Art & Design

Digital Filmmaking

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

Capture your vision and share your story.

Director. Editor. Videographer. Dig deeper, and you’ll realize they’re all synonyms for storyteller. That’s what you’ll become in Lesley University's digital filmmaking program.

Here, you’ll create films that challenge conventional thinking, inspire action, or elicit emotion. With a foundation in cinematography, sound design, lighting, and editing, and access to unmatched visual effects facilities, you’ll turn your vision into a story that can be produced and distributed.

As a digital filmmaking major, you'll examine contemporary and historical works. Collaborate with others as you master writing, planning, filming, recording, and post-production techniques. And gain the tools and vocabulary you need to bring your stories to life.

Throughout the program, discover ways to evolve your skills and ideas through the process of making. Pursue fictional narratives, documentary projects, web-based shorts, and experimental video in our state-of-the-art facilities. Plus, get experience working on professional film productions in Greater Boston through required internships. You'll be prepared for in-demand careers in advertising, broadcasting, publishing, motion pictures, and beyond.

Animation students working in the studio

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Student Work

$56,252
The average salary for digital filmmaking professionals in New England. (Source: Burning Glass Labor Insight)
93%
of filmmaking employers in New England are seeking graduates with bachelor's degrees. A degree in digital filmmaking will open doors, and you'll be able to land competitive jobs right after graduation.
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.
Faculty Matt Nash
Digital Filmmaking
Matthew Nash
Matthew Nash, professor and chair of digital filmmaking, believes in teaching artists to embrace their own unique methods of growth and evolution.

He's the publisher emeritus of the art magazine "Big Red & Shiny" and is also half of the artist team Harvey Loves Harvey. In 2013, he released his award-winning documentary film "16 Photographs at Ohrdruf," which has screened both nationally and internationally and was released in German and French language versions.

He has recently completed two short science-fiction films, "Dysopticon" (2015) and "Astronaut" (2017).
Careers
Jobs You Could Have
Professional opportunities in filmmaking are expanding, and Greater Boston is a great place to start your career. Some of the top job titles for someone with a Digital Filmmaking degree include:

Faculty

Approximate cost for 1 year of attendance in this undergraduate program.
Digital Filmmaking
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
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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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