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. Explore media and tools that give life to visual stories, characters, and environments. Experiment with traditional and emerging techniques, from stop-motion to digital CGI. Work 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. Develop your own distinctive style and voice as an artist and director. Gain professional experiences that lead to careers in film, TV, game design, and beyond.

For animators, success begins with drawing. It’s a fundamental tool for seeing the world, as well as understanding light and space. It's your pathway to mastering new concepts, like storyboarding, character design, and motion art. It's how you'll build toward creating impactful animated shorts, special effects, advertising spots, and more.

At Lesley University, you'll push the boundaries of your work. You’ll pursue fresh thinking and new approaches in state-of-the-art animation facilities. You’ll gain support from expert faculty who’ve won Emmys and international awards, run successful studios, and worked for innovators like Nickelodeon, DreamWorks, and Soup2Nuts.

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, resiliency, and inventiveness. And propel you into the animation industry with a reel that shows employers what you're all about.

Animation students working in the studio

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.

“Animation is about bringing everything in your imagination to life.”
Nick Mancini ’18, Animation & Motion Media
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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
    $13,150
    Spring Tuition
    $13,150
  • Fees
    Department Fees
    $500
    Activity Fees
    $250
    Materials Fees
    $150
    Registration Fees
    $80
    Lab Fees
    $40
  • Room & Board
    Double/Triple/Quad Room
    $9,570
    Housing Deposit
    $300
    Meal Plan
    $6,180
    Health Service Fees (required for resident students)
    $800
  • Total
Calculate Estimated Merit Scholarship
*Test scores are optional for art & design programs, but please enter your GPA.
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

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
    $13,150
    Spring Tuition
    $13,150
  • Fees
    Department Fees
    $500
    Activity Fees
    $250
    Materials Fees
    $150
    Registration Fees
    $80
    Lab Fees
    $40
  • Room & Board
    Double/Triple/Quad Room
    $9,570
    Housing Deposit
    $300
    Meal Plan
    $6,180
    Health Service Fees (required for resident students)
    $800
  • Total
Calculate Estimated Merit Scholarship
Presidential Scholarship
$10,500
Transfer Scholarship
$9,500
Lesley Scholarship
$8,500

You are not eligible for a merit scholarship.

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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