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Launching a freelance career in art and design can be intimidating. It’s hard to know where to start with so many opportunities and challenges to navigate. Freelancing 101 breaks it down into five P’s— planning, portfolios, promotion, pricing, and protection — and shares strategies and tools to tackle them one at a time. We’ll cover the basics of how to showcase your work, select a portfolio platform, network, and — yes — actually earn a living as a creative professional. Along the way, we’ll discuss real-world topics like contracts and intellectual property, choosing printers, and even how to set up your own custom email address. This three-night workshop gives you what you need to get out there and start getting noticed. Participants are encouraged to bring their self-promotional materials -- anything from finished pieces to sketches and wish lists -- for a group portfolio and logo review.

Level: Introductory to Advanced

Note: For this online course, access to a computer or other digital device is essential for attending lectures, demonstrations and critiques. Students who are taking courses in digital media must have access to a computer, and will be asked to purchase a student license to the Adobe Suite. Tufts is making these licenses available at a greatly reduced price. Adobe software is not only essential for your courses, but is essential to almost any design or illustration practice. By purchasing this software, you will be able to access it on your own computer at your convenience. Instructions on purchasing and downloading the software will be sent to you before classes begin.

This is a workshop and follows all workshop related policies. For more information about course policies and expectations, please visit

Basic Enrollment Requirements: None.

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Remission Eligible: Not eligible.

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School of the Museum of Fine Arts