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Time- and cost-effective courses and certificates

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.


Technique-based art education—taught by seasoned artists

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.


Relevant content that enhances your professional skill set

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

Why SMFA Continuing Education?

  • Education rooted in a storied, dynamic, and highly-respected art school 
  • Flexible virtual and in-person classes that fit your needs and schedule
  • 20+ open enrollment courses per semester
  • 20+ renowned artist-faculty members

Potential Jobs

Our offerings allow you to advance in your current industry or explore positions like:

  • Graphic Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Digital Animator
  • Painter
  • Virtual Reality Developer
  • Art Director
  • Creative Director

Ready to enhance your career in the arts? Explore our Certificates.

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.

Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality Certificate

Classes: 6 required
Cost: $795 per course
Modality: Online Asynchronous
The Certificate in Virtual Reality is comprised of six short online courses through which students will be given the skills to tackle virtual reality environment design for application in a variety of fields and careers. Become well-versed in techniques like scripted interactivity, UV mapping and programs like C++, C#, Blender, and Unity.
Graphic Design

Graphic Design Certificate

Classes: 7 required, 3 elective
Cost: $995 per course
Modality: In-Person

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.

Illustration Certificate

Illustration Certificate

Classes: 5 required, 5 elective
Cost: $995 per course
Modality: In-Person

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.

Dual Illustration

Dual Illustration and Graphic Design Certificate

Classes: 10 required, 5 elective
Cost: $995 per course
Modality: In-Person

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.


Questions about SMFA Continuing Education?

Schedule a call with our Admissions Team or email Sarah, our Associate Director of Continuing Education. We’re here to help you succeed.