Boston University College of Fine Arts

Boston University College of Fine Arts

The Boston University College of Fine Arts (CFA) is unit of Boston University. The College consists of the School of Music, the School of Theatre, and the School of Visual Arts. Each of the individual schools offer degrees in the performing and visual arts at the undergraduate and graduate level. Among the College of Fine Arts faculty are artists, scholars, and performers of national and international reputation [] . Since the College of Fine Arts is integrated into Boston University, students at CFA may choose courses in the other undergraduate colleges at Boston University. CFA students can also apply for the Boston University Collaborative Degree Program (BUCOP), where students simultaneously earn undergraduate degrees at CFA and in one of 14 undergraduate colleges of the University. The college offers a study abroad program in London, England, and Dresden, Germany. Students can spend a semester at the Royal College of Music, the "London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts", or at the "Carl Maria von Weber Hochschule für Musik" [] . Visual arts students can spend a semester in Venice, Italy, studying graphic design at the Scuola Internazionale di Graficaa or a summer in Tuscany, Italy, through the "Tuscany Landscape Painting Program". []

Admission to the College of Fine Arts requires a live or pre-recorded audition for music and theatre majors and a submission of a portfolio for visual arts majors.

chool of Music

The Boston University School of Music was founded in 1872, which makes it the oldest degree-granting music program in the United States [] . The School of Music offers the Bachelor of Music (BM), the Master of Music (MM), and the Doctorate of Musical Arts (DMA). All students have the option of concentrating in fields such as performance, music theory and composition, musicology, music education, historical performance, and conducting [] . The School of Music offers special degrees such as the Performance Diploma and the Artist Diploma. The Performance Diploma is a non-degree program for students who want a continued education in music performance at the post-Masters level. The Artist Diploma is restricted only for unusually gifted students.

The School of Music has about 150 faculty members (professors, assistant professors, adjunct professors, and teaching associates) [] . The large number of professors allow the students to get individual studio instruction. Some notable music professors include: Lukas Foss (composition), Anthony di Bonaventura (piano), Ann Howard Jones (conducting), George Neikrug (cello), Tim Genis (Percussion), Simon Estes (voice), and Roman Totenberg (violin) [] .

There is a wide variety of performance opportunities at the School of Music. Groups such as the Boston University Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Chorus, Wind/Brass ensemble, and the Baroque Orchestra allow students from a wide range of concentrations to apply their skills in an ensemble setting.

The Boston University School of Music has a summer music festival for high school students known as the Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI). The Boston University Tanglewood Institute is recognized internationally as an outstanding educational opportunity for young artists and is the only program of its kind associated with one of the great symphony orchestras of the world [] . Here, under the guidance of Boston Symphony Orchestra members, young people devote themselves each summer to an intensive and challenging training session.

The Boston University School of Music is also a pioneer in the field of online music education, and by the end of 2007, more than 600 online graduate students were expected to be studying for a Master of Music (MM) or Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree through this College, the first institution in the US to offer a doctoral degree in music entirely online. []

In mid-September 2008, Director of the School of Music Andre de Quadros, M.Ed. announced his resignation, effective at the end of the current academic year. Press releases appear to suggest that this is a voluntary resignation due to de Quadros's interest in focusing on other activities. A search committee is forming to determine who will serve as the school's next Director. []

chool of Visual Arts

Founded in 1954, the Boston University School of Visual Arts prepares students for professional careers in the art world as painters, graphic designers, sculptors, and art educators. The School of Visual Arts offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in areas such as graphic design, art education, sculpture, and painting [] .

Visits from distinguished artists and lecturers as well as a widely varied program of exhibitions broaden and enhance each student’s educational experience [] . Four on-campus galleries—the BU Art Gallery, the Commonwealth Gallery, the 808 Gallery, and the Sherman Gallery—provide exhibition opportunities for graduate students and alumni.

Facilities available to students include a computer lab, a new media room, a welding shop, a wood shop, and painting, drawing, printmaking, and photography studios.

chool of Theatre

The School of Theatre at Boston University offers a high-level of instruction in the theatre arts. The school offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and the Master of Fine Arts (MFA), as well as Artisan Certificates for production students. Students can major in acting, theatre arts, theatrical design and production, stage management, theatre education, and directing.

The main operating facility for the School of Theatre is the Boston University Theatre - located on Huntington Avenue (Avenue of the Arts) in Boston. It has strong relatioships with other theatre organizations in the Boston area, most notably the Huntington Theatre Company.

Notable alumni

The College of Fine Arts have produced many students who have become notable in their fields []
*Jason Alexander (Tony Award-winning actor; cast member of "Seinfeld")
*Ted Atkatz (Chicago Symphony Orchestra Principal Percussionist)
*Velvet Brown (Tuba soloist, music educator)
*Michael Chiklis (Emmy Award-winning actor; "The Shield")
*Geena Davis (Oscar and Golden Globe winning actress)
*Grant Drumheller (painter)
*Rosie O'Donnell (actress and talk show host)
*Dan Fogler (Tony Award-winning actor; "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee")
*Arnold Glimcher (Pace Gallery)
*Eugene Izotov (Chicago Symphony Orchestra Principal Oboist)
*Georgia Jarman (NY Metropolitan Opera singer)
*Georgia Jarman (painter)
*Penelope Jencks (sculptor, created the Eleanor Roosevelt Monument in Riverside Park, Manhattan, NY)
*Yunjin Kim (actress, "Lost")
*Cynthia Watros (actress, "Lost")
*Jerry Levine (actor/director, "Teen Wolf")
*Craig Lucas (Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright and actor)
*Yan Luo (screenwriter)
*Ikuko Mizuno (Boston Symphony Orchestra violinist)
*Julianne Moore (Oscar-nominated actress)
*Ronan Noone (playwright)
*Konstantinos Papadakis (Concert pianist)
*Anthony Paratore (pianist)
*Lee Sheldon (videogame designer, author, TV writer/producer)
*Anthony Tommasini ("New York Times" music critic)
*Alfre Woodard (Emmy and Golden Globe winning actress;
*Marisa Tomei (Academy Award winning actress);
*Brice Marden (Painter)
*Kurt Kauper (Painter);
*Howard Stern (talk show host)

External links

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