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Art & Design

Art

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Discover new possibilities in every art form.

Creativity is second nature to you. You love to think about the theory behind art and its concepts. In this program, you’ll choose from a vast array of electives to broaden your experience and understanding of art. Our BA program will help cultivate the critical thinking and practical skills needed for you to make a career in the art world. Plus, with fewer credits (120) and studio requirements than our BFA programs, it’s especially ideal if you want to take on a double major.

At Lesley, you’ll discover the many aspects of art with a mix of lectures, field trips, and hands-on studio sessions. You'll make connections that will launch you into the creative economy with internships at places like the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Boston Center for the Arts, the Whitney Museum, Boston Printmakers, Disney, Cartoon Network, Film Roman, and many more. And once you graduate, you'll blaze a train in a career as a practicing artist, museum curator, photojournalist, gallery director, archivist, art educator, and many more possibilities

Our expert faculty will teach you different techniques and media to help showcase your artistic individuality. From figure drawing to art history, painting to 3D art, you’ll take your creativity and perspective to new levels. And, learn to analyze work in terms of its form, content, and meaning.

You’ll find a strong sense of artistic community throughout your study at Lesley. Every course is designed to prepare you for a career in the arts. And, you’ll participate in internships in Greater Boston that will further your knowledge and skills for the real world. The possibilities for you artistic future are endless.

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Craft Creative Combinations
As an Art 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:
Gain Skills & Expertise
cityscape painting
Sean Flood ’05
Sean Flood is a Boston native. He has traveled its streets and neighborhoods by paint and canvas, and captured the city's architectural landscape. Exposed from a young age, by the influence of his father, to building construction, carpentry, architecture, and design, Flood says that he started to enjoy painting architecture and interior spaces—which then developed into a specific interest in cityscapes and architectural buildings.
student working on art in studio

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.

Choose from these fine arts career paths (and others that don’t exist yet).
drone photography of cambridge
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.
Art
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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