Visual Arts Summer Institute

Per Boston University’s recent announcement, all in-person College of Fine Arts 2020 summer programs have been canceled, including Boston University Visual Arts Summer Institute (VASI). Deposits will be refunded for all canceled programs. For more details about VASI, please review our FAQs or contact

“VASI exceeded my expectations…both the activities and the classes helped me grow as an artist and a person”

“Most of my current portfolio comes from VASI. I honestly don’t know what I would’ve done without that previous work! I was awarded Merit Scholarships at three different art schools when I applied, and I owe most of it to VASI and my summer at BU.”

–Recent VASI alumni

The Boston University School of Visual Arts’ Summer Institute offers high school students (ages 15–18) an intensive four-week 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 a full range of materials and methods used in professional artistic practice.

In addition to classes and studio time, students visit and study works of art in area museums, participate in special workshops, and experience life as a Boston University student.  Students earn three college credits at the program’s completion, and leave the program with photographs of their work ready to be included in their portfolios.

VASI takes place at the Boston University College of Fine Arts, located on the Charles River Campus.  The VASI faculty consists of faculty members and alumni of the School of Visual Arts who are committed artists and exceptional teachers.