The Boston University School Visual Arts Summer Institute offers high school students (ages 15–18) an intensive four-week visual arts program designed to help students build exceptional portfolios.

Spaces for the 2015 program are still available, apply now!

2015 Program Dates: June 28-July 24 |Closing Exhibition: July 23

“VASI helped me to ‘train’ my eyes and notice things that are vital as an artist which I probably would never have learned before.”

“Most of my current portfolio comes from VASI. I honestly don’t know what I would’ve done without that previous work! I was awarded Merit Scholarships at three different art schools when I applied, and I owe most of it to VASI and my summer at BU.”

–Recent VASI alumni

VASI students take college-level courses in Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking, and Graphic Design, and are able to work on independent projects in individual studio spaces. In addition to classes and studio time, students visit and study works of art in area museums, participate in special workshops in new art media, and experience summer in Boston. 

Students earn three college credits at the program’s completion, and leave the program with photographs of their work ready to be included in their portfolios.  Every VASI student accepted to the Boston University School of Visual Arts is eligible to receive a minimum merit scholarship of $2000, renewable all four years.

VASI classes are held at the Boston University College of Fine Arts, located on the Charles River Campus.  Faculty for VASI are drawn from the faculty of the School of Visual Arts and is comprised of committed artists who are exceptional teachers.


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