The graduate programs in Northeastern University’s Department of Art + Design teach visual fluency in today’s technology-driven world. We offer innovative master of fine arts (MFA) programs that span the field of art and design, push the boundaries of visual communication, and help our students bring ideas to life.
The School of Architecture and the Department of Art + Design offer a combined major in architecture and graphic and information design. Students interested in the combined major connect specific problem solving inherent to architectural understanding with the larger context of contemporary cities.
A studio-based fine art program that offers a broad and deep exploration of what it means to be culturally aware, skilled, and productive, the Bachelor of Arts in Art balances studio courses in drawing/painting and digital media with art history and visual studies.
The combined major in business administration and design integrates fundamental design courses with the theory and practice of management through active learning, problem-driven research, corporate partnerships, and experiential assignments.
Students interested in the combined major integrate the study of communication skills and processes with the design of message and meaning, integrating text, image, and data.
Students interested in the combined major integrate the study of communication skills and processes with the study of the creation of the narrative arts, required for professional work in documentary film, game art and promotion, visualization, motion graphics, interactive art, illustration, and short animated films.
Students will declare a concentration in interaction design, graphic and information design, or experience design. Students in this major often have an interest in human-centered design methods used in developing digital interfaces and applications.
Students will engage in building and developing games and playable media experiences while completing courses in computer science and specialized game technology and design.
Students will acquire a solid foundation in computer science and media arts through curriculum that spans photography, animation, video, database design, computer graphics, and human-computer interaction.
Concentrations in design practices are graphic and information design, interaction design, and experience design.
Students interested in the combined major in English and graphic and information design integrate the study of literature and writing with the design of message and meaning, integrating text, image, and data.
Experience Design is a holistic and integrative approach to design that focuses on the quality of the human experience in concrete situations. It employs investigation, analysis, creativity and technology as tools to understand human goals, needs, and desires and to mediate the human experience. The Experience Design program at Northeastern...
Game Art and Animation offers students an opportunity to master visual arts and animation within the game medium. The program focuses on developing the depth of knowledge required to be successful in a highly competitive industry.
Focusing on the science of game development, students have an opportunity to learn the design and technological skills needed to build a game and develop a deep understanding of playability and analytics that make products successful in an increasingly competitive marketplace.
Focusing on the creative side of game development, the BFA in Games aims to transform students into critical makers with the ability to create high-quality, innovative, and expressive games, playful experiences, and artifacts across a broad array of media and contexts.
Students interested in the combined major integrate the study of mathematical reasoning including methods for analyzing and solving problems encountered in the physical world with the design of message and meaning, integrating text and image to visualize concepts and data to enhance human understanding of complex and vital knowledge.
The Master of Fine Arts in Information Design and Visualization focuses on the analytical and visual communication of information. Successful graduates are experts in the visual languages of data who produce effective and meaningful visual displays of abstract information. They collaborate with other professionals, researchers, or clients in a variety...
Northeastern’s MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts educates socially-engaged artists for a lifetime of creative, critical, and effective work in the public sphere. Drawing on visual and performing art, media studies, and the expanded field of design, our curriculum supports the development of ambitious projects by a diverse, international group of creative practitioners....
Students in this combined major in journalism and interaction design at Northeastern integrate the study of journalism with the study of art and design.
The continuing revolution in digital computing and global communications has produced a rapidly evolving field for artists who create experiences of image and form with computer screens, intelligent devices and new materials; who also invent tools for exploring, creating, and distributing their ideas and works. We offer concentrations in media...
Students pursuing the combined major are able to integrate the theory and practice of contemporary media studies with the deep appreciation of the narrative arts that is required for professional work in documentary film, game art and promotion, visualization, motion graphics, interactive art, illustration, and short animated films.
In this major, the studio art classes are taken at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, which permits students to explore a wide range of artistic media including ceramics, drawing, film, glasswork, metalsmith, painting, performance, print and paper, sculpture, and sound in their extensive studio environments. Art and...
The Animation minor immerses student in the creation of animated artwork and assets for short animated films, game art and promotion, documentary films, visualization, motion graphics, illustration, and interactive art.
An ideal complement to many majors, the Art History minor builds the techniques of visual intelligence necessary to successfully navigate an increasingly image-driven world.
The Art minor allows students to complement any degree with a broad exploration of visual studies, fine arts, and design.
CAMD’s graduate offerings in Experience Design embrace research-driven design thinking for entrepreneurship, innovation and other areas, preparing students to be vital contributors and leaders at the intersection of innovation and design.
The Game Art Minor offers students to become immersed in the study and practice of the visual arts and animation within the game medium. Students are afforded the opportunity to think critically and work collaboratively in multidisciplinary teams to produce art and animation assets that are critical to the success...
The game design minor allows students in other areas of study to become familiarized with the basics of game design.
Graphic design combined with information design focuses on visualizing concepts and data to enhance human understanding of complex and vital knowledge.
Interaction design focuses on the creation of navigable interfaces and systems that allow audiences to achieve meaningful goals, connecting people to people and people to information and environments.
The curriculum seeks to involve students in the knowledge, experience, and techniques of photography, informed by theory, experimentation, creation and critique.
In today’s digital age, photos, videos and documentaries resonate strongly, and in the world of journalism, this is no exception. In the Photojournalism Minor, you’ll develop skills in photography and video to create engaging and impactful stories.
The scope of the Video Arts minor is broader and more diverse tapestry than traditional Video Art and it reflects the dynamic evolution of video in multiple contexts, including the workplace. This minor enables students to explore contemporary, alternative, and other artistic means of video production in a variety of...
The Graduate Certificate in Cultural Entrepreneurship empowers students to create diverse, viable and sustainable projects and organizations that impact social and cultural issues.
The Graduate Certificate in Game Analytics offers students an opportunity to obtain the ability to analyze vast amounts of data, which has become critical as big data has rapidly become a competitive space across multiple industries from games to healthcare, urban planning, and social media.
The Graduate Certificate in Information Design and Visualization focuses on the data-driven analytical and visual design of information, preparing students to communicate visually while engaging advanced data analytics to produce meaningful information environments.