BOSTON >> The Berklee College of Music and the Boston Conservatory have agreed to merge into one school focusing on music, dance and theater.

The schools announced on Tuesday that their governing bodies had unanimously agreed to the deal, six months after they began exploring a merger. The neighboring schools have started an accreditation review process that is expected to be finished early this year. The combined school will be known simply as Berklee.

The schools said the merger will give students a chance to explore new art forms amid a convergence of music, movement and digital technology.

Fundraising campaigns will also be combined, with a goal of $121 million.

The schools have collaborated informally for decades. Their leaders say the merger could spark a surge in student-led collaborations.