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Art, Technology & Design

Along with our partners at the School of Museum of Fine Arts Continuing Education, University College, as a part of Tufts University, offer students the opportunity to explore the intersection of art and technology in a variety of ways.

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Explore Flexible Certificates with the SMFA at Tufts

Looking to complete a certificate in Illustration or Graphic Design, starting this Fall, the School of Museum of Fine Arts and University College are making it even easier.  Now, there are no applications, no commitments, simply enroll in the course or courses you choose and once you have completed all four, reach out and let us know and we will provide your certificate.  Its that easy, and with all four courses available in most Fall and Spring semesters you can be done in one semester, one year, or more, its up to you.


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Text and Image I

Fall, Spring, Summer


This course provides a solid base in exploring image/text relationships in graphic design. Students will be introduced to type classifications along with some modern and postmodern design theories. Practical design assignments guided by class critiques will help you develop your own personal style. Class demos will include Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. 

Creative Writing: Fiction

Fall, Spring, Summer

Theodore Weesner | In Person

Introductory practice and instruction in fiction workshop setting. Includes writing and sharing of original fiction; craft-based discussions of literary texts; generative writing exercises; and written and oral critiques of assignments. 

Basic Enrollment Requirements: Unofficial Transcript – High School Diploma or current high school transcript (for high school students only in applicable classes), Bachelor’s Degree, or progress towards a Bachelor’s Degree + 3.0 GPA.


Meet our Faculty & Staff


Miriam Said: Assistant Professor

Miriam Said is an art historian specializing in the art and architecture of the ancient Near East and Mediterranean world in the first millennium BCE. She is interested in materiality studies, technologies of magic, gender, and the intersection of pop culture and antiquity. Her research has been supported by the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She welcomes graduate students with interest in ancient art history, material culture and visual studies.

Meet Miriam

Billy Foshay: Part-Time Lecturer

Billy Foshay is an artist who lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts. Foshay uses virtual reality, the rendered images and video installation to theorize about the environments, situations, and apparatuses capable of inflicting a psychological vertigo. Through the conversion to a virtualized form, the familiar is made strange through the exaggeration of properties allowed by its digitality.

Meet Billy

Glenna Lang: Part-Time Lecturer

Glenna Lang (graphic design/illustration) has worked as a freelance illustrator for many years. Her illustrations appeared regularly in the Atlantic Monthlythe Boston Globe, and many other publications. She has produced five children's books published by David R. Godine in addition to the award-winning Looking Out for Sarah with Charlesbridge Publishing. Her most recent book, Genius of Common Sense, was acclaimed as a Notable Book by both the New York Times and Smithsonian. She holds a BA from the University of Chicago ('72) and an MFA from the Museum School/Tufts University ('75). Lang has taught at the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, Framingham State College, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and Tufts University.

Meet Glenna


Hear from our Students


My photography professor, Joanna Tam, helped me not only learn the technical skills of digital photography, but also she fostered my conceptual development as an artist, challenging and elevating my work.

Photography - Student, 2020

You have a 360 range of motion creating digitally now, and I think that makes for really rich digital atmospheres and worlds

Bella Kiser, SMFA at Tufts BFA+BS Alum

Robert Siegelman's approach of confidence, play and experimentation is exactly what I need right now. Helping me lean into my own ideas, and also stretch my awareness both through seeing a huge variety of work and by communicating with the other students in the class. His stressing a daily practice is also life changing.

Mixed Media Drawing - Student, 2020

You have a 360 range of motion creating digitally now, and I think that makes for really rich digital atmospheres and worlds

Bella Kiser, SMFA alumni, reflecting on virtual reality and art

Billy is great. He is clearly knowledgeable about VR and Unity, and has a very relaxed manner in his introduction videos. He is very detailed and articulate in his demonstration videos as well, taking the students step-by-step through the process. He is very responsive via email and via the discussion boards and is available every week for office hours. During office hours he is patient and clear and helpful.

SMFA Virtual Reality Certificate Student

Having been a graphic designer for many years, I’d taken my first painting class in 2015. When I returned to Boston I knew I wanted to continue developing as a painter, and hoped I’d find a good instructor. I looked at the SMFA course descriptions, enrolled in Elaine’s class, and quickly knew that I had hit the jackpot.

Advanced Painting Student

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