Why Choose BU CFA?

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Boston is revolutionary (and we’re not just talking about those guys who wrote with feathers).

Boston is where big, bold ideas are born. Same goes for BU. We were the first university in the country to grant a degree in music, to open all divisions to female students, and to pioneer the Doctor of Musical Arts (and the online DMA!). And we are the only university in Boston to combine the professional study of music, theatre, and visual arts in one college.

A small setting within a large university.

CFA offers the best of both worlds: a broad liberal arts education with a focused, conservatory-style program. We’ll give you artistic excellence and academic depth in a highly personalized environment. CFA students feel at home in our community, while experiencing dual degrees, Kilachand Honors College,  and minors in anything that BU offers (yes, anything!).

We’re a community of artists.

What makes CFA unique is the collaboration and synergy that comes from housing three disciplines under one roof. CFA students study under a talented, dynamic, highly-engaged faculty composed of Broadway producers, noted artists, award-winning designers, and world-renowned musicians and scholars, including 30 members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Prepare for the future — then create it.

At CFA, we’re educating artists, musicians, and scholars, but we’re also preparing leaders, entrepreneurs, and advocates for the arts. We instill a range of practical skills to infuse career potential, enabling students to lead and succeed in the increasingly competitive and multi-faceted art world of the 21st century. We offer an interdisciplinary Arts Leadership minor for students who plan to focus more specifically in leadership, arts for social change, and advocacy issues.

Go far with study abroad.

CFA students can enrich their undergraduate experience with arts-focused semester abroad opportunities in London or Venice. BU also offers an unmatched variety of academic and internship programs in more than 30 cities on six continents. The College of Fine Arts has the highest percent of undergraduates studying abroad among all BU colleges.

Facilities that fuel your ambition.

We have 119 brand new, sound-proofed, environmentally-controlled music practice rooms (more than any music school in Boston), 6 on-campus art galleries, 1 top-notch printmaking facility (we think it’s the best in Boston), 2 performances each year at Boston’s Symphony Hall, and several theatre performance venues including the award-winning and LEED Silver certified dramatic arts complex, BU’s Joan & Edgar Booth Theatre, which includes a 250-seat studio theatre and design and production facilities.

Be inspired.

As a tight-knit community, CFA forms the artistic heart of BU, centered within a thriving university in a cosmopolitan city. CFA produces more than 500 performances and exhibits each year. And with free admission to the BSO and the Museum of Fine Arts, inspiration is never more than a few steps away.

Learn with (and from) a global community.

CFA is committed to being a microcosm of the art world, striving to provide students with a diverse environment and ample perspective. Our students come from every corner of the globe, representing every continent (well, except Antarctica) and dozens of countries including Ireland, Israel, Brazil, Korea, Mexico, China, Japan, Iran, Barbados, Australia, France, Afghanistan, Germany, Lebanon, Serbia, Poland, Hungary, Portugal, Uganda, Greece, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Thailand, and New Zealand.

You’re in very good company.

CFA alumni are as diverse and dynamic as the College itself. Alumni are world-renowned orchestra musicians, working actors and artisans, Broadway lighting directors, and globally-recognized painters and designers, as well as music and art teachers, community leaders, scholars, entrepreneurs, and business owners. In short, our graduates are represented in all of walks of life. What they all share is the CFA experience, a foundation of tangible and meaningful professional skills centered on creative and critical thinking.