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Majors 17 Programs

Bachelor of Fine Arts

On-Campus
On-Campus
Explore media and tools that give life to visual stories, characters, and environments. Develop your own distinctive style and voice. And, gain the professional know-how for careers in film, TV, game design, and beyond.
On-Campus
On-Campus
Create films that challenge conventional thinking, inspire action, or elicit emotion. With a strong foundation in technical skills—cinematography, sound design, lighting, and editing—turn your vision into a powerful story that you will produce and bring to the big screen.
Turn your creativity, talent for technology, and love of video games into an exciting career in game design.
On-Campus
On-Campus
Get hands-on experience in print, motion, experiential, and interactive design. Gain the ability to think visually and present strategic design solutions to real-world challenges.
On-Campus
On-Campus
From visual narratives to character design, concept and editorial art, product and surface design, a bachelor’s degree in illustration offers you the possibility to create work that engages and excites.
On-Campus
On-Campus
Address the needs, emotions, and behaviors of users while solving complex design challenges that affect real people. Gain the skills and understanding needed to create information design, product interfaces, mobile apps, and more.
On-Campus
On-Campus
Explore across media as you investigate the full scope of the visual arts. Divide your time between classrooms and studios where you’ll not only draw, paint, sculpt, photograph, and explore printmaking, but also read, write, and conduct research.
On-Campus
On-Campus
Learn to tell stories and solve problems with visual and practical effects. Create believable visual narratives alongside industry trailblazers in the classroom and beyond. Also, build a well-rounded portfolio to enter careers in film, gaming, advertising, healthcare, or more.
On-Campus
On-Campus
To succeed in our contemporary visual landscape, art makers need to be able to express themselves in multiple ways. As a visual narrative major, you’ll develop a distinct visual language that draws inspiration from culture, politics, history, and more.

Bachelor of Arts

On-Campus
On-Campus
Study theory and history of the visual arts while creating your own from many different forms of media. Ideal for students who also want to take on a second major as there are fewer credits and studio requirements.
Create a personalized plan of study based on your specific interests and chosen professional path. You can choose from areas of focus that prepare you for the job you want, including developmental psychology, human services, business management, and more. Through your chosen coursework, you’ll learn skills that make sense for where you want your career to take you.
On-Campus
Off-Campus
On-Campus
Off-Campus
Earn your Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) in liberal studies with a completely customizable area of study. This is a perfect opportunity to design a program of coursework that is specific to your background or individual goals.

Bachelor of Science

On-Campus
On-Campus
Gain the business skills you need to think strategically, identify challenges, offer creative solutions, and lead others. Build your resume with work experience in some of the best places to work in Greater Boston—a hub for tech start-ups.
Turn your associate’s degree into a bachelor’s degree through Lesley University in just two years. All courses are taught by Lesley faculty at the Bunker Hill Community College campus in Charlestown, Massachusetts.
Earn your bachelor's degree through Lesley University in New Bedford, Massachusetts. If you live or work in Bristol County, you can take classes taught by Lesley faculty without having to travel to Cambridge.
Lesley’s online Bachelor of Science in Business Management prepares you for the challenges of the modern workplace. You’ll learn to become an effective manager as you study the latest leadership approaches. Our curriculum features coursework in economics, organizational behavior, technology, and more so that you have the skills you need to solve problems ethically and creatively. This degree also features specialization options in marketing and non-profit management, allowing you to choose a path of study that’s most relevant to your career goals.
The online Bachelor of Science in Design for User Experience program teaches you to create intuitive design experiences across products, services, and systems. Our hands-on curriculum is grounded in graphic design principles and puts people at the center of the design process. Through interdisciplinary, collaborative coursework, you can learn design skills to build out websites, mobile applications, product interfaces, and more. You’ll graduate with a portfolio that highlights what you’ve learned and shows employers what you can do.

Minors 24 Programs

Minor

Gain a solid foundation in the conceptual and technical aspects of animation and motion media art. Learn from a variety of processes, including stop-motion, 3D animation, and traditional figure drawing.
Deepen your knowledge in the fine arts by studying artistic works and theory from a range of cultures, locations, and historical periods.
Learn design, illustration, and photography methods as you develop ideas into complex book projects. Explore various kinds of storytelling and technical skills.
Expand your creative talents by studying technical design tools, methods, and theory. You’ll learn about studio habits, image making, visual research, typography, and the history of modern design.
Take courses and complete projects in video, motion, new media, and film. This minor is great way for you to add a cross-disciplinary approach to your art practice.
Prepare to sit for the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) exam. In this minor, you'll take online courses with faculty from a consortium of colleges and universities.
Enhance your artistic skills in a specific area or gain experience in several different art forms. You’ll be able to practice drawing, painting, sculpture, and more during hands-on studio sessions.
Learn the foundations of the technical and conceptual aspects of illustration. You’ll develop different techniques in focused areas, such as figure drawing, mixed media, and digital formats.
Take courses and create projects on new media, video, game production, drawing, visual books, and more. Ideal for adding a cross-disciplinary approach to your art practice.
Explore traditional and digital photography techniques as you work with different media, like collage and sculpture. You can also choose to focus on specific genres, including photo noir, landscape and architecture, and portraiture.
Online
Online

Masters 9 Programs

Master of Education

On-Campus/Hybrid
On-Campus/Hybrid
Bring your artistic skills to the classroom. Teach PreK-8 or 5-12 students how to think and learn through the creative process. Continue to develop your own work while discovering the latest in classroom practices, research, and art education.

