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SMFA is a private university. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 287 undergraduate students. The SMFA acceptance rate is 81%. Graduating 58% of students, SMFA alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $22,700.
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230 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115
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$41,554/ year
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Excellent teachers and a great place for an artist who is already confident in their abilities and simply needs space and support to further pursue their practice. For all the young artist and designers who are interested in learning the gamut of creative possibilities and career paths that creative professional follow, please look to other universities and colleges. The school does little to prepare students for life after graduation other than to pursue a full time studio practice with affiliations with higher education institutions or art galleries and museums.

But for those that are already passionate and confident with their practice will enjoy the relaxed vibe and intellectual headspace the school promotes.
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The SMFA directive is "Make big work. Get into museums. Put our name out there."
Professors had clear favorites. As an older student, I was invisible. You have to fight for attention, studios etc. The quality of instruction varies in extremes. I loved the dedicated staff, however. They are terrific.

Although I practiced art throughout my life, the SMFA took the passion right out of me.
I feel that this school has made it extremely hard for me to hold onto the passion and love that I have for the arts. I was so excited for a place that marketed itself as a small and tight knit community of driven students who strove for their own excellence as well as encouraging that of those around them. Faculty are often times unhelpful and lax distracted by whatever else holds their passion more than their job. I think thats fine but the school has a tendency to hold on to these faculty and dismiss the faculty that challenges the mediocrity that is encouraged in the school environment. It's taken all that's in me to even want to continue and just finish out my education. The only thing keeping me going is that it will end soon. There have been a few professors and peers who have made my time there at least worthwhile enough to stay and try to change the environment but this has been so discouraged by the community at large that I struggle just to hold onto my love for creative arts and what I know it can do for people when effective.