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Courses for artists at all skill levels

Our courses and certificates align with where you want to go next – whether you’re new to the field of illustration or are looking to grow your abilities as a creative professional.


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.


Offerings that integrate theory and practice

Learning at the SMFA won’t just give you new skills – hands-on projects, speakers, and portfolio development integrated into courses will prepare you to take the next step in your career.

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
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: 4
Cost: $995 per course
Modality: Hybrid

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: 4
Cost: $995 per course
Modality: Hybrid

The Certificate in Illustration provides you with a solid foundation for creating illustrations, learning illustrative techniques, and understanding an illustrator's creative process. Explore types of illustration, such as editorial illustration for newspapers and magazines, children's book illustration, concept illustration for ads and video games, and more.

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

Questions about SMFA Continuing Education?

Send an email with your questions or to schedule a call with our Admissions Team. We’re here to help you succeed.