Undergraduate Minors & Graduate Certificates

Undergraduate Minors

The College of Fine Arts offers seven minors that are available to all Boston University students:

Arts Leadership

The minor in Arts Leadership is designed to provide students with the practical and strategic skills to become leaders in the arts and is designed to meet the needs of students in all BU colleges. CFA recognizes that artists and creative thinkers need practical preparation for a life in the arts, and course selection within the minor is intentionally flexible, allowing students to hone leadership and critical thinking skills in particular areas of interest, including arts entrepreneurship, arts administration, and arts activism. Learn More


The Minor in Music consists of 20 credits, including courses in music theory and ear training. Learn More

Music Performance

The minor in Music (performance) provides Boston University undergraduates with high-level training in instrumental or vocal performance. Concentrated individual study is required, in addition to multiple semesters of ensemble participation and required coursework in music theory and music history. This minor is intended for student musicians with previously substantive music experiences—those who wish to expand upon established musical skills. Learn More


The Dance minor is offered through the partnership of the School of Theatre and the Department of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (PERD). The minor consists of 20 total credits, 10 in required courses, 4 in required dance technique, and 6 in elective courses. Learn More


The Theatre minor program consists of a 28-credit sequence of theatre courses designed to provide students with a balanced and diverse theatre experience. The minor concentration follows a sequence of an 11-credit theatre core, a 7-credit dramatic literature core, and 10 credits of theatre electives. Students will choose a path of study depending on their own desires to explore the disciplines of performance, dramatic literature, or design & production. Learn More

Visual Arts

The minor in Visual Arts is designed for students who want an introduction to the concepts and functions of the visual arts offered in a professional training program. Learn More


The minor in Printmaking is designed for School of Visual Arts undergraduate students majoring in other areas who desire a strong grounding in the print and book arts. Students will gain experience and exposure to a variety of printmaking art forms and techniques. Learn More

Dual Degrees

Students who are interested in pursuing a dual degree, may apply to do so after completing the freshman core foundation. As part of your application, you’ll meet with advisors from both programs, to help you intentionally map out your path. You can combine any areas at Boston University that are of interest to you. Note that some programs will extend the duration of your undergraduate program.
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Graduate Certificates

Certificate in Graphic Design

Boston University’s Certificate in Graphic Design offers students a one-year, full-time rigorous and intensive study in graphic design. The program includes core studio and typography requirements and allows students to choose elective courses based on their specific interests and career goals. Students will bolster conceptual and artistic skills in a professionally focused curriculum.  Learn More

Artisan Certificate in Scenic Painting

The School of Theatre offers a two-year certificate program providing skill and craft courses for theatre artisans and technicians seeking career training. The Artisan Certificate program is designed to further advance those who have already developed skills but are seeking further training for advanced or lead positions within the field. Learn More

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Music Education

Offered online, the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Music Education, is a 32 credit program focused on enhancing technological skills and revitalizing educational practice through the introduction of new methods and the latest theoretical frameworks. Learn More

Opera Institute

The Opera Institute is an intensive, highly selective two-year performance-based training program for emerging operatic artists. Through our professional curriculum model, the Opera Institute provides a performance-based curriculum taught by full-time and adjunct faculty members along with guest professionals who are currently in the business or have had significant operatic careers.Learn More

Graduate Certificate in Arts Administration for Graduate Degree Students in the College of Fine Arts

Through the Metropolitan College, the Graduate Certificate in Arts Administration serves the many practicing and aspiring arts professionals who do not have the time or resources to commit to a full program of graduate study, or who, like students in the College of Fine Arts, wish to combine their artistic studies with arts administration. Arts Administration courses will count for graduate elective credit in the College of Fine Arts. Learn More