Boston University College of Fine Arts (CFA) is a thriving community of artist-scholars who are immersed in their passions of the fine and performing arts, and determined to improve the lives of others through art. With programs in Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts CFA prepares students for a rich diversity of meaningful creative lives build on a strong foundation of skill and discernment. Beyond a wide variety of programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels, CFA hosts and partners with premier learning and artistic experiences for pre-college level student-artists.

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VASI studio

Visual Arts Summer Institute

VASI offers high school students an intensive visual arts program designed to help students build exceptional portfolios. Whether preparing portfolios for college admission or simply working to improve technical abilities, students are introduced to materials and methods used in professional artistic practice.

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BUSTI student performance

BU Summer Theatre Institute

BUSTI is a five-week pre-conservatory experience for highly motivated high school theatre artists. Designed to mirror the first year BFA experience within the College of Fine Arts School of Theatre at Boston University, the Institute allows all participants the opportunity to test their interests and abilities in a professional training environment.

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BU Tanglewood Institute student musicians

Boston University Tanglewood Institute

BUTI is a premier summer training program for talented young musicians ages 14 to 20. BUTI is located in the beautiful Berkshire mountains of Lenox, Massachusetts just down the road from the Tanglewood Music Center: the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO). Because of BUTI’s special relationship with the BSO, students have the opportunity to learn and grow through intensive programming in the presence of some of the world’s greatest music professionals and teachers.

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Youth Program Partnerships

The College of Fine Arts is proud to partner with local arts organizations, including Wheelock Family Theatre, which was adopted into Boston University in 2018.
Wheelock Family Theatre's Wizard of Oz

Wheelock Family Theatre

Wheelock Family Theatre is one of the largest professional theaters in Boston with performances having been seen by more than one million people. Its impressive outreach to Boston and Greater Boston schools enables Wheelock Family Theatre to entertain and educate approximately 15,000 visiting schoolchildren every year, living out their mission to “create inter-generational and multicultural productions that provide a shared experience for the whole family. Our productions celebrate the diverse range of families found in the world today and seek to unite them in the shared experience of live theatre.”

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