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Visual Arts

Emphasizing focused practice and discipline, this program inspires and trains you to deliver your best work as an artist. Here, experimentation and risk-taking are encouraged.

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Find meaning and momentum in your work

In Lesley’s Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts program, you’ll be paired with a mentoring artist who will evaluate your progress and inspire fresh approaches to your work. Integrate creative work into your daily life through independent study and small, intensive seminars and critiques joined by fellow students, faculty, visiting artists, curators, and critics.

Recent visiting artists:

  • Joan Jonas
  • Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev
  • Beth Campbell
  • Keltie Ferris
  • Marc Handelman
  • A.K. Burns

Specialize your education you by designing your own curriculum each semester with the guidance of our internationally known faculty and mentors.

“The residency gives you an archive of ideas that you can keep going back to. It’s an intense 10 days but it’s a really wonderful experience that immerses you fully in thinking about your artwork and others’.”

Stacey Piwinski ‘14
Distinguished faculty

Learn from leaders

Professors, not graduate students, teach 100% of our classes. Among our faculty, 92% hold the highest degrees in their field of study.


Think beyond campus

Study in the world capital of bold thinking and big ideas; the vibrant intellectual and cultural community of America’s biggest college town.

Individualized attention

Support breeds success

Our faculty put students first. When you come to Lesley, you’ll receive one-on-one support and mentorship from your professors throughout the program.

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