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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 an 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.

With a graphic design degree from Lesley, you'll blaze a trail in our contemporary visual landscape as you grow into your career as a mobile app designer, book illustrator, commercial graphic designer, information architect, and many more possibilities. When you leave Lesley, your fully realized art work will be ready to make its mark on the art world.

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, Puma, American Repertory Theater, and more. With close guidance from faculty, you'll make connections that will help launch your career.

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 95 percent of our graduates who are currently working in the field.

Craft Creative Combinations
As a Graphic Design 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:
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Human-Centered Design in Japan
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Design Students Combine the Old with the New

Student Work

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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.

$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)
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Graphic Design
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.
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:
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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 study 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
    $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
    $10,660
    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
    $10,660
    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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Ready to get started? We're here to make the application process as smooth as possible. Just answer a few quick questions, and get your customized application guide.