Plan your CFA 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 (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.
To learn more or 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 and 1 pm.
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.
Preliminary Portfolio Reviews
BU School of Visual Arts at National Portfolio Days
Boston University School of Visual Arts is a proud member of the National Portfolio Day Association and will be attending many events around the country this year:
9/29: Dallas, TX
9/30: Houston, TX
10/21: Boston, MA
11/10: New York City, NY
11/17: Atlanta, GA
11/18: Charlotte, NC
1/26: Miami, FL
1/27: Sarasota, FL
Please check the National Portfolio Day Association website to find out if we will be at an event near you.
Individual Portfolio Reviews & Campus Visits
There is no better way to know if a college is going to be the right fit than visiting. Prospective students are encouraged to schedule an individual visit. Portfolio reviews are available by appointment during individual visits should a reviewer be available.
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 email@example.com.
MFA Painting and Sculpture Open House
Tuesday, November 6, 6 pm
Join current students and faculty for our Tuesday Night Lecture series on Tuesday, November 6th. Learn more about our studios, the people, and the pillars of the MFA Painting and Sculpture program. Click here to register.
MFA Graphic Design Open House
Friday, November 2
5 pm: MFA and Graduate Certificate Info Session
6-8 pm: Open Studios
Join the current Graphic Design students and faculty for a showcase of student work in our beautiful MFA studios. Click here to register.
National Portfolio Day
We will be attending the Graduate National Portfolio Day in Boston on October 27 and in New York City on October 28. You can find all of the details for these events here. Faculty representatives from Painting, Sculpture, and Graphic Design will be in attendance.