Art & Design

Animation & Motion Media

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

Create visual stories that move people.

Pixar obsessed? Or are Miyazaki marathons more your thing? Translate that burning passion for animated storytelling into your future. In our new state-of-the-art visual effects (VFX) facilities, including a 3D fabrication studio, a rendering farm, and a 130-seat screening room, you'll experiment with traditional and emerging techniques, from stop-motion to digital CGI.

Explore media and tools that give life to visual stories, characters, and environments. Master new concepts, like character animation for 3D and 2D, narrative fabrication, fine arts animation, visual elements design, and visual effects. Learn the 12 Principles of Animation, cinematic language, and technology through reasoning and reasoning through technology. Then go beyond the classroom and gain professional experiences that lead to careers in film, TV, game design, and more.

Everything you learn and do in Lesley’s Animation and Motion Media program prepares you for the professional world. Required internships connect you to real-life studios in Greater Boston. Help you develop critical thinking, collaboration, and problem-solving skills. And propel you into the animation industry with a reel that shows employers what you're all about.

At Lesley University, you'll push the boundaries of your work. You’ll pursue fresh thinking and new approaches, and gain support from expert faculty who’ve won Emmys and international awards, run successful studios, and worked for innovators like Nickelodeon, DreamWorks, and White Snake Projects.

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.

Student Work

$71,831
The average salary for animation professionals in New England (Source: Burning Glass Labor Insight)
90%
of employers hiring for animation jobs in New England are seeking graduates with bachelor's degrees. A degree in animation will open doors, and you'll be able to land competitive jobs right after graduation. (Source: Burning Glass Labor Insight)
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.
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Professional Experience
Community Animation
Animation students partner with Boston Alliance for LGBTQ+ Youth, Green Cambridge, Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy and The Filmmakers Collaborative Academy. Mirroring the processes of a professional animation studio, students work on animation development, client relations and managing animated productions.

Students working with Green Cambridge explained the non-profit’s heritage trees initiative. Like the other animated productions, students briefly presented the initiative and made the story more relatable for locals. They spread the word about services in the area and developed a narrative through conceptual and technical storytelling.
illustration of woman sitting in chair next to child with IV in their arm
Boston Children's Hospital
Animation instructor Alex Salsberg and student interns used animation to help Boston Children’s Hospital translate a complicated new medical treatment and visually narrate the process to make the information accessible to everybody. The project was about creating something for all ages and backgrounds to inform both the general public and patients undergoing gene therapy treatment.
students listen to a presentation in screening room
Film Festivals
Animation students and alumni screen their films at the first annual Massachusetts Animated Student & Senior Thesis Film Festival. The Festival was designed and curated by two LA+D faculty, Alex Salsberg and Ian Connell, with help from AniMAtic Boston members. The purpose of the Festival is to showcase student films from art and design schools all over New England.

Other festivals students have been accepted into include: The Best of Weird Local Film Festival, Our World Film Series: A Short Night, PAX East, Student Film Summit, among others. With many participating in well-established festivals, animation students and alumni are screening their work all across New England to rave reviews.
Careers
Jobs You Could Have
Professional opportunities in animation are expanding, and Greater Boston is a great place to start your career. Job titles for someone with an animation degree include:

Faculty

Approximate cost for 1 year of attendance in this undergraduate program.
Animation & Motion Media
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
Calculate Estimated Merit Scholarship
*Enter your GPA to see what merit scholarships you’re eligible to receive.
Presidential Scholarship
$10,500
Robert Kaufmann Scholarship
$2,000
Dean’s Scholarship
$9,500
Edith Lesley Wolfard Scholarship
$1,000
Lesley Scholarship
$8,500
Lesley Grant Award
$5,500

You are not eligible for a merit scholarship.

Estimated Cost

First-year freshman students will also be charged a one-time new student orientation fee their first semester. All students are charged a degree completion fee when they graduate. 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
Calculate Estimated Merit Scholarship
*Enter your GPA to see what merit scholarships you’re eligible to receive.
Presidential or Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship
$10,500
Robert Kaufmann Scholarship
$2,000
Transfer Scholarship
$9,500
Edith Lesley Wolfard Scholarship
$1,000
Lesley Scholarship
$8,500
Community College Scholarship or Lesley Grant
$5,500

You are not eligible for a merit scholarship.

Estimated Cost

Transfer students will also be charged a one-time new student orientation fee their first semester. All students are charged a degree completion fee when they graduate. 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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