IX. SMFA Policies

Animal Policy

The use or possession of dead animals is not permitted on School property under any circumstances, including personal art work. Students or other members of the community who are considering the use of dead animals in their work must do so off of School grounds.

Live animals are not allowed in the buildings without special permission from Student Affairs (ex. animals that assist persons with disabilities or animals used in the classroom as part of the curriculum). Requests for use of animals as part of the curriculum or for therapeutic purposes must be made in writing to the Assistant Dean of Students Affairs for the SMFA at Tufts. 

Storage of Art

Every student is responsible for the safety and storage of his or her own artwork. Availability of storage space varies within each of the studio areas and classrooms. The areas and/or faculty who teach in the space supervise all available storage. Any work left in any studio storage space or common area during the academic year must have permission to be stored there by Student Affairs, and must be clearly labeled with name, contact information, and end-dates for storage to prevent against loss, damage, and/or theft. Artwork may not be stored in corridors or other public areas and neither artwork or performance pieces should block stairways, public entrances, or fire exits. In addition, installations/paintings should not be placed or stored in the faculty/student mailbox area or in the administrative offices area. Consult with a faculty or staff member if you are uncertain about how and where to work on or to store projects. 

End-of-Year Removal of Art

Students are expected to remove all artwork from the building by the last day of Review Boards of the spring semester, including from lockers. There is no summer or long-term storage for artwork in any SMFA at Tufts building, including all designated studio areas (except for continuing MFA students, who may maintain their studios). Any space used for an installation/painting must be returned to its original state immediately following removal. Artwork left in the building past the removal deadline will become the property of SMFA at Tufts and may be discarded or donated at the school’s discretion. 

Use of Found Objects and Materials in School Buildings

Found objects and materials (furniture, bicycles, equipment, fabrics, paper, plant, animal life, etc.) should not be brought into the building, regardless of intended use, if there is any possibility of fire, contamination, infestation, or other general health and safety concerns. Federal and state health and safety regulations forbid any furniture in the building that is not California Fire Code (CAL 133) rated. 

Permission to Work in Galleries and Copying Paintings and images at MFA

Drawing and sketching: Drawing with pencils and erasers is permitted. Drawing boards and sketchpads are permitted, but must be 18” x 24” or smaller. Copying in watercolors, crayons, pastels, or charcoal is not permitted.

Painting: Only paintings owned by the MFA may be copied. A permit is required to use oils or acrylics, and/or to use an easel in the Museum. Permits may be obtained by appointment only by contacting the Museum at 617-369- 3484 (Art of Europe) or 617-369-3507 (Art of the Americas).

Please check http://www.mfa.org/visit/plan-your-visit/tips-visitors for additional information, including an extensive policy on photography.

Studio/Area-specific Access

Film & Animation Studios:

Students registered in Film area classes have access to Film facilities and equipment. Students who have previously completed coursework in the area may also request access. Extended access to equipment and facilities is subject to the need for maintenance of the equipment and facilities, and may be requested by application to the Studio monitors.  Schedules will be posted in the area. Some facilities are unavailable while classes are meeting. Graduate students may apply for access during the summer. Other students may apply for summer access only while summer classes are in session. Students enrolled in summer classes have priority for use of equipment and facilities during the summer.

Video Studio:

Video: A student must be registered for a Video area class or have completed a project-specific proposal for instructor approval in order to be granted access to video equipment. Students may work in the area only when a monitor is present; typically weeknights from 5–10 pm. Please see the area schedule for specific hours.

Mon-Thurs:  12-2 and 5-10

Fri: 12-2

Sat: 12-5

Photography Studios:

PHOTO DARKROOM – B011

Access Policy:

•       Students must be cleared on the Photo Area Health and Safety Guidelines before using the darkrooms.

•       Courses may be using the darkrooms during the week.

•       Printing equipment is available at the Media Stockroom.

•       Overnights: Graduate, post-bac, and advanced undergrad students by permission of faculty and Studio Manager. There must be at least two students present who have been trained by the Studio Manager on health-and-safety procedures.

