Art & Design

Visual Narrative

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

You've always been a storyteller.

Your ideas come to life through your art. And as a storyteller, you've always been able to express yourself through written and visual mediums. At Lesley, you'll harness those skills to refine your voice and develop a distinct visual language.

As you work with different storytelling styles, you’ll learn to showcase your unique perspective as an artist and writer. You'll learn all about publishing, layout, and design as you make comics and graphic novels. You'll learn to hone your voice in zines and illustrated books. You'll also work on memoirs, visual histories, board games, gifs, and infographics. As long as you're telling your own story, you'll find support from our expert faculty.

And best of all, you'll graduate prepared to succeed in our contemporary visual landscape. Your fully realized stories will be ready to make their mark on the art world.

In preparation for your professional and creative life, you’ll also gain real-world experience at Lesley. You’ll learn to pitch story ideas and create art alongside working professionals. Every student will enroll in an internship or apprenticeship, taking advantage of the art-scene in the greater Boston area. The connections you make will set you up to further your career.

And as you prepare to move your art into the public realm, you'll work with dedicated faculty in our creative writing and illustration programs to learn about the publishing world. As you practice your story pitch, you'll become immersed in alternative and traditional publishing methods so you’ll leave Lesley confident in your ability to tell your story.

Jess Rizkallah sits on steps at Lesley University.

Jess Rizkallah ’15

Crafting Poetry from the Heart: As a Lebanese-American, Jess draws inspiration from her Arab heritage and identity, which infuses her poetry and illustrations with unique color.

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Alumni
Julia Denos '05
Julia Denos is living her childhood dream as a children’s book author and illustrator. A 2005 graduate, Denos spends her days gathering inspiration and information, breathing life into a fantasy world of color.
Career
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Greater Boston is a great place to start your career in visual arts. Some of the top job titles for someone with a visual narrative degree include:
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Sara Alfageeh

Reclaiming Agency Through Comics: Illustration major Sara Alfageeh's essay, "How Muslim Comic Creators are Reclaiming Their Narratives," was selected as one of three Kingston-Mann Student Achievement Awards winners.

Faculty

Approximate cost for 1 year of attendance in this undergraduate program.
Visual Narrative
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
    $14,250
    Spring Tuition
    $14,250
  • Fees
    Facilities 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
*Enter your GPA to see what merit scholarships you’re eligible to receive.
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

First-year freshman students will also be charged a one-time new student orientation fee their first semester. All students are charged a degree completion fee when they graduate. 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
    $14,250
    Spring Tuition
    $14,250
  • Fees
    Facilities 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
*Enter your GPA to see what merit scholarships you’re eligible to receive.
Presidential or Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship
$10,500
Robert Kaufmann Scholarship
$2,000
Transfer Scholarship
$9,500
Edith Lesley Wolfard Scholarship
$1,000
Lesley Scholarship
$8,500
Community College Scholarship or Lesley Grant
$5,500

You are not eligible for a merit scholarship.

Estimated Cost

Transfer students will also be charged a one-time new student orientation fee their first semester. All students are charged a degree completion fee when they graduate. 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 2019-2020 academic year.
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