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Illustration, B.F.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Cambridge, MA, United States
You'll choose to major in Illustration at Lesley University because you have something to say and are compelled to express it. Here, using visual language and a wide range of tools and methods, you'll develop the ability to conceptualize and execute projects that prepare you for a successful, lifelong career. 
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As you progress through the Illustration program at Lesley University, you'll discover that illustration is all about productivity, professionalism, and serious play. Through rigorous and engaging coursework, critique, individual mentoring, and hands-on internships, you'll gain an in-depth understanding of how illustration shapes contemporary culture. And, you'll further this understanding by meeting working professionals, visiting world-class museums, and exploring the visual culture of Boston and Cambridge.

Plus, you'll get a jumpstart on future possibilities by building strong studio skills and developing the professional practices needed to market and promote yourself. That means you'll leave Lesley not only with a compelling body of work, but also the skills to network, connect, and thrive in the professional world.


Greater Boston is a great place to start your career, where graduates in illustration are in demand - over 70% of employers in the field are seeking candidates with bachelor's degrees. Some of the top job titles for someone with an illustration degree include:
  • Production Artist
  • Graphic Artist
  • Book Illustrator
  • Cartoonist
  • Technical Illustrator
  • Junior Production Artist
  • Graphic Designer

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Rolling admission after the deadline.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Illustration Now
  • Illustration Tools & Methods
  • Anatomy and Figure Drawing
  • Sequential Projects
  • Principles of Illustration
  • Design for Illustration
  • Typography 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Official SAT/ACT test scores (without essay) will be required for applicants to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and for applicants to both undergraduate colleges
  • Students applying to BFA programs in the College of Art and Design must also submit a digital portfolio of 12-20 pieces.
  • If you are dually enrolled in college coursework or simply taking some college level classes, you may submit official college transcripts electronically through a variety of secure sites such as, but not limited to; Parchment, Credential Solutions, E-Scrip Safe, Clearinghouse, Naviance/Common Application, JST Services

Tuition Fee

  • International

    29200 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14600 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    29200 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14600 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Cambridge

  • 1814 - 3760 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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