BU’s Artisan Certificate in Scene Painting sets out to mentor the development of a visual critical sensibility through studying the craft of scenic painting, drawing, and the history of period styles, architecture and ornament.

Boston University’s Artisan Certificate in scene painting, offered through the College of Fine Arts School of Theatre is a two-year program designed for students who have completed a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and are proficient in their craft but seek to enhance their artistic and technical experience in order to gain employment in leadership roles in the profession.

The emphasis on training is geared to those who do not wish to pursue a Master of Fine Arts (MFA), but find that they’re ready to refine their skills, experience, and collaboration in a professional conservatory setting. Students in CFA’s Artisan Certificate program in scene painting get to work in BU’s state-of-the-art CFA Production Center, which has 27,000 square feet of design and production facilities.

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Learn more about BU’s Scene Painting Program Head

Senior Lecturer Diane Fargo has taught at BU since 2001 and has worked for many reputable designers on productions for theatres like the Manhattan Theatre Club, La Jolla Playhouse, Chicago Shakespeare, Ford’s Theater, and more! She’s also provided interior decorative painting of the Skylight Opera Theatre and store and window display and event decor for companies like Tiffany and Co., IBM, and Mohegan Sun Casino.

In 2008, Fargo established BU’s Scene Painting Certificate program which has seen exponential growth and a positive job outlook for its graduates. In CFA’s Faculty Feature series, Fargo answers what students get out of the program, what she looks for in applicants, and career outcomes.

“Our certificate program is very different from other programs. We are trying to create a higher level of skills in our certificate students. Being in a university environment gives our students a leg up on the average skilled theatre professional. Our students can speak about design and how the visual aspect relates to the telling of the story. They develop a much more sophisticated perspective.” 

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