College of Fine Arts

The Boston University College of Fine Arts (CFA) unites the School of Music, the School of Theatre, and the School of Visual Arts into an intense, dynamic arts community where students combine professional, individualized training in their field with collaborative work that increasingly crosses departments and schools.

The Mission of the College of Fine Arts

The mission of the College of Fine Arts is to prepare students for professional work in music, theatre, or visual arts. Emphasis is placed on studio instruction: the focus of the student’s acquisition of professional skills and techniques through personalized instruction and mentoring. The CFA faculty comprises proven teachers who draw from their distinguished experiences as artists and performers of national and international reputation.

Courses in literature, language, and the liberal arts, available through the College of Arts & Sciences and other schools and colleges at Boston University, are an integral part of each undergraduate program. Students may also minor or add a second major in a field outside their school or college, taking advantage of the vast resources of a major research university.

The Dean’s Message

We believe that for all its challenges, nothing compares to the professional and personal rewards of a life in the arts. At the College of Fine Arts, our three acclaimed schools—Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts—encourage students to live extraordinary lives.

Artists can’t predict the future, but we can provide our students with a firm foundation in traditional practice and knowledge, combined with the latest thinking and methodology, so they are ready no matter what the future holds. While our goal is to provide an education that endures, an artist’s education should be ongoing. CFA students turn dreams into compositions, thoughts into paintings, and collaborations into plays. Our graduates have formed successful ensembles, joined symphony orchestras, started theater companies, painted commissioned murals, landed TV roles, done graphic design work for the latest start-ups and big-name, established companies, and taught children who are hungry for ways of expression that only art and music provide.

At BU, students learn not only from our distinguished faculty of working artists, but also from the broad array of faculty available at a first-rate research institution, not to mention internships that offer real-world experience. In Boston, artistic expression is at the center of city life. Students can walk to the some of the greatest arts institutions in the world, including Symphony Hall, home of the Boston Symphony, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Institute of Contemporary Art. They have the opportunity to experience a nearly limitless number of galleries and performances of every imaginable kind in institutions that collaborate closely with CFA.

If you haven’t visited, please do. I urge you to set up an appointment for a tour or to meet with one of us.

–Lynne Allen, Dean ad interim