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 storyboarding, character design, and motion art. And build toward creating impactful animated shorts, special effects, advertising spots, and more. 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.

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.

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.
Careers
Where You Could Work
Work across a wide range of industries, from filmmaking to technology, healthcare, education, advertising, gaming, and beyond. Companies you could work for include:
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
    $13,800
    Spring Tuition
    $13,800
  • Fees
    Department 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
*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
    $13,800
    Spring Tuition
    $13,800
  • Fees
    Department 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
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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