Here at Boston University School of Visual Arts, we nurture the creative potential of every student through a balance of rigorous training and open exploration. Visual art students experience both the focus of the studio within each major and the freedom of choices offered by the larger university instilling a well-rounded visual art education through the foundations of seeing, making, and thinking.

We help you to learn the rules—so you can break them.


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Undergraduate Admissions

Interested in applying to an undergraduate program offered by BU School of Visual Arts?

Learn about our portfolio requirements and apply for admission!

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Graduate Admissions

If you’re ready to deepen your practice and receive personal training of the highest quality with a master’s degree at BU, learn more about our graduate programs, graduate admissions, portfolio requirements, and apply.

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