About VASI

“VASI helped me to ‘train’ my eyes and notice things that are vital as an artist which I probably would never have learned before.”

“Most of my current portfolio comes from VASI. I honestly don’t know what I would’ve done without that previous work! I was awarded Merit Scholarships at three different art schools when I applied, and I owe most of it to VASI and my summer at BU.”

–Recent VASI alumni

The Boston University School of Visual Arts’ Summer Institute offers high school students (ages 15–18) an intensive four-week visual arts program designed to help students build exceptional portfolios. Whether preparing portfolios for college admission or simply working to improve technical abilities, students are introduced to a full range of materials and methods used in professional artistic practice.

In addition to classes and studio time, students visit and study works of art in area museums, participate in special workshops in new art media, and experience summer in Boston.  Students earn three college credits at the program’s completion, and leave the program with photographs of their work ready to be included in their portfolios.

VASI classes are held at the Boston University College of Fine Arts, located on the Charles River Campus.  Faculty for VASI are drawn from the faculty of the School of Visual Arts and is comprised of committed artists who are exceptional teachers.