Art & Design

Interactive Design

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

Envision the next era of digital design.

Robots haven’t dominated the planet. Yet. Which means behind every experience with technology, there’s a designer who envisioned every detail.

Here, you’ll discover that even the simplest interactions require deep research. You’ll probe user behavior, design, and systems thinking. You’ll draw from these to execute digital projects, including apps, games, and websites. You’ll ensure technology remains human by creating experiences that help people connect—to information, services, and each other.

It all begins by learning how to speak the language of design. Starting your first year, immerse in a professional studio environment. Explore the skills, processes, and methods that serve as a foundation for all design work. Build thinking and making habits that result in thoughtful design concepts and solutions.

With this groundwork in place, take a user-centered approach to design. Solve complex challenges that affect real people. Taking creative, technical, psychological, and business factors into consideration, discover what makes user interfaces successful in digital and physical spaces. Then, learn how to research, prototype, test, and refine your vision to ensure that it engages, excites, and creates a meaningful impact on your audience.

Throughout the program, apply your skills to real-world internship experiences in Greater Boston. Develop a strong portfolio that shows off your knowledge of visual thinking, interactive design, and industry tools and technologies. Graduate prepared for a career designing digital interactions that serve people and a greater purpose.

Animation students working in the studio

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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.
Skills & Outcomes
The app that changes how people interact with the world. Design it.
Careers
Choose from these interactive design careers (and others that don’t exist yet).

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
    $13,150
    Spring Tuition
    $13,150
  • Fees
    Department Fees
    $500
    Activity Fees
    $250
    Materials Fees
    $150
    Registration Fees
    $80
    Lab Fees
    $40
  • Room & Board
    Double/Triple/Quad Room
    $9,570
    Housing Deposit
    $300
    Meal Plan
    $6,180
    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
    $13,150
    Spring Tuition
    $13,150
  • Fees
    Department Fees
    $500
    Activity Fees
    $250
    Materials Fees
    $150
    Registration Fees
    $80
    Lab Fees
    $40
  • Room & Board
    Double/Triple/Quad Room
    $9,570
    Housing Deposit
    $300
    Meal Plan
    $6,180
    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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Approximate cost for 1 year of study in this undergraduate program. Tuition and fees are for the 2017–2018 academic year.
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