Program Coordinator

Julia Hechtman,

A Joint Program of Northeastern University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University (SMFA at Tufts).

Our BFA in Studio Art is offered in partnership with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University (SMFA at Tufts) across Huntington Avenue from our campus. In this major your studio art classes are taken at the SMFA at Tufts, which permits you to explore a wide range of artistic media; including ceramics, drawing, film, metal smith, painting, performance, print and paper, sculpture, and sound in their extensive studio environments. Your Art + Design history courses are taken in our department and you have access to all the elective courses, Co-op and study abroad programs, student resources and activities that Northeastern students experience.

Applicants for the Studio Art program (in collaboration with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University) must submit a portfolio in order to be considered for admission.


The BFA in Studio Art consists of:

  • 76 credit hours of art courses taught at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • 20 credit hours of art and design history taught at Northeastern University
  • Northeastern’s liberal arts core curriculum
  • 16 credit hours of free electives

The BFA in Studio Art degree is awarded by Northeastern.

Current students are required to refer to their degree audit through myNEU.

To declare a major in Studio Art for internal transfer, come to 100 Meserve Hall to fill out a Program of Study Petition. A portfolio is required for this major.

Any prerequisites should be taken before registering for 2000 level courses and above.





  1. Create visual artworks that express ideas and demonstrate an individual vision and voice.
  2. Gather information and apply modes of inquiry based in the humanities, sciences, social sciences and visual arts to analyze and produce creative work.
  3. Use art and design theory and history to analyze, frame, and critique creative works across a range of times, cultures, and media.
  4. Demonstrate competency in visual, spatial, and/or time-based media through the production of creative works.
  5. Describe, analyze and evaluate how the student’s studio-based creative practice has evolved over time.
  6. Discuss creative works in light of their social and ethical implications.

Mollie Davis, AMD’17

Mollie Davis, AMD'17

Mollie Davis, AMD’17









Mollie Davis, AMD’17

Mollie Davis, AMD’17

Mollie Davis, AMD’17

While some students may have spent a much-deserved winter break at home, Mollie Davis, AMD’17 traveled to Israel. Davis, who is the BFA in Studio Art with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University (SMFA at Tufts), helped to organize the first annual Daroma Festival, a celebration of the arts held in Sderot, Israel. As part of her studies, Davis takes classes at both Northeastern and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University, a program that is only available at select universities. The program offers Davis the opportunity to take foundational classes at Northeastern and explore School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University, Boston, which allows students to take classes ranging from performance art to pictograph and symbol drawing.

This spring, Davis will start her second co-op at Hero 4 Hire Creative, an animation company located in Waltham, Massachusetts. Davis is excited to work in an environment that will allow her to gain experience in what she hopes to be her future career: storyboard animation. As part of her co-op, Davis will be able to storyboard and animate pieces that will help increase literacy in children for understanding figurative language. Her first co-op at the Society of Illustrators allowed her to explore the administrative side of the art world, learning how to write grant proposals and survive in the real world as an artist.

When asked what advice she had for students interested in pursuing fine arts, Davis said: “Try to identify what you’re interested in. Take the classes that will develop the skills needed to drive you toward the goal.”

By Connor Doherty and Nicholas Marini