PHOTO D LAB – B019

Photography: Only students who are currently enrolled in a photo class or who have successfully completed introductory and intermediate photo classes may have access to Photo area equipment and the darkrooms. Overnight access is approved for students who demonstrate a thorough competence in darkroom practices, abide by all darkroom rules, and clean up after themselves. Overnights must be on a buddy system. Access to the advanced darkroom is granted solely by permission of the studio manager and is contingent upon proper use and cleanup of the darkroom area. Equipment may not be checked out during the winter and summer breaks. There is also no darkroom access during the winter and summer breaks. The darkrooms will remain open during holidays and spring break on a schedule to be posted each semester. Graduate students who have previously been cleared for access may apply to use the Media 100 and graduate darkrooms during winter and summer breaks.

Access Policy:

•       Access is limited to students who are enrolled in or have taken a Photography course.

•       Overnights: Lab Monitors, graduate, post-bac, and advanced undergrad students by permission of faculty and Studio Manager. There must be at least two student present, one of whom is a Lab Monitor.

•       Courses may be using labs during the week.

•       D-lab hours may be subject to change depending on courses and review boards.

PHOTO PROJECT STUDIO – B003

Access Policy:

•       Overnight allowed for graduate, post bac, and advanced undergraduate students with authorization. There must be at least two students present during overnights.

Print, Paper, Graphic Arts Studios:

The Printmaking Studios are available for use to currently registered SMFA students who:

Are currently enrolled in a printmaking course or who have previously been enrolled in a printmaking course AND

Have completed the mandatory safety and policy orientation offered in class at the beginning of each semester AND have read the Printmaking Student handbook, signed the Responsibility and Safety Agreement Form, and returned the signed form to the Studio Manager.

Students who wish to use the studio while a class is in session, but are not enrolled in that class, must get the studio manager’s approval.

The Printmaking Studio is usually unlocked by 9am on weekdays by the studio manager and 10am on weekends by a student monitor. Unless there is a night class, on most weekdays there will be a student monitor from 6 to 9 PM. Students are allowed to be in the studio beyond 9 PM, but all electrical tools and special equipment will be locked without a student monitor present. Students must be out of the printmaking studio by midnight on both weekdays and weekends. In special circumstances, students may request an overnight form, but will need the form to be signed and approved by either their current printmaking instructor or the studio manager. It is mandatory that there are 2 persons in the shop for overnights due to safety purposes. 

If the door is locked, the key is available at the security desk for check-out by students who are approved for access and with valid identification.

Graphic Arts Advanced Studio:

Access to the Graphic Arts Advanced Studio is limited to those whose name is on a list of advanced students approved to check out the key from the Media Stock Room. Access is also dependent upon students adhering to GRA area guidelines regarding access, which includes regular class attendance.

Paper Making Studio:

You must be currently enrolled in a papermaking class. Even if you have previously taken a papermaking class, you still must obtain special permission from Michelle Samour to utilize the studio. If a class is in session, and you are not enrolled in that class, you CANNOT use the papermaking studio during that time. 

Access to the beater room is only during monitor hours. Monitor hours are posted each semester. Students must be out of the papermaking studio by midnight on both weekdays and weekends. In special circumstances, students may request an overnight form, but will need the form to be signed and approved by either Michelle Samour or the studio manager (me). Overnights MUST be done in pairs. It is mandatory that there are 2 persons in the shop for overnights due to safety purposes. 

If the door is locked, the key is available at the security desk for check-out by students who are approved for access and with valid identification.

Screen Shop:

Students must be enrolled in a screen printing course currently or have special permission from the studio manager and/or Jennifer Schmidt to use the shop.

Students who are enrolled in a course are included on an access list and may check out the key from the security guard during hours when the monitor is not present. 

Students with access are only allowed to use the exposure unit during the hours when there is a monitor on duty. Hours are posted each semester. 

No overnights allowed in the screen studio. 

We do not allow alumni access in any of the studios. If you are a Masters of Fine Arts student who just graduated in May, you may request access for that immediate summer with the studio manager. 

During the summer, only continuing graduate students and recently graduated Masters of Fine Arts students may request for access to the studios within the department. 

Mac Lab:

8:30am to 10pm Monday - Thursday. (Student Monitor from 5pm to 10pm- (5hrs))

8:30am to 6pm Fridays (Student Monitor from 1pm to 6 pm- (5 hrs))

8:30 am to 6pm Saturdays (Student monitor whole shift- (7.5 hrs))

12 Noon to 6pm Sundays (Student monitor whole shift- (6hrs))

Two people must be in the space at a time.

