24 months
30568 USD/year
30568 USD/year
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The Master of Fine Arts program in Painting at Boston University promotes the discipline in its varied manifestations as a fundamental form of artistic expression.


Key facts

At its core, the Painting program at Boston University is studio-driven, with rigorous expectations about each student’s commitment to their own artistic practice. As an art form, painting is more than just an activity; it is a long-term critical engagement with ideas, feelings, and sensibilities. As such, the program supplements this emphasis on the studio with critical dialogue, in the form of studio visits, critiques, weekly seminars, lectures, field trips, and workshops. Graduate students develop close working relationships with both faculty and peers, forging a tight-knit community that continues beyond graduation. Frequent visits from major figures in the contemporary art world, as well as regular trips within New England, New York City, and beyond, bolster this sense of community and prepare students for a life in painting. Real-world experience, critical dialogue, and an intensive studio climate support each student’s journey toward an ever-sharpening artistic vision.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Graduate Painting
  • Graduate Seminar/Discussion
  • Liberal Arts elective
  • Art or General electives

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Complete your application online
  • Subbmit Application
  • Upload Forms: Upload transcripts from all college attended, and other supplemental forms (résumé, essay, etc.) that are required to your application. (see Requirements for All Applicants)
  • Please do not send transcripts to us. Transcripts should be uploaded to your application.
  • By completing a bachelor’s degree from an institution in which English was the language of instruction before the time of enrollment at BU.

Tuition Fee

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    30568 USD/year
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    30568 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 30568 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Boston

1560 - 3239 USD /month
Living costs

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