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Be inspired by views of Boston and the Charles River

At BU College of Fine Arts, our painting programs are studio-driven, with students exploring various approaches to painting to develop an individual vision.

We provide our students with the tools and space to create and innovate. Their paintings are then displayed all around CFA, from Commonwealth Gallery to Gallery 5, and in the Faye G., Jo, and James Stone Gallery and 808 Gallery for their BFA and MFA Thesis Exhibitions.

Undergraduate painting students are assigned private studios at the start of their junior year. Spacious and light-filled, the studios have expansive views of Boston and the Charles River from the fifth floor of the CFA building in rooms 507 and 514.

Students also have access to their own fully equipped woodshop and spray room, and through electives have access to the School of Visual Arts’ printmaking facilities. These include etching, lithography, silkscreen, bookmaking, letterpress, and digital print studios.

Graduate painting students have 24-hour access to individual studios on the third floor of BU’s 808 Building. Each studio is approximately 250-350 square feet and most have natural light with views of Boston and Brookline. Graduate students also have full access to their own woodshop, printshop, and spray booth.

With training, graduate students are also granted access to the printmaking facilities on the 4th floor of the 808 Building, directly above the graduate studios.

Additional facilities available to graduate students include a fully equipped woodshop, welding shop, ceramics facilities, black-and-white darkrooms, digital media studios including vinyl cutters, and a Risograph printer.

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