Studio Arts—School of the Museum of Fine Arts, MFA

The Master of Fine Arts in Studio Arts is offered in conjunction with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA, Boston), adjacent to the Northeastern campus. The SMFA, Boston is part of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world, with a collection of nearly 450,000 works of fine art. Rigorous and highly selective, the studio art program seeks to prepare students for a career as a working artist or a faculty at the college level.

Students hone their practices through individual innovation, creative collaborations, informal mentorship, and academic discourse. Students are enrolled at both Northeastern University and the SMFA, Boston and graduate in two years with an MFA degree from Northeastern. Course work includes 44 semester hours of studio work and graduate seminars at SMFA, Boston and 16 hours of art history and academic electives at Northeastern. Students receive semiprivate studio spaces at the SMFA, Boston and access to SMFA, Boston faculty and equipment. A final thesis exhibition is required. This program is designed to prepare students for careers in art, museums, and cultural institutions. Students will also be well positioned to pursue academic careers. 

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Choose course work in consultation with the School of the Musuem of Fine Arts and Northeastern University faculty. 


Studio Electives
Complete 8 semester hours of studio art course work.8
Nonstudio Electives
Courses are selected under advisement of the graduate coordinator or faculty advisor. Courses may be from Art + Design or other colleges: 8
Contemporary Art Theory and Criticism
Issues in Contemporary Art
Visual Ideation
Postmodernism: Theory and Practice in the Visual Arts
Contemporary Visual Culture
Art and New Media: History and Theory
Special Topics in Art and Design History
The History of the Avant-Garde
Special Topics in Contemporary Art
Complete thesis requirement.
School of the Museum of Fine Arts Courses
Complete 44 semester hours of SMFA courses.44
SMFA 6000Museum of Fine Arts Studio1-12

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

60 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required

Year 1
SMFA 600012SMFA 600012
Northeastern course4Northeastern course4
End of semester review board0Establish thesis exhibit committee0
 End of semester review board0
 16 16
Year 2
SMFA 60008SMFA 60004
MFA thesis exhibition production4MFA thesis exhibition production4
Northeastern nonstudio elective4Northeastern nonstudio elective course4
End of semester review board0 Thesis exhibition presentation0
 End of semester review board0
 16 12
Total Hours: 60