Welcome to VASI!

It’s hard to believe it, but VASI ends in one short week! I have had such a wonderful time getting to know the students and seeing them fill our studios and classrooms with fabulous work.

To celebrate the accomplishments of this marvelous class, please join me at the VASI Exhibition, Thursday, July 23rd from 5:00-6:00pm in Gallery 5 located on the fifth floor of the College of Fine Arts (CFA) building, 855 Commonwealth Avenue.


Beth Zerega, VASI Director

617 353 3371

Move-Out Information


For the exhibition, there are metered spots along Commonwealth Ave in front of the CFA building, and there is parking available in the garage behind the Agganis Arena for $2 an hour. There is also metered parking located near Warren Towers on Bay State Road. The Warren Towers garage will not be available on Thursday and Friday during VASI move-out, but there is parking available in the Granby St lot across the street. Maps and more information are available at www.bu.edu/parking.


For students who are flying home, shipping work may make the most sense. There is a Fedex located in the base of the Warren Towers building at 115 Cummington Mall (617) 358-2679. The Cummington Mall location will only ship tubes of art, so if paintings are taken off the stretchers and rolled, Fed Ex will provide the tubes and coordinate the shipping. There is also a UPS located up the street at 1085 Commonwealth Ave (617) 254-7173. They are equipped to pack your work up in any state and can ship it internationally in 2-4 days. Please note that oil paint and solvents cannot be taken in checked or carry-on luggage, as they are considered flammable materials. For more information, please see: http://www.faa.gov/about/initiatives/hazmat_safety/.

Another option, particularly for more fragile pieces, can be to ship home some clothes or other items and then pack the artwork in a suitcase or take it as a carry-on item. The counselors and I are happy to answer questions about shipping work.


Students can depart on Thursday night after the close of the exhibition, or on Friday. Students with later flights on Friday are able to spend Friday afternoon in the Warren Towers common spaces before it’s time to leave for their flight.

Before leaving BU, students must:

  • Clean their studios and return them to their original condition (this may mean re-painting the walls, we will provide painting supplies)
  • Return the supplies that were provided to them (glass palette, mirror, silicoil jar, ceramics toolkit). If these items were lost or broken, the student is responsible for replacing or paying for them.
  • Have a final inspection of the studio with Beth or another VASI staff member
  • Residential students must return keys and check out of their room at the Warren Towers Residence Life office. For more questions about moving out of the dorms, students can check with the RA on their floor.

Students will be able to access their grades online in a few weeks by logging into the Student Link with their BU username and Kerberos password: http://www.bu.edu/studentlink
To order an official transcript: http://www.bu.edu/reg/grades/ordergrades.html

Check-In Information

Sunday, June 28th
Warren Towers
700 Commonwealth Ave Boston, MA 02215

If you are running late, get lost, or need to contact us on Sunday for any reason, please call Beth on her cell phone at 617 921 5867.

If you are driving:

Residential students will be able to park and unload in the Warren Towers parking garage, which can be accessed from the eastbound side of Commonwealth Ave by turning right onto Hinsdale Mall. If there are any parking attendants, just tell them that you are arriving to move in for a BU summer program.

After parking, please leave your belongings in the car and come up the C-tower elevators to the 4th floor, where you’ll check in and receive your temporary ID card, orientation packet and room key. There are many other BU summer programs moving in on the same day, so keep an eye out for the VASI table.

After checking in, you can go back to your car, get your belongings, and move into your room.

We encourage you to arrive on the earlier side so that you have ample time to move in and get situated before our orientation events begin at 2pm. You will also have time to unpack on Sunday evening.

Commuter students: As the Warren Towers garage is supposed to be for for unloading only and may close before the end of VASI Orientation, we recommend that commuter students who are coming by car park at a metered space nearby. On Sunday afternoons, metered spots are easy to find on Bay State Road, parallel to Commonwealth Ave and a short walk from Warren Towers.

If you are taking public transit or a taxi:

The T stop for Warren Towers is BU East, on the B line of the Green subway line. For information on the T, please go to www.mbta.com. There is also transit information in the VASI Info Guide.

When you arrive at Warren Towers, enter at the main entrance on Commonwealth Ave. Go up the escalators, and follow the signs up to the check-in room on the 4th floor, where you’ll check in and get your room key. There are many other BU summer programs moving in on the same day, so keep an eye out for the VASI table.

For All Students

Leave Request Form

This form needs to be filled out and sent to Beth at beth2013@bu.edu if a VASI student has plans to leave campus with friends or family members.  Commuter students should use this form as well if they have engagements that would cause them to miss a scheduled class.

Leave Request

Email Beth:
  • A recent picture of yourself (selfies welcome!)
  • Your Tshirt size
Facebook Group

Our VASI counselors have created a Facebook group for the VASI students.  Please join us if you haven’t already!

