Thank you for your interest in the College of Arts, Media and Design. Determining where to spend the next few years of your life is no easy mission, but we’re here to help make the application process as simple as possible. Below are the necessary steps to ensure that your application is in the right hands and ready for review. But first—we recommend visiting campus to see all that CAMD has to offer.


Admissions Decision Timelines

Depending on the admissions plan you’ve chosen, you’ll receive notification of the admissions decision on one of the following dates:

  • Early Decision: Mid-December
  • Early Decision 2: February 15
  • Early Action: February 1
  • Regular Decision: March 15

Shortly after notification of the admissions decision, admitted students will receive login credentials for Northeastern’s Admitted Students portal. There, you’ll find information on welcome sessions, orientation dates, deposit submission, academic advisors, and next steps regarding enrollment and registration.

During this period, we encourage you to visit us on campus. Shadow a student as they attend classes, eat lunch in a dining facility or student center, introduce yourself to faculty members, and meet your new classmates!

Campus Visits & CAMD Info Sessions


Join students, professors, co-op advisors, and other applicants for a lively info session at CAMD. Learn about our diverse academic programs to decide which one best aligns with your passions, interests, and goals. Listen to personal stories that paint a picture of the CAMD experience. Gain insight on the real-world experiences you’ll acquire through our signature co-op program. And of course, get answers to all of your questions as you move forward in your college search.

To register for an info session, schedule a visit with Northeastern University Admissions. We hope to see you there!


Dates & Deadlines


Application timelines vary depending on your chosen admission plan—Early Decision I or II, Early Action, Regular Decision, or Transfer. Visit Northeastern University’s Undergraduate Admissions Deadlines & Decisions to find your timeline and plan your application process.




Create your application through the Common Application or the Coalition Application (both are accepted). Once you have created your application, please select Northeastern University to directly submit your application to us. Applicants must provide an application fee of $75 or need-based fee waiver upon submission.

Apply via Common Application     Apply via Coalition Application


Review required materials


Double check to make sure that you have submitted all required materials. Even if your application has been submitted, we cannot begin reviewing your file until all of your required materials have been received.


Check application status


To ensure all of the necessary documents have been submitted, and for updates or information about your application, check your application status.


After applying


Within seven days of applying, you should receive a confirmation email containing your Northeastern University ID number and instructions for setting up your Application Status Check account.

Explore Undergraduate Admissions Advising for more information about the application process, portfolio submissions, and next steps following your application.

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Campus Visits


Our campus is located in the heart of Boston, between the city’s famed Museum of Fine Arts and Symphony Hall. Campus visits can be arranged by contacting CAMD Graduate Studies


Application Deadlines


The College of Arts, Media and Design offers two different deadlines for graduate programs.

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Application Process


The graduate admissions process varies by program. Before starting an application, prospective students should identify their program of interest to learn about the specific deadlines and requirements.

Explore Graduate Admissions Advising  for more information about the application process, portfolio submissions, and next steps

While not required as part of your CAMD application, all students applying for freshman admission are welcome and encouraged to submit a portfolio or art supplement. (Studio Art is the only program that requires a portfolio.)


A portfolio is typically submitted under an applicant’s intended field of study, but you should submit your portfolio to the field most relevant to your current body of work. For example, if you are applying to Communication Studies but have a strong photography portfolio, you should submit your portfolio to Art + Design.


The portfolio review process is an excellent opportunity to introduce yourself to faculty and staff evaluators. We’re looking for students with artistic and creative talent, as well as those seeking the academic and professional opportunities at CAMD and Northeastern.


Portfolios must be submitted via SlideRoom, an online portfolio submission service. Applicants are encouraged to complete all forms, including Academic Profile, Media Uploads, and Personal Statement. Please only submit one portfolio. Additional submissions will not be reviewed.

Your portfolio should showcase your best original work in a variety of media that reveal your ability to choose fascinating subjects, master technical skills, and explore interesting ideas. No particular subject matter or style is required or expected. Portfolios are evaluated for evidence of a curious mind at work and your creative investigation of mediums, experimental manipulation of form, and diligent development of technique.

Transfer applicants are encouraged to submit work that reflects studio coursework taken since high school.


Submit an Artist Statement and 10-15 items that may include images (up to 10 MB each), video (up to 120 MB each), and PDFs (up to 20 MB each). You may also link to media from YouTube and Vimeo.


Game Design


Your portfolio should include 1-5 pieces, which may consist of any number of the following:


• Demo, video game trailer, or screenshots of a game you created or worked on.

• Game concept, in the form of a written game design document or storyboard

• Drawings or illustrations of game ideas or characters

• Screenshots of 3D models or other assets you’ve created

• Audio recordings of sounds or music created for a game, if applicable

• List of activities/accomplishments, including game jams, camps, workshops, or pre-college programs you’ve attended, as well as any festivals or exhibitions where games you worked on were shown (optional)


Please specify your role in each sample.

The college offers monthly First Friday information sessions throughout the year. Please visit Northeastern Undergraduate Admissions to register.