Visual Arts Minor

The minor in Visual Arts is designed for students who want to explore various visual arts processes and concepts in the context of a professional art school. Visual Arts minors take courses alongside students pursuing professionally-focused BFA and liberal arts BA in Art degrees in the BU School of Visual Arts.  Minors are welcome to attend CFA events such as artist talks and exhibition openings, and are encouraged to become part of the CFA community.

The Visual Arts minor consists of twenty credits in visual arts courses (CFA AR xxx), including a required Drawing course, either CFA AR 193 Visual Arts Drawing or CFA AR 131 Drawing 1. Students in the minor gain foundational drawing experience and are exposed to a variety of art forms and techniques. The majority of Visual Arts minors take courses in drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, and sculpture. Some students take a range of courses and some students decide to focus in an area of interest. Courses in art education are also available. While the School of Visual Arts does have a graphic design department, courses in this area are in high demand and limited seats are available for Visual Arts minors.

Outline of Study

Curriculum requirements for the Visual Arts minor can be found on the Academic Bulletin.

Declaring a Visual Arts Minor

The Visual Arts minor is selective and requires an application for admission.  The application consists of a portfolio that demonstrates an applicant’s previous experience in the visual arts and their current abilities in observational drawing.

Observational drawing refers to the practice of working from the world directly in front and around us unmediated by technology like the camera or a screen. The portfolio should show your strengths in formal qualities such as composition, material, texture and the language of rendering form as well as your conceptual and personal interests. Drawing is the foundation of the Visual Arts curriculum and VA minors are expected to be proficient in this area so that they may fully engage with courses in the School of Visual Arts.

Additional Information

Visual Arts minors are advised to develop an academic plan that allows them to complete the minor at a rate of one 4cr course per semester due to limited class availability and the time-intensive nature of visual arts studio courses.  Beth Zerega, Academic Advisor for the School of Visual Arts, is available to help minors with their course planning.

BU Summer Term course schedule

Visual Arts minors are eligible to participate in the Venice Studio Arts program offered through BU Study Abroad.  This program, offered during the summer and the academic year, provides students with the opportunity to study visual arts and Italian culture.  All Visual Arts courses (CFA AR xxx) offered in Venice count towards the Visual Arts minor.

Venice Studio Arts Program overview

Venice Studio Arts Summer Program overview

Students who desire study in the visual arts beyond what is offered through the minor may be able to apply for an Intra University Transfer (IUT) to major in the BA in Art or a BFA in Art Education, Graphic Design, Painting, Printmaking, or Sculpture. Pursuing an IUT later than the fall of Sophomore year may lengthen a student’s course of study—students considering this should consult with Visual Arts Academic Advising on their plan.

CFA IUT Information

Visual Arts Degree Programs