Art & Design

Digital Filmmaking

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

Capture your vision and share your story.

Director. Editor. Cinematographer. VFX or video artist. Art director. Dig deeper, and you’ll realize they’re all synonyms for storyteller. That’s what you’ll become as you grow into a career with an education from Lesley University's digital filmmaking program.

Here, you’ll create films that challenge conventional thinking, inspire action, or elicit emotion. With a foundation in cinematography, screen writing, lighting, and editing, and access to unmatched visual effects facilities, you’ll turn your vision into a story that can be produced and distributed.

You'll go beyond the classroom and gain professional experiences with a supported internship or apprenticeship in places like Pixar, FableVision Studios, Film Roman, and Cartoon Network. These experiences will launch you into a career in the rapidly-growing creative economy in film, TV, game design, and more.

As a digital filmmaking major, you'll examine contemporary and historical works. Collaborate with others as you master writing, planning, filming, recording, and post-production techniques. Gain the tools and vocabulary you need to bring your stories to life.

Throughout the program, discover ways to evolve your skills and ideas through hands-on filmmaking. Pursue fictional narratives, documentary projects, web-based shorts, and experimental video in our state-of-the-art facilities. Plus, get experience working on professional film productions in Greater Boston through required internships. You'll be prepared for in-demand careers in advertising, broadcasting, publishing, motion pictures, and beyond.

student trying out VFX equipment in green screen room

Increase Career Opportunities with VFX Training

We're excited to launch our new visual effects facilities, outfitted with state-of-the-art VFX and motion capture technology. Get access to the best facilities in New England, and the hands-on experience needed to break into one of the highest-paying careers in the art and design industry.

Craft Creative Combinations
As a Digital Filmmaking major, you can pursue a second major or one of our 45+ minors—in art & design or a liberal arts subject—to expand your career opportunities.

Forge your own path with a creative combination:
student working on art in studio

Small Art School, Big University

We're a premier art and design school of about 700 students, but we're also part of a dynamic university with a liberal arts college. This means you'll have the small studio, hands-on experience of a professional art school where you'll gain industry-specific knowledge. And, you'll benefit from a broader perspective of a liberal arts educational experience—something most art schools can't provide.

Student Work

$56,252
The average salary for digital filmmaking professionals in New England. (Source: Burning Glass Labor Insight)
93%
of filmmaking employers in New England are seeking graduates with bachelor's degrees. A degree in digital filmmaking will open doors, and you'll be able to land competitive jobs right after graduation.
Top 10
Boston is ranked #9 among the top 25 most creative cities in the U.S. based on data analyzed from the United States Census and Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Nuno Pereira on his set directing actors
Digital Filmmaking
That's a Wrap!
Anni Abbruzzese, Adam Holguin, and Nuno Pereira, the first class of Digital Filmmaking students at Lesley’s College of Art and Design, had the unique opportunity to set their own path and cultivate an individual style of filmmaking. The new alumni reflect on the personal growth that came along with shaping a new and evolving program.
Careers
Jobs You Could Have
Professional opportunities in filmmaking are expanding, and Greater Boston is a great place to start your career. Some of the top job titles for someone with a Digital Filmmaking degree include:
drone photography of cambridge
Cambridge is our campus. Boston is our neighbor.

Cambridge is one of the most creative cities in the country. In fact, there are about 96 art and culture events happening in the Greater Boston area every day. And while you'll benefit from our dynamic surroundings, you'll also be a big part of them. You'll take art and design classes in our $48 million Lunder Arts Center. And our $7 million Visual Effects (VFX) studio—a state-of-the-art facility where our VFX curriculum comes alive—is the only one of its kind in New England.

Faculty

Approximate cost, before financial aid, for 1 year of study in this undergraduate program.
Digital Filmmaking
Housing Options
Compare the cost of the program for students who live on campus in a residence hall with the cost for commuter students.
  • Tuition
    Fall Tuition
    $14,250
    Spring Tuition
    $14,250
  • Fees
    Facilities Fees
    $500
    Activity Fees
    $250
    Materials Fees
    $150
    Registration Fees
    $80
    Lab Fees
    $40
  • Room & Board
    Double/Triple/Quad Room
    $9,860
    Housing Deposit
    $300
    Meal Plan
    $6,370
    Health Service Fees (required for resident students)
    $800
  • Total cost before financial aid
Estimated Cost

Merit Scholarships & Financial Aid

It’s our goal at Lesley to break down financial barriers so that students who want to learn here, can learn here. That’s why we offer generous, customized aid packages for students based on their individual needs. In fact, in the fall of 2019, 98% of incoming Lesley students received some level of financial aid. Learn more about Financial Aid & Scholarships.

Tuition & Fees

Other fees may apply. Review all undergraduate tuition and fees, and what they cover.

Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

Housing Options
Compare the cost of the program for students who live on campus in a residence hall with the cost for commuter students.
  • Tuition
    Fall Tuition
    $14,250
    Spring Tuition
    $14,250
  • Fees
    Facilities Fees
    $500
    Activity Fees
    $250
    Materials Fees
    $150
    Registration Fees
    $80
    Lab Fees
    $40
  • Room & Board
    Double/Triple/Quad Room
    $9,860
    Housing Deposit
    $300
    Meal Plan
    $6,370
    Health Service Fees (required for resident students)
    $800
  • Total cost before financial aid
Estimated Cost

Merit Scholarships & Financial Aid

It’s our goal at Lesley to break down financial barriers so that students who want to learn here, can learn here. That’s why we offer generous, customized aid packages for students based on their individual needs. In fact, in the fall of 2019, 98% of incoming Lesley students received some level of financial aid. Learn more about Financial Aid & Scholarships.

Tuition & Fees

Other fees may apply. Review all undergraduate tuition and fees, and what they cover.

Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

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Approximate cost, before financial aid, for 1 year of study in this undergraduate program. Tuition and fees are for the 2019-2020 academic year.
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