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School of the Museum of Fine Arts-Boston Reviews

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  • 07/15/2009

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    5 out of 6 people found this review useful. 1 of 4

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school was very black and white. You either fit with one crowd or you fit with the other crowd. The students are either incredibly stuck up or they are the biggest hippies. I personally had no problem making friends just make sure these types of people don't annoy you. I mean there are also the loner type which I was for a while and there is nothing wrong with that either.

    Tips for prospective students

    Housing was a big issue for me. Freshman are the only ones that receive dorms, that is, if you are lucky and don't live in-state. After that you have to find your own place to live and Boston isn't cheap.

    Bang for the buck

    My parents are divorced and I only have one parent attempting to help me financially but the fact that she is unable to help with college and despite the fact I was awarded good scholarships, this school was still incredibly expensive.

    Did enjoy being here

    I commuted two hours everyday (both ways) to get to school therefore despite the fact this was my number one choice, I'd get to school drained and wanting to go home.

    Did learn a lot

    The professors love what they are teaching and therefore get involved in everything you do. They are always willing to help with projects and they give good feedback. The academics that are taken through Tufts are also excellent as well. The professors there are also always willing to help and seem to answer your emails within the hour every time.

  • 08/23/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 2 of 4

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you like to walk, or if you are not afraid of four seasons and trying new things.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you don't like being in a busy city, this school is not for you. But Boston is a city full of colleges, and history, which makes it a perfect place for scholars.

    Bang for the buck

    Being a first born Caucasian female coming from a stable income, I received more money from the school than I thought I would have. But overall the school is very expensive and there are only a few scholarships that can be applied for.

    Am enjoying being here

    Yes.

    Am learning a lot

    I just completed my first year at SMFA and I feel that I learned a lot about the art world in just two semesters. The teachers are all very knowledgeable and passionate about their subjects. I felt that all of my teachers were very helpful. There are an abundance of classes, and other students are always willing to help one another out. I felt that the review board process helped at the end of each semester to better myself and my classmates as artists. If you don't learn anything in class there are tons of artists lectures, and the city has plenty to offer.

  • 09/28/2010

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 3 of 4

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    It is REALLY expensive - like $50,000. I think its more like $55,000 now. That's one of the reasons I left. My new school gave me a lot more money.

    Did enjoy being here

    It was really hard for me to get the classes I wanted. I tried to get into Photo I for three semesters and gave up. Also it was almost impossible to get a studio. It's fun at the school during the day, but after 5 pm when classes end everyone goes their own way. There are very few activities going on for students. They really need to improve their student activities department. At my new school we have activities every day. Also, there are only a few dorm spaces and only dorms for freshmen. A lot of freshmen were lonely. My roommate also transferred.

    Did learn a lot

    Some of my professors were good. That's the best thing about the place that the teachers really care about the students. The school doesn't do almost any technical training. I heard a lot of other kids say the same thing.

  • 12/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 of 4

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    You have to have your id card to get into every building. Otherwise the security guard will escort you to the office to get a new one.

    Clubs and Activities

    All the clubs are at Tufts university

    What to do for fun

    Alot, there are tons of activities that are constantly going on. Plays, exhibitions, galleries, First Fridays, all posted up on the walls of the school.

    Food and Dining

    Pretty pricy. Good sushi though.

    Dorm Life

    Unknown. Will transfer

    Tips for prospective students

    Wentworth's food is cheaper, and has a huge library. SMFA teachers are really down to earth, go to them for help. The financial aid/housing department is reliable and a huge help. Housing manager will help you get places off campus. You get free access to the museum, and several discounts on the other local museums (Gardner, Science). There are several local art stores, (Blick for one), that may be cheaper than the school store.

    In three sentences

    Honestly, a good school with great resources. I have access to any of the local school's libraries and can take any of their classes (I.e, Wentworth, MassArt, Northeastern). The only thing that is an everyday struggle is the technology, where everyone has a mac and works on it, and the hardware at the school constantly has issues.