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The Arts@Tufts

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 our classes.

  • 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, Daybreak.

  • 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 collaboratively.

  • 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 Music Center's calendar for more information.

  • The 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 literate. Learn more >

  • Tufts 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. Learn more >

  • The Center for the Humanities At Tufts (CHAT)
    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 renown Museum of Fine Arts for which Tufts students get free admittance due to an institutional membership.

  • Music Engineering
    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.