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Shaping the Careers of Professional Artists and Designers for Over 100 Years

This is the College of Art and Design. This is where students come to forgo convention and forge meaningful careers in the arts.

Take risks with diverse disciplines and media. Be guided by faculty who encourage interdisciplinary exploration. Engage in small classes and receive intensive studio mentoring. Here, you'll gain direct access to trailblazers in contemporary visual culture and build professional connections in Cambridge—a mecca for the arts.

Emphasizing focused practice and discipline, our programs for undergraduate and graduate students train you to deliver the best work you’re capable of.

The Lesley University Lunder Arts Center in Porter Square, Cambridge

Lunder Arts Center

This is the new home of the College of Art and Design, located on vibrant Massachusetts Avenue in Porter Square. The state-of-the-art facilities and connecting arts library contain classrooms, studios, digital labs, and flexible areas for collaborative work.

Personal Mentorship Meets Rigorous Practice

Under the guidance of our faculty, you’ll hone your craft. Push ideas in new directions. And gain the professional experience to move forward in your career and take your work into the public realm.

Academics
11:1
student-faculty ratio in studio-based courses
Internships & Apprenticeships
100%
of undergraduate students complete internships or apprenticeships

Classes, workshops, and seminars will be small yet demanding, allowing you to engage deeply. You’ll learn how to offer critique and develop your ability to speak powerfully about your work’s inspiration and intent.

As part of a larger university, you’ll have the opportunity to explore beyond the studio. Take liberal arts courses. Study abroad or enroll in an accelerated dual bachelor’s/master’s degree program. Required internships and apprenticeships provide you with the practical skills to break into the professional world.

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Community Engagement
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Exhibition Spaces
“Rigorous opportunities for critical inquiry, exploration and
experimentation, and engaged critique are the hallmarks of the
College of Art and Design experience.”
Richard Zauft, Dean, College of Art and Design
Accreditation