Advanced Production Lab hours:

Monday 12pm-9pm

Tuesday 12pm-9pm

Wednesday 12pm-9pm

Thursday 12pm-9pm

Friday 12pm-6pm

Saturday 9am-6pm

Media Stockroom:

Media Stockroom is open 8:30am-10pm Monday through Thursday, 8:30am-6pm on Friday, and 12-6pm on Saturday

Ceramics: The Ceramics area is open to all currently enrolled matriculated students who have taken or are taking the appropriate entry level courses in the area. Access to clay is granted only to students who are currently enrolled in Ceramics classes. All firing of kilns is done by area staff or faculty; students are not permitted to fire kilns on their own.

Metals: The Metals area is open to all currently enrolled matriculated students who have taken (or are taking) the appropriate entry level courses in the area. Evening access is available on a limited basis and can only take place with a Metals area monitor present.  No Overnight Access Allowed.

Plaster Room: The Plaster Room is part of the Sculpture area and is open to all currently enrolled matriculated students who have taken (or are taking) the appropriate entry level courses in the area.

Sound: Access to the Sound studios is granted to students enrolled in Sound area courses. Priority is given to advanced students who have previously been granted access. Individuals who have successfully completed Sound I may apply for continued access to Sound area equipment in the Media Stock Room without being currently enrolled in a class (subject to equipment limitations). Project proposals must be reviewed and approved by the faculty. The area is open one evening per week to Sound area students for basic sound help. The Studio Manager will be available via email or phone for appointments on weekdays when school is in session. Access to the equipment is restricted to times when the technician is present. Graduate students who meet the access requirements can apply for access to equipment in the Media Stock Room and to the studios during the times when a Studio Manager is present.

Welding: The Welding Studio is part of the Sculpture area and is open to all currently enrolled matriculated students who have taken (or are taking) the appropriate entry level courses in the area. Students are allowed in the space only when a monitor is present.  No Overnight Access Allowed.

Wood Shop: The Wood Shop is part of the Sculpture area and is open to all currently enrolled matriculated students who have taken (or are taking) the appropriate entry level courses in the area. Students are allowed in the space only when a monitor is present.  No Overnight Access Allowed.

After-hours Access

See our After-Hours Access page for information about After-hours Access.

Permission to Exhibit/Display Art in Common Spaces

Students who wish to make or exhibit artwork in common areas (atrium, hallways, catwalks, front and back courtyards, balconies, restrooms, elevators, and administrative offices) must complete and return the Approval for Use of Common Space Form (available at Student Affairs) to Student Affairs in advance of the work being done (excluding installations being scheduled by Exhibitions). Student Affairs will review the request and if necessary make recommendations for changes to address any concerns. Pending approval, completed forms are signed and returned to the student for posting on the site where the work is done. Please allow for adequate time for your request to process. It may take up to a week.

The health and safety of all community members are the first priority when considering approval for a project in common areas. City, State, and Federal regulations and codes must be followed in order to protect building occupants from harm and to protect the School from risk of fines and/or penalties.

Please follow these basic guidelines when considering artwork for common spaces:

• Artwork cannot block hallways, doorways, or other means of egress. Work done in hallways should be no more than 18” out from the wall. A 4’ path must be maintained in any hallway.

• In general, no artwork is permitted in any of the stairwells. These are designated fire egresses and are highly scrutinized by the city codes inspector. Some 2-dimensional works are possible, but they must present no threat of fire or create any impediment to exiting the space.

• Materials used on projects must be environmentally safe and must present no health risk to those in the vicinity.

The School reserves the right to impose conditions or require the student to adapt the artwork if it poses perceived potential danger to the artist or others. If conditions are imposed, they must be met; failure to do so will result in removal of the work.

Students may be asked to refine or revise their requests in cases where a more detailed outline is needed of installation methods and requirements.

Students are responsible for returning the space back to its original conditions. No permanent structural changes may be made to the space without prior permission. Painting materials for restoring areas are available from Facilities if needed.

Upon final approval from Student Affairs, you will be issued an official notice for your work. You must post the notice in close proximity of your artwork or we cannot guarantee that the work will not be removed. Artwork done in common areas that has not been approved will be removed. 

Audio Devices

The working environment needs to be a place in which all students can focus on their work without unnecessary interruptions or disruptions. Open-air audio devices and musical instruments in the studios infringe on the rights of students to work in an atmosphere conducive to critical thinking and art-making. Any student who wishes to use any audio devices that are not directly related to their studio work must use headphones or earphones and receive permission from the faculty member.