CAMD 2014 Annual

A look back at the very best stories from 2013 in the first annual magazine for Northeastern University’s College of Arts, Media and Design.

Message from the Founding Dean

Creativity + Entrepreneurship

Dean-HeadshotSince 2010, the College of Arts, Media and Design offers a unique combination of disciplines with vast potential to push boundaries in the visual and performing arts, communication, journalism, architecture, and design. As our faculty, students, and alumni work to unlock that potential in innovative new ways, I continue to be awed by their fearless creativity and bold entrepreneurial spirit.

That spirit fills the pages of this magazine. In our review of the college in 2013, you will read about how students in Communication Studies, Music Industry, and Art + Design are forging their own paths and making their mark on the world. You will get a preview of cutting edge research by faculty and students in Game Design and Architecture. And you will meet alumni from Journalism and Theatre who continue to engage with their alma mater in distinct and important ways.

You will also see a portrait of our young college as a place of intense energy and growth, with new undergraduate and graduate programs in emerging areas, from data visualization to sustainable urban design; new faculty at the top of their fields in industry and the academy; and a revitalized Northeastern Center for the Arts with an exciting new interdisciplinary mission.

We are proud of the strides that we have made in our few short years as a college community. Whether you are an alumna or alumnus, a parent, or a current or future student, I hope you share in our sense of accomplishment.


Xavier Costa
Founding Dean, College of Arts, Media and Design


Baby steps? Not us! Though we are one of the youngest colleges at Northeastern University, the College of Arts, Media and Design has grown in leaps and bounds since our programs moved from the old College of Arts and Sciences to form CAMD in 2010. Here are some highlights from three bustling years.

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Making their mark

At Northeastern University’s College of Arts, Media and Design, students pursue their passions in and outside of the classroom, studio, and lab–and often end up changing the world.

Old school

Didn’t get your hands on a physical copy of CAMD 2014 ANNUAL? Or just more of an old soul when it comes to reading material? We’ve got you covered. Check out the CAMD Magazine to the right in all its full-spread glory as it was meant to be seen.


Practice what you teach

In fall 2013, the College of Arts, Media and Design welcomed our inaugural Professors of the Practice to campus. These renowned industry leaders are sharing their expertise in architecture, gaming, music, filmmaking, and popular culture with the CAMD community.

Social media

Developing creative opportunities for students is the cornerstone of CAMD’s social media presence. Whether it’s a start-of-the-semester photo hunt, a fall-themed digital exhibition, or playlists submitted by students, faculty, staff, or alumni, we bring the community together to share, collaborate, and have fun.

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Art in action

The revitalized Northeastern Center for the Arts has an expanded interdisciplinary mission, new leadership, and even stronger campus and community connections. We sat down with director Bree Edwards to talk about the center’s history, unique interdisciplinary focus, and engagement with students on and off campus.


For some, experiential learning is a pathway to a future career or creative inspiration. For others, it’s a chance to venture outside their comfort zone and get their hands on something new. But for all CAMD students who pursued global experiential opportunities in 2013—from co-op to study abroad to Dialogue of Civilizations programs—it was a way to find confidence in their futures and embrace a spirit of adventure.

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A closeup of a Makerbot misprint in the Digital Media Commons’ 3D Printing Studio

About the cover

For their final 3D Foundations project, Art + Design students CARRIE AMBO, AMD’17, AMELIA OON, AMD’18, BENJI SMITH, AMD’18, and AUDREY ZECHA, AMD’18, developed #wave, a site-specific installation of laser-cut hashtags that serves as a commentary on the relationship between social media and society.