Check-in and Orientation

Check-in starts at Noon on Sunday, June 28th at Warren Towers, 700 Commonwealth Ave.  We would like to start VASI Orientation activities at 2pm, so please try to arrive by then. If you will need to arrive later on Sunday, please get in touch with Beth to make alternative arrangements.

Art Supplies

The list of required VASI art supplies is available here for purchase on the Dick Blick website.  Students will also have the opportunity to purchase these supplies at the Dick Blick store near the BU campus during VASI Orientation.  The supplies will be approximately $30 more in-store due to differences in the store inventory.

Students are also welcome to bring any supplies that they already have and would like to use during the program.

Please note: Some airlines may consider oil paints to be hazardous materials and therefore not allow them in checked or carry-on baggage.  We recommend that any students flying into Boston purchase their oil paints once they’re here.

Glass Arts Workshop

One of our special workshops this year will be a Glass Arts experience at the Diablo Glass School.  Students will choose between glassblowing, flameworking, and glass fusing.

Close-toed shoes (no sandals!) are required at Diablo, so please remember to pack a pair.  Natural fiber clothing is also required—think cotton, no nylon or polyester.

Each student will need to have a signed waiver.  Parents or guardians should sign the Diablo Release Form and email it to Beth, or bring it to Boston.  We’ll also have copies available to sign at check-in.

FitRec Memberships

Students age 16 or older have the option to purchase a 4 week membership to the Boston University Fitness and Recreation Center for $60.  If you are interested in a membership, there will be an opportunity to sign up during VASI check-in.

Terrier Card

All VASI students will receive a Terrier Card, which will provide access to spaces on campus including the studios, dorms, and dining halls. In order to be issued a Terrier Card, students must present a photo ID, so be sure to bring one with you to the program.  A passport, driver’s license, or student ID will work, and photocopies are accepted.

For Residential Students

What to Bring

Check out the Info Guide for a packing list.  The dorms are not air conditioned, so we highly recommend bringing a fan or buying one in Boston.  There’s a Bed, Bath, and Beyond and a CVS within walking distance of the dorms for purchasing extra toiletries and household supplies.


VASI students will be assigned a roommate who is also in the VASI program, and will receive their roommate assignments via email shortly before the start of the program. All rooms in Warren Towers are double rooms.

Travel Arrangements

If you’ll be flying into Logan Airport, email your flight information to beth2013@bu.edu. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide transportation to campus. Taxis are easily available from all airport terminals and cost approximately $30.  Another option is to reserve the Super Shuttle.

For Commuter Students

All Commuter Students should plan on attending Orientation on Sunday, June 28th.  Orientation will begin at 2pm, and Commuter students will be able to leave by 6pm.

Commuter students will be receiving an email shortly with information on transportation and parking, evening and weekend events, and signing up for optional Convenience Points to use in the BU dining halls.

For International Students

Boston University does not require international students attending VASI to provide any special paperwork or documentation; international VASI students are also no longer required to complete an I-20 form. For students who need a visa for travel to the US, a tourism/visitor visa is all that is required.

For travel and identification purposes, international students should carry both their passport and visa with them while traveling and during their stay in Boston.

VASI Registration Forms

VASI Info Guide

The Info Guide includes useful information on transportation, what to bring, life in the dorms, and more.  All VASI students and parents should read it.

2015 VASI Info Guide

Letter of Agreement

Please return the Letter of Agreement as soon as possible so that we may reserve your space in the program.  You may mail it, or email it to beth2013@bu.edu.

2015 Letter of Agreement

Registration Forms

The following forms must be filled out by each VASI student and their parents or guardian, and returned via mail or emailed to beth2013@bu.edu.  All forms must be received by Friday, May 15th 2015.

2015 Summer Programs Health Form

The health form and immunization record should be filled out by the student’s parent or guardian and signed by their physician.  Students will be assigned a BU ID number once their paperwork has been received, so this can be left blank.

2015 Treatment Consent Form

In case of emergency, this form will allow students to receive hospital care.

2015 Parental Consent, Waiver, and Release

In order to participate in the program, each VASI student’s parent/guardian must sign the Parental Consent, Waiver, and Release form. The Media Release is optional (although we do like to include students in our publications).

Summer 2015 Visual Arts Student RLA and T&C

The Residential Life Agreement form must be filled out and signed by VASI students who will be living on campus.  Please also read through the Terms and Conditions.

2015 FitRec User Agreement

This release is required for students to use Boston University’s Fitness and Recreation Center.  VASI students will have the opportunity to purchase a FitRec membership during VASI check-in.

2015 VASI Bio Form

We want to learn more about you!  All students should fill out the Bio Form and also email a recent picture of themselves to beth2013@bu.edu.

Boston University School of Visual Arts
Visual Arts Summer Institute
855 Commonwealth Ave, Room 552
Boston, MA 02215