Bach­elor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art to be Offered

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity today announced the cre­ation of two joint degree pro­grams with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA). Begin­ning in fall 2007, North­eastern and SMFA will offer a Bach­elor of Fine Arts (BFA) and a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Studio Art.

Our new joint degree pro­grams with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, will offer stu­dents the unique oppor­tu­nity to be part of an aca­d­emic com­mu­nity com­mitted to excel­lence while also having access to instruc­tors at one of the finest art schools in the world,” said North­eastern Pres­i­dent, Joseph Aoun. “This will be the first of many part­ner­ships we estab­lish with the great cul­tural insti­tu­tions on the Avenue of the Arts, throughout the city, and beyond.” The blending of class­room and studio expe­ri­ence embedded in this pro­gram is indica­tive of Northeastern’s long-​​standing com­mit­ment to expe­ri­en­tial education.

This part­ner­ship brings together the resources of three of the great edu­ca­tional and cul­tural insti­tu­tions on the Avenue of the Arts,” said Mal­colm Rogers, Ann and Graham Gund Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. “We look for­ward to sharing the world-​​renowned col­lec­tion of art at the MFA and the exper­tise of SMFA fac­ulty with the artists and museum cura­tors, con­ser­va­tors, and admin­is­tra­tors of the future.”

Deb­orah H. Dluhy, Dean of the School and Deputy Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, said, “We are excited by the oppor­tu­ni­ties this new part­ner­ship offers and look for­ward to our col­lab­o­ra­tion with North­eastern Uni­ver­sity. We antic­i­pate a mutu­ally enriching exchange.”

Both pro­grams will con­sider appli­ca­tions for admis­sion in Fall 2007 from Northeastern’s cur­rent appli­ca­tion pool. Admis­sions coun­selors at North­eastern will iden­tify appro­priate stu­dents and inform them of the pro­grams and accep­tance will be con­tin­gent upon staff from North­eastern and SMFA reviewing the artistic and aca­d­emic poten­tial of each appli­cant. Degrees will be con­ferred by the University.

About North­eastern:

Founded in 1898, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is a pri­vate research uni­ver­sity located in the heart of Boston. North­eastern is a leader in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research, urban engage­ment, and the inte­gra­tion of class­room learning with real-​​world expe­ri­ence. The university’s dis­tinc­tive coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion pro­gram, where stu­dents alter­nate semes­ters of full-​​time study with semes­ters of paid work in fields rel­e­vant to their pro­fes­sional inter­ests and major, is one of the largest and most inno­v­a­tive in the world. The Uni­ver­sity offers a com­pre­hen­sive range of under­grad­uate and grad­uate pro­grams leading to degrees through the doc­torate in six under­grad­uate col­leges, eight grad­uate schools, and two part-​​time divi­sions. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit www​.north​eastern​.edu.

About the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston:

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is rec­og­nized for the quality and scope of its ency­clo­pedic col­lec­tion, which includes an esti­mated 450,000 objects. The Museum’s col­lec­tion is made up of: Art of the Amer­icas; Art of Europe; Con­tem­po­rary Art; Art of Asia, Oceania and Africa; Art of the Ancient World; Prints, Draw­ings and Pho­tographs; Tex­tile and Fashion Arts; and Musical Instru­ments. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit www​.mfa​.org.

About the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston:

Founded in 1876 and accred­ited by the National Asso­ci­a­tion of Schools of Art and Design, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA), is one of the largest and oldest museum schools in the country. A divi­sion of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the School offers under­grad­uate and grad­uate degree pro­grams in part­ner­ship with North­eastern and Tufts uni­ver­si­ties. SMFA also offers an all-​​studio four-​​year Diploma and one-​​year Fifth Year and Post-​​Baccalaureate cer­tifi­cates. Through Con­tin­uing Edu­ca­tion, evening and weekend courses and art-​​making pro­grams for adults and teenagers also are avail­able. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit www​.smfa​.edu.