Lesley offers three Master of Fine Arts programs in Visual Arts, Photography, and Creative Writing, all with strong reputations and among the best in the country.
The MFA in Visual Arts program at the College of Art and Design provides the ideal solution for artists, teachers, and other professionals in related fields who are seeking advancement in visual arts. Accredited by both NEASC and NASAD, the MFA program allows you, with the guidance of our internationally known faculty and mentors, to design your own studio and academic plan for each semester.
Created to emphasize craft and concept driven photography, the MFA in Photography degree program is built upon photographic history, and the fluid integration of contemporary media with traditional, and alternative, photographic practice. Of the 60 credits, 33 credits (or 55%) are graduate-level courses, 15% are Professional Studies opportunities for internships, mentoring, fellowships, and teaching assistantships. The remaining 30% are electives chosen from existing studio, critical studies, and art history offerings.
Ranked among the top low-residency MFA creative writing programs in the country, Lesley’s MFA Program in Creative Writing nurtures and challenges your literary promise through rich mentor relationships and interdisciplinary study.
"[My Lesley education] helped me to create more clearly in depth."
— Tamar Hirschl, Alumna and Visual Artist
Assistant Professor of Art History
Sunanda K Sanyal
Professor of Art History and Critical Studies
MFA in Visual Arts
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MFA in Creative Writing
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