At Boston University School of Visual Arts (SVA), we nurture the creative potential of every student through a balance of rigorous training and open exploration. We emphasize collaboration and dialogue alongside the focus of the studio and the freedom of choices offered by the larger university. Through our ethos, curriculum, and program offerings, SVA engages students in highly experiential learning, building expertise and experimentation through critique, process, and concept.

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SVA Stories

Read more BU School of Visual Arts students, faculty, and alumni making art and making change in the world

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Creating a Visual Diary

With a photographic eye, Rebecca Ness makes intimate, slice-of-life oil paintings of everyday moments

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A Not-So-Still Life

Cindy Garza Moore worked with teens at risk of dropping out of high school. With art, she found a way to get them excited about classes again

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Super Animator

Jeff Wamester brings your favorite comic characters to life onscreen

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Guided by world-class artists and educators emphasizing skill-building and the ability to think creatively, you will hone your eye, hand, and mind at SVA.


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