School of Visual Arts History

(Above) Selected images from the School of Visual Arts Archive.

The School of Visual Arts in the College of Fine Arts was established in 1954 as a professional training school at Boston University. With a faculty composed of practicing professional artists, the School offers an intensive program of studio training combined with liberal arts studies leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Master of Fine Arts (MFA) and Master of Arts (MA) degrees. Courses prepare students for future study or professional practice in painting, sculpture, graphic design, or art education. Notable alumni include painters Brice Marden and Pat Steir; Gael Towey, chief creative officer of Martha Stewart Living; Ira Yoffe, former vice president/creative director of PARADE magazine; and Rick Heinrichs, production designer whose credits include the Pirates of the Caribbean film series, Fargo, and Sleepy Hollow, for which he received an Oscar for Best Art Direction in 2000.