Master On Campus

Visual Arts

Lesley University

24 months
31500 USD/year
31500 USD/year
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This 60-credit  Visual Arts program at Lesley University is one of the oldest and most established low-residency MFA in Visual Arts programs in the United States. Each residency is separated by a 6-month semester of independent studio work mentored by a local artist and academic advising from our MFA faculty.


Pursue an Visual Arts that’s rigorous yet individually tailored for the 21st century artist. Over a two year period, the interdisciplinary focus of the program allows you to craft a course of study that integrates creative work into your daily life. Flexible enough to mold as your interests evolve, our program—one of the oldest and most established low-residency MFAs in the country—will help you advance your art practice and develop necessary skills for a career in the arts.

Each January and June, you'll participate in 10-day residencies within a supportive arts community of diverse faculty and students. An immersion of critique, seminars, visiting artist talks, and exhibitions, the residency experience is catalyst for the development of your critical dialogue and personal vision. And our new Lunder Arts Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a center of academia and the arts, gives you access to a vibrant arts culture. 

Learning outcomes

Each individual residency at Lesley University is connected by a semester of academic advising from our MFA program faculty, as well as mentored independent studio work. Working with a local artist mentor over the entire semester, you'll be exposed to new feedback and conversations about your art, while gaining access to an arts community in your region.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The Residencies
  • Studio Work 
  • Academic Work 
  • Critical Theory Seminars
  • The Thesis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Official Transcripts
  • Foreign Academic Credentials Evaluation
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • English Language Proficiency
  • Written Personal Statement
  • Submit a current résumé.
  • Submit your portfolio.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    31500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 63000 USD for the full programme during 24 months.
  • National

    31500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 63000 USD for the full programme during 24 months.

Living costs for Cambridge

1814 - 3756 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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