Undergraduate Admission to the College of Fine Arts
Undergraduate applicants to the School of Music, the School of Theatre, and the School of Visual Arts apply through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and must meet the standards of admission to Boston University.
Standardized Test Requirements
Boston University does not require either the SAT or ACT for applicants to the College of Fine Arts. This is common practice among arts colleges, as standardized test scores do not relate to a student’s artistic talent and potential. However, applicants may choose to submit their scores if they feel they accurately reflect their academic ability.
Applicants to the College of Fine Arts will be considered for the Presidential Scholarship, whether or not they submit SAT/ACT scores, provided they apply by the December 1 Presidential deadline. The SAT/ACT is also not required for College of Fine Arts artistic scholarships.
Please note: Applicants who wish to be considered for any of BU’s full-tuition scholarships must submit SAT or ACT test results.
Please refer to the links below for information on program-specific details including audition and portfolio requirements. And keep track of important dates with this complete list of application deadlines.
This is where you (and your music) can thrive.
BU School of Music offers the best of both worlds: a focused, conservatory-style program and the opportunities of a major research university. Neither world is easy. One requires artistic intensity, the other academic commitment, and both demand critical thinking and discipline. This is where you’ll be educated not just as a musician, but as a leader, entrepreneur, advocate, and thinker.
The School of Music offers four majors:
• Bachelor of Music, Performance
• Bachelor of Music, Music Education
• Bachelor of Music, Composition & Theory
• Bachelor of Arts, Music
There’s no such thing as a solo act.
Every production requires a team. BU School of Theatre’s approach to horizontal education means that you’ll learn as much from your scene partner as from your teacher (who may, indeed, be your scene partner). It’s an intense experience that focuses on process, thrives on collaboration, and welcomes curiosity. As a complement to the artistic rigor, you’ll have meaningful exposure to the liberal arts. You’ll be challenged in every sense, but you won’t be alone. After all, this is an ensemble.
How To Apply
Freshman Core Programs
There’s a big difference between being an artist and having a career as one.
At BU School of Visual Arts, practical application and real-world skills are as important as the fundamentals of making art. Art is subjective. But there are also rules, techniques, and truisms that need to be mastered — before they can be discarded! That’s why a core component is teaching you to think critically. A philosophy focused on intense discipline means that you’ll learn to set goals, assess challenges, create strategies, and achieve outcomes.