Art & Design

Graphic Design

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

Use design to transform the world.

You have talent and ideas—but that’s just the beginning. As a designer, you can have a positive impact on how people interact with the world.

Hone your skills in design thinking, visual and conceptual problem solving, and visual effects, and you'll learn to create work that has impact. Gain the hands-on experience needed to land your dream job. And have the connections to start your career one of top-rated cities for graphic designers.

Internships are a core requirement of the Graphic Design program, providing professional experience outside the classroom. Students intern at both small and large studios and organizations in Boston and beyond - places like Arnold Worldwide, Hasbro, Rue La La, New Balance, and more. 

In the classroom, you'll gain experience using industry-standard tools for print, motion, and interactive media, while supported by a community of experienced art and design faculty. You’ll be able to work directly with real clients, learn how to address their needs, and produce sophisticated visual work. These experiences cultivate the practical and professional skills necessary to navigate the business side of design.

Graphic design is a broad discipline, allowing you to represent a diverse range of interests and passions in your portfolio. We’ll teach you how to differentiate yourself, promote your work, and develop a portfolio that’s professional and unique. Your design education at Lesley will prepare you for the career you want—just ask the 96 percent of our graduates who are currently working in the field.

An advertisement on an 18-wheeler with a woman with red hair and a shirt that says 100% girl. Repeated four times on the truck.

Dissecting design in Japan

Lesley design and sociology students met in Japan to study how human behavior is influenced by the space that a person is in. Students and faculty saw how designed environments in Japan are human-centered, compared to American design where people often adapt to fit the designed environment.

Sarah jumps for joy infront of store sign on side of road

Sarah Rubenstein '12

The Artisan Snack Expert: Design alum Sarah Rubenstein '12 started her own business for artists and designers that shows up at their door every month.

$71,596
The average salary for professional designers in New England (Source: Burning Glass Labor Insight)
#1
Greater Boston has been named one of the best cities for professional designers. Job opportunities, creative culture, and a vibrant university community make this the perfect place to launch your design career. (Source: Metropolis Magazine)
90%
of employers hiring for design jobs in New England are seeking designers with bachelor's degrees. A degree in design will open doors, and you'll be able to land competitive jobs right after graduation. (Source: Burning Glass Labor Insight)
Lesley alum Caitlin Kalafus at her drum set, playing the drums on stage.
Graphic Design
Caitlin Kalafus ’17
Showing true colors through music and design: Lesley alumna Caitlin Kalafus ’17 is touring this summer with legendary musician Cyndi Lauper
Careers
Work in the Following Areas
Graphic design is a versatile field, with opportunities to work across a wide range of industries and disciplines, including:

Faculty

Approximate cost for 1 year of attendance in this undergraduate program.
Graphic Design
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

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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