Art & Design

Fine Arts

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

Challenge others to see the world from a different perspective.

You have the ability to see things in a way no one else does. Through your art making, you want to solve problems visually and creatively while exploring personal yet universal ideas.

As a fine arts major, you'll discover how to create a positive impact by developing your own visual language. Using formal elements, exploring medium and process, and experimenting with representation and abstraction, you'll find what makes your visual language distinct. And through exhibition, critique, presentation, juries, and writing, you'll learn how to communicate with the world about your voice, style, and ideas.

At Lesley, you’ll gain a foundation in traditional media using drawing as your primary platform. As you push further into the curriculum, you'll begin exploring across disciplines. You’ll experiment with drawing, painting, sculpting, and printmaking, as well as interdisciplinary opportunities, such as installation and project-driven work. But you'll also read, write, speak, and perform critical research. As you progress, you'll develop a personal body of work informed by culture, history, critical theory, and the philosophy of art.

Through it all, you’ll receive support from working artists who will mentor you through your artistic development. Ongoing instruction and critique from faculty and visiting artists will enrich your studio practice with new perspective and potential. Required internships in Greater Boston will expand your professional skill sets with opportunities to work in museums, galleries, or independent studios amongst artists, historians, curators, and other visual artists.

The end result? You’ll graduate prepared to take your work to unexpected levels while forging a lifelong career in visual arts and culture.

Fine Arts BFA
Sean Flood ’05
Sean Flood is a Boston native, born and bred. He has traveled its streets and neighborhoods by paint and canvas, and captured the city's architectural landscape.

Exposed from a young age, by the influence of his father, to building construction, carpentry, architecture, and design, Flood says that he started to enjoy painting architecture and interior spaces—which then developed into a specific interest in cityscapes and architectural buildings.
The piece that sparks a movement. Make it.
Choose from these fine arts career paths (and others that don’t exist yet).

Faculty

Program Cost Description
Approximate cost for 1 year of attendance in this undergraduate program.
Fine Arts
  • Tuition
    Fall Tuition
    $13,150
    Spring Tuition
    $13,150
  • Room & Board
    Double/Triple/Quad Room
    $9,570
    Housing Deposit
    $300
    Meal Plan
    $6,180
  • Fees
    Health Service Fee
    $800
    Department Fee
    $500
    Activity Fee
    $250
    Materials Fee
    $150
    Registration Fee
    $80
    Lab Fee
    $40
  • Total
Estimated Cost

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

  • Tuition
    Fall Tuition
    $13,150
    Spring Tuition
    $13,150
  • Fees
    Department Fee
    $500
    Activity Fee
    $250
    Materials Fee
    $150
    Registration Fee
    $80
    Lab Fee
    $40
  • Total
Estimated Cost

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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