Come for a Visit
The College of Fine Arts at Boston University offers conservatory-style arts training within a challenging, research-driven university. The best way to experience our vibrant arts community is to come for a campus visit. While here, you can meet with faculty, students, and admissions personnel who can give you insight and answer questions about the application process.
Below, you will find information specific to each school within the College of Fine Arts. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact the CFA Dean’s Office at 617-353-3350.
School of Music
The School of Music offers information sessions several times per week, excluding University holidays.
Appointments are available most Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons at 2:30 p.m.
During these information sessions, prospective students and their families are given an overview of the School’s programs and have the opportunity to ask questions. In order to get the most out of a campus visit, prospective students and their families are also encouraged to schedule a general BU campus tour and information session through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. BU Admissions does not make arrangements for individual meetings with members of the faculty, but prospective students who are interested in lessons or meetings with faculty are encouraged to contact faculty directly.
To schedule a tour and information session, please fill out the form located here, or call at (617)353-3341.
Directions & Parking
For a map and directions to the School of Music, please click here. Metered street parking is available along Commonwealth Avenue and directly outside the building. However, we recommend that visitors park in the Agganis Arena Parking Garage, which is located just a block away from the School of Music.
We’ll visit you, too!
The School of Music will have a representative at various locations following College fairs during the summer and fall. Please click here to see the list of locations.
The School of Music does not offer accommodations; however, you may find the following list of hotels in our area helpful.
School of Theatre
Information sessions for our Undergraduate programs in Acting, Design, Production, Stage Management, and Theatre Arts are generally available daily, Monday through Friday, at 11am and 2pm (some exceptions apply). Information sessions are not available on weekends or University holidays.
These 45-to-60 minute comprehensive information sessions are conducted by a School of Theatre staff member or current student in our BFA program and are designed to answer many of the common questions posed by prospective students and their families, and offer prospective students the chance to ask any other specific questions they may have about our programs.
Undergraduate information sessions take place at the College of Fine Arts, 855 Commonwealth Ave, and include a tour of the CFA building. The new Joan & Edgar Booth Theatre & Boston University Production Center are slated to open in Fall 2017. While we are currently unable to tour that site as it is still an active construction site, we will provide information and renderings of the new Theatre Center during all information sessions.
To sign up for a session, please fill out the online form: SOT Information Session Sign-Up
Graduate Design, Production, and Management
Information sessions for our MFA Design, Production, and Management programs are offered by appointment only. Contact Mark Stanley.
Information sessions for our MFA Directing program are offered by appointment only. Contact Judy Braha.
Graduate Theatre Education
Information sessions for our MFA Theatre Education program are offered by appointment only. Contact Michael Kaye.
Boston University Tours
Prospective students are encouraged to explore the greater Boston University campus as part of their visits. The Boston University Office of Undergraduate Admissions offers campus tours, general information sessions, overnight campus visits, lunches with current students, and much more.
School of Visual Arts
Schedule a Tour
The School offers student-led tours of its undergraduate facilities during the academic year and summer. During these informal tours, the student guides provide prospective students and their parents with an overview of the School’s programs. Tours are 45 minutes to 1 hour in length.
Current Schedule: Monday–Friday at 11 am.
Please note that tours are not offered on weekends or University holidays.
Prospective students are also encouraged to attend an information session and campus tour through Undergraduate Admissions. To schedule an information session and tour, visit the Boston University Undergraduate Admissions Reception Center website or call 617-353-2318.
On-Campus Portfolio Feedback and Review Days
The Boston University School of Visual Arts offers Portfolio Feedback Sessions in the fall and Final Portfolio Reviews in January. Portfolio Feedback Sessions give students the chance to meet with a faculty member in order to fine-tune their portfolio before applying. They will be available as part of the Fall Visit Days hosted by BU Admissions on October 7th, 2016 and October 28th, 2016. Register for a Fall Visit Day. Final Portfolio Reviews are for applicants who choose to present their final admissions portfolio on campus in addition to submitting it online. All events give prospective students the opportunity to meet with faculty members and staff and to take student-led tours.
Spring Final Portfolio Review
On Monday, January 23 you may register to have your formal portfolio review completed on-campus with a School of Visual Arts faculty member. This review is optional. Please note that should you participate you must still submit your portfolio via Slideroom by February 1 to be considered for a School of Visual Arts merit award. In addition to the portfolio review, you will also have the opportunity to take a tour of our facilities and sit in on a foundation class. Register here.
All registrants will receive a confirmation email a week prior to the event with a detailed itinerary. Please contact Jessica Caccamo at email@example.com with any questions.
During the academic year, faculty members and currently enrolled graduate students are available to assist prospective students with questions about graduate programs. For information about contacting a departmental representative or to arrange to meet with a current student, please email Jessica Caccamo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more about our programs, visit our facilities and meet with students and faculty during our Fall Open Studios events.