Master of Arts

On-Campus
Low Residency
On-Campus
Low Residency
Promote healing through drawing, painting, sculpting, and other media. Learn theoretical and practical approaches to help people gain self-awareness and understanding. Become engaged with individuals, families, and communities to foster well-being.
On-Campus
Low Residency
On-Campus
Low Residency
Learn to use dance and movement to enhance communication and relationships and foster mental and physical wellness in clients. As a dance/movement therapist and mental health counselor, explore how dance can yield fresh insights and facilitate the healing process.
On-Campus
Low Residency
On-Campus
Low Residency
Facilitate change through improvisation and performance. As a licensed mental health counselor, use experiential techniques to help others become spontaneous and flexible in their relationships. Practice in schools, clinics, and community centers.
On-Campus
Low Residency
On-Campus
Low Residency
Learn from pioneers in the field as you train to become a licensed mental health counselor, whose practice integrates multiple areas of expression, including art, dance/movement, drama, and music. Choose from our on-campus or low-residency options.
On-Campus
Low Residency
On-Campus
Low Residency
Engage others in music making as a means to wellness. Use musical performance to instill confidence and collaboration. Prepare for careers in diverse settings, including at-risk youth, underserved communities, and clinical and educational centers.

Master of Fine Arts

Low Residency
Low Residency
Our MFA in Creative Writing nurtures and challenges your creative potential in one of six genres: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Graphic Novels and Comics, Writing for Stage and Screen, or Writing for Young People.
Low Residency
Low Residency
Pursue an MFA that’s rigorous yet individually tailored for the 21st century artist. The interdisciplinary focus of the program allows you to craft a course of study that integrates creative work into your daily life.

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Gain the business skills you need to think strategically, identify challenges, offer creative solutions, and lead others. Build your resume with work experience in some of the best places to work in Greater Boston—a hub for tech start-ups.

License Only 1 Program

License Only

On-Campus/Hybrid
On-Campus/Hybrid
If you have an advanced art degree and need only a Massachusetts teaching license, this program will enable you to help PreK-8 or 5-12 students think and learn through the creative process. Develop your own work while discovering the latest in classroom practices, educational equity, assessment, and art education.

PhDs 1 Program

PhD

Low Residency
Low Residency
Transform individuals and communities through creativity, scholarship, and collaboration. Enhance your practice and become a leader in expressive therapies through this low residency doctoral program, which interweaves artistic expression and inquiry with a focus on research

Certificates 9 Programs

Certificate

On-Campus
On-Campus
Gain the knowledge and experience for a career in animation and motion media with our two-year certification program. To be eligible, you must have already completed a bachelor’s degree program.
On-Campus
On-Campus
Learn the ins and outs of graphic design through hands-on courses and internship experience with our two-year certification program. To be eligible, you must have already completed a bachelor’s degree program.
Online
Online
Develop and expand your Graphic Design skills with this online certificate in as little as 3 semesters. To be eligible, you must have already completed a bachelor’s degree program.
On-Campus
On-Campus
Earn professional certification in illustration after two years of specialized study and hands-on experience. To be eligible, you must have already completed a bachelor’s degree program.
Online
Online
Develop and expand your skills and knowledge in User Experience with this online certificate program in as little as 3 semesters. To be eligible, you must have already completed a bachelor's degree program.
Online
Online
Develop and expand your Web Design skills with this online certificate in as little as 3 semesters. To be eligible, you must have already completed a bachelor’s degree program.

Graduate Certificate Programs

On-Campus
On-Campus
Through our certificate program, discover how to integrate the healing power of creative expression into the care of patients in hospitals, health centers, nursing homes, and other settings. You’ll develop a range of skills that open new possibilities in healthcare, education, human services, social work, counseling, and more.
On-Campus
On-Campus
Explore the principles and practices of art, dance/movement, drama, music therapy, and more. Discover how these disciplines, known as expressive therapies, can be integrated into clinical work and build on your current professional practice.

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study Programs

On-Campus
On-Campus
If you have an advanced degree in expressive arts therapy or a related field, and wish to gain in-depth training in the principles and practices of different modalities (art, dance, music, and psychodrama), this certificate program is for you.