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Fine Arts, B.F.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Cambridge, MA, United States
You have the ability to see things in a way no one else does. Through your art making, you want to solve problems visually and creatively while exploring personal yet universal ideas. The Fine Arts program is offered by Lesley University.
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As a student in the Fine Arts program offered by Lesley University, you'll discover how to create a positive impact by developing your own visual language. You’ll gain a foundation in traditional media using drawing as your primary platform. Experiment with painting, sculpting, and printmaking, as well as interdisciplinary opportunities, such as installation and project-driven work. And through exhibition, critique, presentation, juries, and writing, learn how to communicate with the world about your voice, style, and ideas.

Through it all, you’ll receive support from working artists who will mentor you through your artistic development. Ongoing instruction and critique from faculty and visiting artists will enrich your studio practice with new perspective and potential. Required internships in Greater Boston will expand your professional skill sets with opportunities to work in museums, galleries, or independent studios amongst artists, historians, curators, and other visual artists.

The end result? You’ll graduate prepared to take your work to unexpected levels while forging a lifelong career in visual arts and culture.


A fine arts degree gives you the flexibility to pursue a wide range of career opportunities, from galleries and museums, to the corporate world and beyond. Some of the job titles for someone with a fine arts degree include:
  • Art Historian
  • Art Librarian
  • Collection Manager
  • Commercial Artist
  • Curator
  • Screen Printer
  • Sculptor
  • Set and Exhibition Designer
  • Sketch Artist

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:

  • Introduction to Painting
  • Color and Composition
  • Figure Drawing
  • Drawing Intensive
  • Visual Culture Seminar
  • Image in Context

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.

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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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