Our certificates, courses, and workshops offer virtual and in-person opportunities for students to develop their art techniques, fit to their level, on their own terms.
Take courses one at a time or explore our non-degree certificate options in graphic design, illustration, and virtual reality.
The artists who teach at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University are masters of their techniques.
Their skills span painting, portrait drawing, typography, digital animation, web design, illustration, virtual reality, and much more.
Whether you want to brush up on your practice or expand your capabilities in new fields like virtual reality and digital drawing, our courses will prepare you to take the next step in your career.
Next Course Registration Deadline: September 3rd
Next Certificate Application Deadline: August 31st
Our offerings allow you to advance in your current industry or explore positions like:
Our certificates in virtual reality, graphic design, and illustration are a great way for all artists to gain practical skills without the time or financial investment required to obtain a degree.
The Certificate in Graphic Design provides you with the practical and theoretical skills of a design professional. You will learn the skills needed to succeed as a graphic designer while mastering theoretical design frameworks.
The Certificate in Illustration provides you with a solid foundation for creating illustrations, learning illustrative techniques, and understanding an illustrator's creative process. You can choose to focus on particular types of illustration, such as editorial illustration for newspapers and magazines, children's book illustration, cartooning, graphic novels, concept illustration for ads and video games, and more.
The dual certificate program offers you the opportunity to explore and develop a broad range of graphic design and illustration skills, techniques, theory, and applications. This program allows for flexibility in concentration according to the goals of each student. Combining knowledge, skills, and practice of these two fields provides you with a variety of career options and greater possibilities as a practitioner.
I took two SMFA courses before officially enrolling in the certificate program and was impressed with the teachers and course content in those courses. The courses were also very affordable and a convenient location for me to get to from my job at the time.
The teachers all seemed really approachable and very giving of their time, and very encouraging, and just wanting to help mentor you, and that's really nice to have as someone who's just getting started.
The teachers all seemed really approachable and very giving of their time, and very encouraging, and just wanting to help mentor you, and that's really nice to have someone who's just getting started.
I was really impressed by the quality of the course descriptions and by the instructors. It seems like the folks who are teaching continuing education courses are a lot of the same staff that are teaching in the main school and are folks who have had a lot of direct industry experience.