Art & Design

Interactive Design

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

Explore the power of design to change people’s lives.

Behind every great experience is a designer who envisioned every moment.

Learn what human-centered design really means, and discover how to create visual design work that responds to human interaction. You'll design end-to-end user experiences that address the needs, emotions, and behaviors of real people. Develop the visual and conceptual skills that serve as a foundation for all design work as you grow into your career as a mobile app designer, information architect, web designer, user experience (UX) researcher, commercial artist, and more.

And build on those skills during your internships in places like Marquis Design, Puma, American Repertory Theater, Hasbro, and more. With faculty guidance and support you'll have opportunities to gain real-world, on-the-job training in one of top-rated cities for designers and make connections that will help launch your career.

At Lesley University's College of Art and Design, you'll immerse in a thriving community of experienced design faculty who will teach you the tools and techniques for prototyping interactive design. Work directly with clients, conduct user testing, and prototype and design projects using industry-standard tools and technologies. Your classwork will push you to develop your world view and your empathy as you work to solve complex challenges at individual and global scales.

By the end of the program, you'll showcase your knowledge of visual thinking and dynamic interactions in a portfolio that will engage, delight, and create a meaningful impact on your audience.

Craft Creative Combinations
As an Interactive Design 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:
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Rethinking Design
sketch of web prototypes on white graph paper
Solving Design Challenges

Student Work

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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.

$71,596
The average salary for professional designers in New England (Source: Burning Glass Labor Insight)
#1
Greater Boston has been named one of the best cities for professional designers. Job opportunities, creative culture, and a vibrant university community make this the perfect place to launch your design career. (Source: Metropolis Magazine)
90%
of employers hiring for design jobs in New England are seeking designers with bachelor's degrees. A degree in design will open doors, and you'll be able to land competitive jobs right after graduation. (Source: Burning Glass Labor Insight)
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Student
Rebecca Robertson
UX student Rebecca Robertson returns to school while working full time and finds she is able to grow as a professional designer and advocate for the needs of the users she works with. While balancing courses with a full-time job seemed daunting, she says she's loved merging her academic and professional lives to help her advance her skills and confidence.
Careers
Areas You Could Work
Interactive design is a versatile field, with opportunities to work across a wide range of industries and disciplines, including:
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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.
Interactive Design
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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