The acting program prepares talented and committed students for careers in the professional world of theatre and the related media of film and television. The program curriculum stresses the development of imagination, intellect, physical and vocal skills, technique, and professional behavior. This allows students to create a wide range of roles in performances of varying styles.
The Art Education program is committed to preparing teaching artists who are passionate about both their own creative practice and their pedagogy. As part of a professionally oriented art school at a major research institution, the program is uniquely positioned to offer students an opportunity to engage in arts-based research as part of their education. BU School of Visual Arts offers flexible art education programs to prepare future artist-educators entry into the field, or to provide extended professional development through an advanced degree for those already practicing.
At Boston University, the Composition & Music Theory programs will help you gain a broad knowledge of contemporary and historical compositional practices, and a mastery of analytic techniques for tonal and post-tonal music. Studying with composers and theorists who are significant figures in the musical life of Boston, our programs prepare students for meaningful careers as composers, theorists, teachers, and academics
The Design program at the School of Theatre is an intensive conservatory program with a national reputation. The goal of the program is to help students achieve professional competence. This program requires a serious commitment of time and energy from students. The program stresses collaboration and process. The School’s Boston University Theatre complex consists of three interconnected buildings that house two theaters (one proscenium and one black box), all of the shops and laboratories needed for creating the productions—scenery, costumes, lighting, sound—as well as classrooms and offices for the School’s Design & Production program.
The Graphic Design program at BU takes a studio-driven approach to design thinking and visual communication. With an emphasis on process and critical design thinking, the program sets itself apart as a maker-based design department set within an art school.
The Bachelor of Arts degree in Music is for students to who desire a broad liberal arts education while exploring music without a strict focus in performance, composition and theory, or music education.
The Music Education Department offers a BM in Music Education, an MM in Music Education, and a DMA in Music Education. The BM program is a qualified licensure program in Massachusetts. Students in the MM program can also earn licensure in Massachusetts by taking additional licensure coursework.
The Department of Musicology and Ethnomusicology offers the MA and Ph.D. in Musicology, Ethnomusicology, and Musicology and Ethnomusicology. Our department dedicates itself to interdisciplinary, disciplinary, historical, translational, analytical, and cross-cultural thinking. The faculty in the Department consists of a cohort of five musicologists and five ethnomusicologists and houses research centers in Early Music and Beethoven studies.
The Painting program promotes painting in its varied manifestations as a fundamental form of artistic expression. Instruction, practice, and awareness of historical and contemporary contexts are brought together to enable students to think critically and imaginatively and to express their ideas with skill and conviction. The principal component of the Painting program is a rigorous studio activity. Critical dialogue and rigorous expectations about studio practice support work toward a fully formed artistic vision.
The Performance program is offered in eight areas: Strings, Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion, Piano, Collaborative Piano, Organ, and Voice. Performance majors combine performance studies with courses in theory, musicology, pedagogy, and related music studies. Each student is assigned to a teacher with whom they study individually during their degree program.