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School of the Museum of Fine Arts

Since 1876, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, has been educating artists by providing them with the respect and freedom they need to develop.

Located in Boston’s Fenway cultural district, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA), is a unique institution, dedicated to educating artists and focused on fostering creative investigation, risk-taking, and individual vision. We do this by emphasizing studio practice and by offering students an unusual amount of freedom in their coursework.

At the Museum School, you’ll find exceptional teachers who are expert mentors—all of them working artists. You’ll find cutting-edge art-making; enviable relationships with Tufts University and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and an extraordinary heritage of launching great artists.

Each of our eight programs of study has its own emphasis, but each resounds with the intensity that comes from the exploration of ideas by a community of nearly 1,000 artists.

The Film/Animation area offers a range of courses that build critical, conceptual, and technical skills in production and post-production in all genres and gauges, including single-screen and multiple projection. Seminar courses examine film and animation’s history through contemporary thought, aesthetic and historical movements, and cultural practice.

Whether hand-processing celluloid, shooting with the Bolex or 24-frame Panasonic digital camera, editing on the Steenbecks or in the Avid suite, animating images frame-by-frame or projecting two screens side by side, you will work with both traditional and cutting-edge processes. We encourage individual projects, and advanced students are encouraged to finish on to film, enabled by our Oxberry animation stand, JK optical printer, matchback capabilities in digital post, and the 16mm developer and contact printer. You also have the option to produce digitally in Final Cut Pro, Pro Tools, Avid, and Flash in our individual and group edit suites.

Screenings and visiting artists and critics are a regular part of the semester, providing exposure to a wide variety of contemporary, personal, and experimental works.

School name:School of the Museum of Fine Arts
Address:230 The Fenway
Zip & city:MA 02115 Massachusetts
Phone:(617) 267-6100

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