Art & Design

Illustration

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

Discover infinite possibilities to leave your mark.

It starts with an idea: a story to tell, a character to bring to life, a sequence to storyboard, or a surface to design. Combining visual language with traditional and experimental techniques, build the skills you need to prepare for a career in illustration. From visual narratives to character design, concept art, editorial, and surface design, discover infinite possibilities for making your mark as an illustrator.

You'll choose to major in illustration at Lesley 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. 

As you progress through the program, 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.

Illustration
Sara Alfageeh ’18
Sara Alfageeh's essay "How Muslim Comic Creators Are Reclaiming Their Narratives" was awarded the 2016 Kingston-Mann Student Achievement Award. In it, she explores stereotypes that persist in western media regarding Muslim women, and how female Muslim comic creators are working against that. "I am inspired to write about topics I am personally invested in, which happen to be comics and what it means to visibly identify as a Muslim woman in America," Sara says.
The visual story that becomes a new classic. Create it.
Careers
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Faculty

Program Cost Description
Approximate cost for 1 year of attendance in this undergraduate program.
Illustration
  • Tuition
    Fall Tuition
    $13,150
    Spring Tuition
    $13,150
  • Room & Board
    Double/Triple/Quad Room
    $9,570
    Housing Deposit
    $300
    Meal Plan
    $6,180
  • Fees
    Health Service Fee
    $800
    Department Fee
    $500
    Activity Fee
    $250
    Materials Fee
    $150
    Registration Fee
    $80
    Lab Fee
    $40
  • Total
Estimated Cost

Review all undergraduate tuition and fees, and what they cover.

Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

  • Tuition
    Fall Tuition
    $13,150
    Spring Tuition
    $13,150
  • Fees
    Department Fee
    $500
    Activity Fee
    $250
    Materials Fee
    $150
    Registration Fee
    $80
    Lab Fee
    $40
  • Total
Estimated Cost

Review all undergraduate tuition and fees, and what they cover.

Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

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Approximate cost for 1 year of study in this undergraduate program. Tuition and fees are for the 2017–2018 academic year.
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