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Time- and cost-effective courses and certificates to enhance your artistic skill set

Our certificates, courses, and workshops offer virtual and in-person opportunities for students to develop their art techniques on their own terms.

Take courses one at a time or explore our non-degree certificate options in graphic design and illustration.


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, graphic design, digital animation, illustration, virtual reality, and much more.

Learn more about the SMFA faculty.


Announcing our new Virtual Reality Certificate

SMFA Continuing Education is excited to announce the launch of a new certificate in Virtual Reality.

Stay tuned for more information.

Why SMFA Continuing Education?

  • A dynamic and highly respected art school
  • Take virtual or in-person classes to advance your passion or career in the arts
  • 20+ open enrollment courses per semester
  • 20+ renowned artist faculty members

Potential Jobs

  • 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 graduate degree.

Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality Certificate

Classes: 6 required
Cost: $795 per course
SMFA's Certificate in Virtual Reality brings a flexible, intensive, skills-oriented program to students and professionals interested in the intersection of art and technology. Through six short courses, students will be given the skills to tackle virtual reality environment design for application in fields such as game design, healthcare, education, real estate, and many more!
Graphic Design

Graphic Design Certificate

Classes: 5 required, 5 elective
Cost: $995 per course

The certificate program 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

The certificate program 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

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.