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Photography, B.F.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Cambridge, MA, United States
Immerse yourself in the world of photographic expression and critical thinking. In the Photography program offered by Lesley University you will learn how to create a photograph from initial concept to final image, control technical elements, and take command of your visual language. 
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Dive right into the field during your first-year foundation courses. These technical and conceptual classes, combined with courses in the humanities, art history, and visual arts, prepare you to approach the medium in new ways. Everything you learn this year lays the groundwork for you to dig deeper into photography’s practices, discourses, and personal and societal concerns.

As you progress, focus on the areas of photography that interest you, from alternative processes to digital printing, installation, and video work. Work alongside experienced faculty who broaden your experience with diverse viewpoints, backgrounds, and approaches. Apply your new knowledge and skills to building a body of work that reflects your distinctive style and voice.

Throughout your studies in the Photography program offered by Lesley University, receive feedback from photographic artists, critics, gallery owners, curators, and printers, and make connections during internships throughout Greater Boston and beyond. Present your work in student-curated and solo exhibitions. Get published in the annual student photography magazine, Taking In. Graduate with the real-world experience needed to push the boundaries of the medium and your career.


Professional opportunities in photography are in demand, and Greater Boston is a great place to start your career. Some of the top job titles for someone with an photography degree include:
  • Photojournalist
  • Studio Technician
  • Photography Teacher
  • Product Photographer
  • Medical/Scientific Photographer
  • Sports Photographer
  • Curator
  • Archivist

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:

  • Photography Lab 
  • Foundation Seminar
  • Drawing Intensive
  • Visual Culture Seminar
  • Image in Context
  • Sophomore Seminar I: Concepts
  • Junior Year Portfolio
  • Professional Directions

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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