Art & Design

Interactive Design

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

Explore the power of design to change people’s lives.

Behind every great experience is a designer who envisioned every moment.

Learn what human-centered design really means, and discover how to create visual design work that responds to human interaction. You'll design end-to-end user experiences that address the needs, emotions, and behaviors of real people. Develop the visual and conceptual skills that serve as a foundation for all design work. And build on those skills during your internships, where you'll have opportunities to gain real-world, on-the-job training in one of top-rated cities for designers.

At Lesley University's College of Art and Design, you'll immerse in a thriving community of experienced design faculty who will teach you the tools and techniques for prototyping interactive design. Work directly with clients, conduct user testing, and prototype and design projects using industry-standard tools and technologies. Your classwork will push you to develop your world view and your empathy as you work to solve complex challenges at individual and global scales.

By the end of the program, you'll showcase your knowledge of visual thinking and dynamic interactions in a portfolio that will engage, delight, and create a meaningful impact on your audience.

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We're excited to launch our new visual effects facilities, outfitted with state-of-the-art VFX and motion capture technology. Get access to the best facilities in New England, and the hands-on experience needed to break into one of the highest-paying careers in the art and design industry.

Steve Salmon reviews one team's "Elder Park," with Christine Lopez Corado (left) and Stacia Pedersen (right).
Featured Course
Designing with the User in Mind
Students collaborate with clients more than three times their age in Design Thinking. A course, mandatory for all design students, was created around the relatively new concept of “design thinking” that emphasizes creative problem-solving by putting human needs at the center of the design process.
The app that changes how people interact with the world. Design it.
$71,596
The average salary for professional designers, making this an exciting and promising career path.
#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.
90%
of employers hiring for design jobs 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.
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Alumni
Rafael Rodrigues ’16
Rafael Rodrigues is a Design graduate from the College of Art and Design and has been working extensively in the User Experience/User Interface (UX/UI) industry in the Boston area for several years. His professional experience has spanned print and web design, and most recently software design. Rafael works at GrabCAD based here in Cambridge, and also the United Kingdom and Estonia.
Careers
Jobs You Could Have
Designers are in high demand across a wide range of industries, from healthcare and technology to education, advertising, marketing, and beyond. Some of the job titles for someone with a design degree include:

Faculty

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