Changing your major to the College of Arts, Media and Design

  1. We strongly recommend that you start the process by meeting with a faculty mentor  in your new major to talk about your educational and professional interests and goals for the major to make sure it’s the right choice for you.  A directory of faculty mentors is on our Faculty Mentoring page.
  2. Once you’re ready to make the change, then it’s time to schedule an appointment with your new Academic Advisor to make the change official and start the academic planning process.

If you are considering building your own Combined Major from the list of Half Major Templates, the process is nearly the same, but you’ll be meeting with faculty in both departments as well as the academic advisors for each half you want to combine.

For change of major procedures in other colleges, start with the information on this Registrar’s page.

Changing your major as an incoming freshman or transfer student

Admitted students who have not yet started their first semester as a new freshman or transfer student need to request a major change through Admissions.  Please log into your myNEU account and follow the links to request a major change.  Admissions will review the major change request and then be in touch once the change has been approved and processed.

Architecture

Any student with an overall GPA of 2.500 or higher may switch into Architecture or Urban Landscape Architecture, waiving the requirement for specific courses.

Any student with an overall GPA of 2.000 or higher may switch into Architectural Studies, waiving the requirement for specific courses.

Students with GPAs below the stated thresholds must:
1) Meet with our Student Success Coach to discuss joining the major.
2) Complete the following four courses with the specified minimum grades:

ARCH 1110 Fundamental Architectural Representation (6 SH)
with a grade of B- or better
ARCH 1310 Architecture and Global Cultures, Prehistory to 1400 (4 SH)
with a grade of C or better
MATH 1241 Calculus 1 (4 SH)
with a passing grade
PHYS 1141 General Physics (4 SH)
(for architecture majors) with a passing grade
or ENVR 1200 Dynamic Earth (4 SH)
(for landscape architecture majors) with a passing grade

 Art + Design

Any student with an overall GPA of 2.000 or higher may transfer into the Art + Design majors, waiving the requirement for specific courses.

Students with GPA below 2.000 must:
1) Meet with our Student Success Coach to discuss joining the major.
2) Complete the following courses with a grade of C+ or better:

Majors in:
• Art
• Design
• Media Arts

ARTF 1122 2D Fundamentals: Surface and Drawing (4 SH)
with ARTF 1123 2D Tools (1 SH)
or ARTF 1124 3D Fundamentals: Structure and Drawing (4 SH)
with ARTF 1125 3D Tools (1 SH)
ARTH 1110 Global Art + Design History: Ancient to Medieval (4 SH)
or ARTH 1111 Global Art + Design History: Renaissance to Modern (4 SH)

Combined Major in Digital Art and Game Design

ARTF 1122 2D Fundamentals: Surface and Drawing (4 SH)
with ARTF 1123 2D Tools (1 SH)
or ARTF 1124 3D Fundamentals: Structure and Drawing (4 SH)
with ARTF 1125 3D Tools (1 SH)
ARTH 1111 Global Art + Design History: Renaissance to Modern (4 SH)
or ARTH 2212 Survey of the Still and Moving Image (4 SH)

Pre-approved Template Programs in:
• Graphic and Information Design
• Interaction Design
• Media Arts

Pre-approved template programs may be paired in a variety of combinations to yield combined majors. More info.

ARTF 1122 2D Fundamentals: Surface and Drawing (4 SH)
with ARTF 1123 2D Tools (1 SH)
ARTH 2210 Modern Art + Design History (4 SH)

Pre-approved Template Program in Visual Studies

Pre-approved template programs may be paired in a variety of combinations to yield combined majors. More info.

ARTH 1111 Global Art + Design History: Renaissance to Modern (4 SH)
ARTH 2210 Modern Art + Design History (4 SH)

Studio Art

Portfolio review by the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.


Communication Studies

Any student with a 2.000 or better overall GPA may transfer into the communication studies major, waiving the requirement for specific courses.

Students with an overall GPA below a 2.000 must:
1) Meet with our Student Success Coach to discuss joining the major.
2) Complete two of the following three courses with a grade of C or better:

COMM 1101 Introduction to Communication Studies (4 SH)
COMM 1112 Public Speaking (4 SH)
COMM 2301 Methods and Research in Communication (4 SH)

Game Design

Any student with an overall GPA of 2.000 or better  may transfer into this major, waiving the requirement for specific courses.

Students with GPA below 2.000 must:
1) Meet with our Student Success Coach to discuss joining the major.
2) Complete the following two courses with grades of C or better:

ARTF 1122 2D Fundamentals: Surface and Drawing (4 SH)
with ARTF 1123 2D Tools (1 SH)
GAME 2500 Foundations of Game Design (4 SH)

Please see guidelines under Computer and Information Science for the following combined major:

  • Computer science and game design

Please see guidelines under Art + Design for the following combined major:

  • Digital art and game design

Journalism

Any student with an overall GPA of 2.000 or higher may transfer into the Journalism major and combined majors.

Students with a GPA below 2.000 must meet with our Student Success Coach to discuss joining the major.
No major-specific requirements for the full major or combined major programs.


Media and Screen Studies

Any student with a 2.000 or better overall GPA may transfer into a Media and Screen Studies major, waiving the requirement for specific courses.

Students with an overall GPA below a 2.000 must:
1) Meet with our Student Success Coach to discuss joining the major.
2) Complete the following two courses with a grade of B or better:

MSCR 1220 Media, Culture, and Society (4 SH)
MSCR 2220 Understanding Media and Film (4 SH)

For the following combined major programs, also follow the major-specific requirements of the partner program:

  • Media and Screen Studies and Communication Studies
  • Media and Screen Studies and Political Science

Music

Requirements for transfer into the music majors are listed below.

Music with Concentration in Music Composition and Technology

Students must submit a portfolio of recent original work and complete an interview.

Music

No major-specific requirements.

Music with Concentration in Music Industry

Students with a GPA below 2.000 must meet with our Student Success Coach to discuss joining the major.
No major-specific requirements for the full major or combined major programs.

Combined Major in Computer Science and Music
with Concentration in Music Composition and Technology

Students must submit a portfolio of recent original work and complete an interview in addition to meeting the requirements outlined for majors in Computer and Information Science.


Theatre

Students with a GPA below 2.000 must meet with our Student Success Coach to discuss joining the major.
No major-specific requirements for the full major or combined major programs.

Declare a minor in the College of Arts, Media and Design

You can either stop by our office in 100 Meserve Hall to fill out a Program of Study Petition in person or you can drop us an email with the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your NUID
  • The name of the CAMD minor you want to declare.

If you need to drop your CAMD minor, you can also send us an email with that same information.

To declare a minor in another college, contact the advising center for that college. Links are available at the Mentoring and Advising page.