Art & Design

Fine Arts

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

Challenge others to see the world from a different perspective.

You have the ability to see things in a way no one else does. Through your art making, you want to solve problems visually and creatively while exploring personal yet universal ideas.

As a fine arts major, you'll discover how to create a positive impact by developing your own visual language. You’ll gain a foundation in traditional media using drawing as your primary platform. Experiment with painting, sculpting, and printmaking, as well as interdisciplinary opportunities, such as installation and project-driven work. And through exhibition, critique, presentation, juries, and writing, learn how to communicate with the world about your voice, style, and ideas.

Through it all, you’ll receive support from working artists who will mentor you through your artistic development. Ongoing instruction and critique from faculty and visiting artists will enrich your studio practice with new perspective and potential. Required internships in Greater Boston will expand your professional skill sets with opportunities to work in museums, galleries, or independent studios amongst artists, historians, curators, and other visual artists.

The end result? You’ll graduate prepared to take your work to unexpected levels while forging a lifelong career in visual arts and culture.

"This academic experience creates many avenues and opportunities that are available in a broad range of industries."
Kristina McCue ’17, Fine Arts
$62,781
The average salary for fine arts graduates, with nearly 70 percent earning $50,000+ and more than 40 percent earning $75,000+.
#1
Creativity is the top skill employers seek in fine arts professionals, followed by communication skills and collaboration.
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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Fine Arts
Percy Fortini-Wright ’03
Percy is a graduate of the BFA in Fine Arts and MFA in Visual Arts programs. As a renowned street artist, he is participating in a new cultural art destination as one of 11 artists who are creating a place for street art within Boston's expanding construction boom. Underground at Ink Block is a converted area that connects South Boston and the South End with miles of walkway and green space.
Careers
Jobs You Could Have
A fine arts degree gives you the flexibility to pursue a wide range of career opportunities, from galleries and museums, to the corporate world and beyond. Some of the job titles for someone with a fine arts degree include:

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Approximate cost for 1 year of attendance in this undergraduate program.
Fine Arts
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
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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

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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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