.

60% of students graduated in six years.

72% of full time students continued studying at this school after freshman year.



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