Lesley University’s new Digital Filmmaking program, launched in 2015, is a rigorous and forward-looking program that prepares our students to make films and videos with the latest tools and contemporary ideas. Our four-year program incorporates all aspects of filmmaking, encouraging our students to learn multiple roles and “wear all the hats” so that they are versatile, adaptable and capable when joining or leading any project. We emphasize conceptual development, supported with strong technical skills, at all levels of the program.
Ideally located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a center of academia and the arts, the school was formerly known as the Art Institute of Boston. In 2015, we moved to the brand new Lunder Arts Center in Porter Square, Cambridge. Students have access to filming and green-screen studios, production labs, editing and audio suites and a wide range of camera gear. At every level, students are introduced to more advanced cameras and technology, while working to use these tools to express their personal vision.
Our program is integrated with the larger arts culture at the College of Art & Design, and Digital Filmmaking students take shared courses with Animation and Photography students in order to expand their ideas and processes. Our faculty are experts in the field, including major awards at film festivals, two Emmy awards, authoring books on filmmaking, and producing or directing their own films. All of our faculty work professionally, often incorporating their work into the classroom or bringing students onto projects as interns.
The filmmaking field is always changing. New technology and software emerge regularly, and the distribution market is growing into a streaming and on-demand format that is evolving constantly. Our program teaches students the widest range of skills in order promote their professional success. We establish skills in adaptability, artistic inquiry and developing a personal vision. We also emphasize teamwork, community building and the ability to recognize and support individual strengths in a larger group setting.
Our students want to share their stories through the medium of film. Our program helps them find their voice, develop their vision, and create the films that tell their story. We encourage experimental work alongside documentary and narrative films. Lesley is strongly engaged with social justice and we encourage our students to pursue stories that will make the world a better place.