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Tufts University Officially Owns the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, is now called the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University (SMFA at Tufts).
The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, is now called the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University (SMFA at Tufts).
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On Friday, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, is being declared as a portion of Tufts University's School of Arts and Sciences.

The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, is now called the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University (SMFA at Tufts). The institution is being both part of a major research university and officially attached to a world-class museum, Tufts Now reported.

In corroborating of the said declaration, on December 22, 2015, the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University signed a memorandum of understanding. In  which the terms of the agreement stated that the Tufts University would assume ownership and operation of the school starting July 1, based on the report of Artnet.

Nancy Bauer, dean of the SMFA at Tufts and an academic dean and philosophy professor in Tufts' School of Arts and Sciences, stated that she feels sure of the truth that arts education is absolutely important to Tufts.

Bauer also said that she is concerned about promoting the arts on campus, about creativity and getting out of the box mentality. As artists truly emphasized to people on how to be progressive, communicative and provocative.

However, as of July 1, all students of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, new or returning, will be considered as Tufts University students. And these students can fully engage in all aspects of Tufts' campus life - which includes academic and co-curricular resources, student activities and study abroad.

While the 2016-2017 school year's admissions process is closed, students who seek to enroll in future SMFA at Tufts programs can make a formal application through the Tufts Office of Admissions.

And the Tufts' Medford or Somerville campus, as well as in Boston, will continue to offer studio art courses. Tufts University assumed a long-term lease at 230 the Fenway - for  studio, gallery, classroom, office and social spaces.

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