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Art & Design

Animation & Motion Media

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

Create visual stories that move people.

Marvel obsessed? Or are Miyazaki marathons more your thing? Translate that burning passion for animated storytelling into a career as a VFX artist, film director, animator, art director, or more. In our 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 with a supported internship or apprenticeship in places like Warner Bros., Nickelodeon, Hero4Hire, and TaketheCake Productions. These experiences will launch you into a creative career in the rapidly-growing creative economy 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 Fox, DreamWorks, and White Snake Projects.

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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.

Craft Creative Combinations
As an Animation & Motion Media 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:

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.

$71,831
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.
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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.
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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:
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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 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
    $14,600
    Spring Tuition
    $14,600
  • Fees
    Facilities Fees
    $500
    Activity Fees
    $250
    Materials Fees
    $150
    Registration Fees
    $80
    Lab Fees
    $40
  • Room & Board
    Double/Triple/Quad Room
    $10,060
    Housing Deposit
    $300
    Meal Plan
    $6,570
    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
    $14,600
    Spring Tuition
    $14,600
  • Fees
    Facilities Fees
    $500
    Activity Fees
    $250
    Materials Fees
    $150
    Registration Fees
    $80
    Lab Fees
    $40
  • Room & Board
    Double/Triple/Quad Room
    $10,060
    Housing Deposit
    $300
    Meal Plan
    $6,570
    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 2020-2021 academic year.
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