Tufts University offers a vibrant arts community with ample
opportunities to collaborate with professional performers,
directors, musicians, choreographers, dancers, visual artists,
multimedia artists, and filmmakers.
The Arts@Tufts are defined by
performance, scholarship, and creative activity at the highest levels, an
emphasis on interdisciplinary perspectives and the integration of the arts
across the university, an engagement with the arts in a global context, and a
commitment to expanding the role of the arts in our host communities.
More Arts@Tufts programs
Dance program in
the Department of Drama and Dance
The Dance program collaborates with hundreds of
students each year, offering them training in a
range of styles including, African Dance, Ballet,
Kathak, Hip Hop, Jazz, Modern, Musical Theatre, and
Latin. The program regularly brings in area
professionals to enhance students' classroom
experiences, or to set new works of choreography in
Drama program in
the Department of Drama and Dance
The Drama program stages three faculty-directed productions per year,
plus well over a dozen student-directed and designed shows. We offer
over forty classes each semester on topics such "Sports as Performance,"
"Contemporary American Drama," and "Writing the Short Film."
Additionally, the Drama program regularly brings in guest artists,
playwrights, scholars, and arts advocates to enhance students' experiences.
Campus guests in 2014-2015 included award-winning playwright Melinda Lopez;
puppet artist Faye Dupras; Sound Designer, Dave Remedios; scholars
Elizabeth Maddock Dillon, Amy Hughes, Derek Miller, and Naomi Stubbs;
arts activists Tracie Konopinski (MASSCreative Senior Campaign Organizer),
and Vanessa Aguirreche Snow (Manager of Organizing and Policy Initiatives
at Hyde Square Task Force). We are excited to begin our 2015-16 season by
bringing in Boston-area playwright, Joyce Van Dyke, author of our fall show,
SMFA (School of the Museum of Fine Arts) at Tufts
At the SMFA at Tufts, you'll find exceptional teachers
who are expert mentors as well as working artists. You'll find a
curriculum designed to push you to explore an idea through many
media. You'll find avant garde art that bridges the gap between
woodworking and animation; papermaking and sound; performance
and photography. At the same time, you will find the resources
of a research intensive university and the course offerings of a
liberal arts institution. Our students truly have the best of
both worlds – with state-of-the-art studios in the heart of the
city of Boston as well as more than 70 academic programs and 300
student groups on Tufts' Medford campus.
Since 1876, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts has been
educating artists by providing the respect, learning
opportunities, and unique level of freedom that students need to
develop and succeed. Now, as a part of Tufts University, the
SMFA will continue to serve the academic artist through
research, liberal arts course work, and intensive studio
training. Our students will become interdisciplinary artists and
thinkers, ready to tackle tomorrow's problems creatively and
Department of Music
Housed in the state-of-the-art Granoff Music Center,
the Department of Music offers a rich array of
classes, performance opportunities, and workshops
with visiting artists.
The department offers courses in the disciplines of
composition, ethnomusicology, musicology,
performance, and theory. The curriculum is inclusive
and diverse, with emphasis on the traditions of
western classical music, American music (especially
African-American music and jazz), and world music
(especially African and Asian music). The department
enthusiastically endorses individual study of
instrumental and vocal performance and participation
in performing ensembles; students may earn academic
credit for these musical activities.
Live music performances abound throughout the year,
with events ranging from jazz to opera on the
calendar almost every night of the week. View the
calendar for more information.
Multimedia Arts Program
The Multimedia Arts program seeks to break down the
old divide between the arts and technology. We
believe that students in engineering who are exposed
to the arts and humanities make better engineers and
that students across the liberal arts deeply enrich
their education by becoming technologically
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University Art Gallery
Tufts Art Gallery, located in the Aidekman Arts
Center, is dedicated to conceiving and presenting
contemporary art exhibitions and educational
programs that support the academic and civic ideals
of the University.
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The Center for the Humanities At
The Center for the Humanities At Tufts (CHAT)
promotes critical reflection on and exploration of the significance of the
humanities and the arts for Tufts and its surrounding communities, encouraging
discourse between humanists and artists, on the one hand, and other Tufts
academics, on the other.
The Department of Art & Art History
The Department of Art & Art History offers manifold
opportunities to critically engage with the study of art from a
multidisciplinary and transcultural perspective. Located in the greater Boston
area Tufts is an ideal place to study the history of art. Faculty's expertise
and research spans many different areas and thus informs the vibrancy of our
undergraduate and graduate program. Small classes allow students to work closely
with faculty and learn about their work. Students also have the chance to get
involved in the work of the university
gallery or visit the many prominent museums in the Boston
area like the Fogg, the Busch-Reisinger, the Isabella
Stewart Gardner, the Institute
of Contemporary Art or Boston's
of Fine Arts for which Tufts students get free admittance due
to an institutional membership.
The Tufts University Music Engineering program includes
courses in music theory and composition, music technology, acoustic and
electronic instrument design, music recording and production, analog and digital
electronics, computer programming, fluid mechanics, acoustics, vibration,
automation, materials engineering, and sound sculpture. The program co-directors are Lecturer Paul Lehrman in the Department of
Music and Professor Chris Rogers in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
The program is administered by the School of Engineering, but is open to all
undergraduate and graduate students.
Communications and Media Studies
Communications and Media Studies (CMS) is an interdisciplinary program designed to educate Tufts
students about mass media and communications within a liberal arts curriculum. Thirty years
after its inception, the program continues to focus on the role of media in the United States
and internationally. In an era in which knowledge about people and events comes primarily from
mass media and social media, responsible citizens increasingly need to understand the historical,
social, and cultural significance of film, print, digital, and electronic media.
The Experimental College
Long a center for creative innovation in the undergraduate curriculum, the Experimental College
has been the home for filmmaking at Tufts since the 1960s. This is a tradition that continues
today through the ExCollege program, TuftsFilmWorks. In addition, the ExCollege initially
housed the Dance program and, for the last twenty years, has also housed the Communications
and Media Studies minor.