Dual Degree Program & Intra University Transfer

Dual Degree

Sophomores who have achieved a 3.0 GPA or higher may be eligible to complete a dual degree between CFA and another college at BU. Students must meet with the dual degree advisor in the CFA Dean’s Office as well as an academic representative of the secondary college to plan an appropriate schedule. The Dual Degree Program is a rigorous course of study, requiring superior time-management skills. The program typically requires five years to complete; however, students may shorten this time by using transfer credits, AP and IB scores, and semester course overloads. Students outside of CFA will need to audition and/or have portfolio review for admission into DDP. See below for details.


Intra-University Transfer

A 2.0 GPA is required to be artistically evaluated for transfer into CFA.
Click here to review transfer requirements for the School of Music.

Application Deadlines

The College of Fine Arts offers auditions and portfolio reviews at specific times throughout the year.

School of Music:
To add the dual degree or transfer to the School of Music from another school or college within Boston University as a Bachelor of Music degree candidate, you must submit your Interest Form by the following deadlines:

  • For January admission: November 1, 2017
  • For September admission: January 2, 2018

All IUT & Dual Degree applicants to the School of Music must submit the Interest Form as well as complete the following requirements based on their major of interest:

  • All Performance, Music Education, and Musicology applicants must perform a live audition.
  • Musicology applicants must submit a research paper in addition to the audition.
  • Composition applicants must submit a composition portfolio and may choose to audition on their primary instrument if they wish to study with an applied faculty member. Composition applicants who do not successfully place into an applied faculty member’s studio or who do not wish to take a primary studio audition will enter the piano track and may study with an advanced graduate student on piano. This piano track focuses on the keyboard skills necessary as a composer, and not those of a performer.

School of Music Auditions
For Spring 2018 admission, auditions will take place November 17, 2017 and December 8, 2017.

For Fall 2018 admission, please see our audition schedule (per instrument) under “Schedule a Boston Audition*”

*Applicants in voice, violin, cello, trumpet, flute, and piano will find Boston audition dates under “Submit a Prescreening Recording”

*The prescreening requirement is waived for all IUT and Dual Degree applicants; to request a prescreen waiver, please email us atvisitSOM@bu.edu.

All applicants must schedule auditions through our online portal. For details please contact Katie Luellen, Director of Admissions.


School of Theatre auditions:

IUT and DDP students accepted Fall only for School of Theatre. Auditions are held in April. Please contact Brian Dudley for details.


School of Visual Arts portfolio submissions:

Please attend our information session on September 29th at 12:30 pm in Room 500 at the College of Fine Arts! RSVP to Beth Zerega, Assistant Director of the School of Visual Arts.

Portfolios are to consist of at least fifteen (15) and not more than twenty (20) samples of work. Each portfolio should include at least three (3) examples of drawing from direct observation, including a portrait or self-portrait. Portfolios consisting solely of photography or graphic design are not acceptable.

Portfolios are reviewed on a rolling basis, however, official admission in the program takes place April 1 for Fall and December 1 for Spring. Portfolio deadline is November 14th for Spring 2017.

Portfolios can be submitted via email to Beth Zerega. The applicant’s name, BUID, and intended Visual Arts major should be included with the portfolio. The best way to submit the portfolio is as a link to an online photo album or website. Examples of free website platforms that may work well for creating an online portfolio include Flickr, Tumblr, or Wix. Students are encouraged to schedule a meeting with Beth Zerega prior to submitting their portfolio to discuss the application process and the degree requirements of their intended Visual Arts major.

Application Procedure & Artistic Evaluation

If you are interested in studying at the College of Fine Arts, you will need to audition or have a portfolio review to be considered for transfer (for both intra university transfer and dual degree program).

To start the process, please complete the online Dual Degree/Intra University Transfer Interest Form. Once you complete this form, someone from the school will contact you regarding your audition or portfolio review.

Artistic Evaluation Contacts

School of Music: Barbara Raney
School of Theatre – Performance: Mccaela Donovan
School of Theatre – Design and Production: Jon Savage
School of Visual Arts: Beth Zerega

Required Paperwork

(for students artistically admitted to the College of Fine Arts)

Once you have been artistically admitted (successful evaluation of audition or portfolio) you will work closely with Alyssa Baker, Director of Student Services, to complete paperwork and update your record.

Students in CFA looking to transfer to Questrom:

Fall 2017 IUT Information Sessions:

  • Monday, September 18 3:30–4:30 HAR105
  • Monday, September 25 3:30-4:30 HAR105
  • Wednesday, October 4 5:15–6:15 HAR315
  • Wednesday, October 11 5:15-6:15 HAR315
  • Thursday, October 12 11:00-noon TBD*
  • Wednesday, November 1 2:30-3:30 HAR208
  • Wednesday, November 15 2:30-3:30 HAR208
  • Tuesday, December 5 12:30-1:30 TBD*

*For more information and updated locations, visit http://questromworld.bu.edu/udc/transfers/transfers-within-bu/.