New & Noteworthy

At CAMD, we’re always looking for new ways to grow—for emerging patterns in our professional fields, untapped interdisciplinary links, and bold avenues to teach, learn, and engage with the world. From course offerings to Dialogue of Civilizations destinations, there’s always something different to explore. Take a look.


CRN: 35623
Course Name: ST: History of Comics-ARTE 3901 Section 1
Instructor: Hilary Chute
Day and Time: MR 11:45 am-1:25pm

Course Description:

The word-and-image medium of comics as a narrative form.  How to read comics—and what they teach us about reading—in addition to the creative practices that go into making them.  We will examine antecedents including “engraved novels,” newspaper comic strips, “wordless novels,” underground comic books, and punk fanzines to understand the graphic novel’s rise in the 1970s in addition to exploring current directions.  Authors include Art Spiegelman, Alison Bechdel, Chris Ware, Lynda Barry, Keiji Nakazawa, and Marjane Satrapi, among others. 

CRN: 35625
Course Name: ST: Feminism & Visual Culture-ARTH 5902 Section 2
Instructor: Hilary Chute
Day and Time: M 1:35pm-5:05pm

Course Description:

This interdisciplinary course explores a range of creative forms, including but not limited to: comics and graphic novels, film, painting, performance art, theater, photography, propaganda, television, digital projects, videos.
Establishes a critical trajectory by reading historically important works of theory and criticism alongside additional feminist and visual theory.
Focuses on frameworks for understanding varieties of feminist cultural production that exist in the realm of visual culture-and that themselves shape what “visual culture” means.
Offers a grounding in key concepts driving feminist cultural production, and in debates about visual culture, including around issues such as embodiment, subjectivity, spectatorship, and desire. What does the visual accomplish for differently conceived feminisms?

CRN: 36253/36254
Course Name: ST: Assistive Design-ARTE 3901 Section 2 & ARTE 5901 Section 5
Instructor: Ben Caras
Day and Time: ARTE 3901 & ARTE 5901: R 1:35pm-5:05pm

Course Description:

This course is intended to expose students to new materials and techniques that, when implemented thoughtfully, can improve the lives of disabled people.  Our aim is to identify specific physiological deficiencies and formulate solutions that can be easily and inexpensively produced.  Through ideation, iteration, prototyping and finish models, students will produce artifacts that extend mobility.  Students will be trained in the safe use of power equipment and digital fabrication equipment in the makerspace. Students will receive basic training in 3D design software and extensive training in digital fabrication equipment and techniques. Along with the design and building of artifacts, students will research and present topics related to cutting edge prosthetic technology, material science, design and engineering within the scope of our capabilities in the CAMD Makerspace. 

CRN: 37773
Course Name: Sculpture Basics
Instructor: Ben Caras
Day and Time: ARTS 2300 W 1:35pm-5:05pm

Course Description:

Sculpture Basics offers a studio course with an in-depth exploration into the process of creating sculpture. Builds on the introductory experience of ARTF 1124, 3D Fundamentals with more advanced 3D concepts, materials, tools, and techniques. Emphasizes personal exploration, concept development, and creative innovation. Exposes students to sculpture through lectures, demonstrations, critiques, and hands-on assignments.

Prerequisites:  ARTF 1124: 3D Foundation or permission of instructor

Course Content:

  • Concept development through a variety of work processes
  • Subtractive, Additive, or Constructivist methodologies for making objects
  • Introduction to safe and proper use of shop equipment and tools
  • Understanding of physical connections and structure
  • Fundamental hand skills and standards for quality and craftsmanship
  • Effective and consistent work habits
  • Formal vocabulary for describing Sculpture
  • Competency in 3D form analysis and verbalization
  • Historical context for contemporary sculpture and 3D design


Visiting Associate Teaching Professor


Jason Donati holds an MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology and has previously held faculty and administrative positions at Mount Ida College. An award-winning animator and cinematographer, his personal animated films have been showcased internationally at some of the most prestigious festivals and conferences in the industry, including SIGGRAPH 1999 (Los Angeles, USA), SIGGRAPH 2000 (New Orleans, USA), Ani Mundi 1999 (Rio De Janeiro, Brazil), Seoul Film Festival 1999 (Seoul, Korea) and ASIFA East 1999 & 2000 (NYC, USA). He is also a long-time member of the Association of Computer Machinery (ACM/SIGGRAPH) as well as the Association Internationale du Film d’ Animation (ASIFA East).

Assistant Professor


Michael Arnold Mages received his PhD at Carnegie Mellon University and is a scholar of design whose research focuses on how things (images, spaces, objects, and interfaces) help facilitate high-stakes and difficult conversations. He comes to Northeastern with over a dozen years of experience teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and he is a partner in a startup, The Art of Democracy, which designs facilitated conversation events with government and not-for-profit organizations for strategic planning, community decision-making, and community co-design of projects or policy.

Visiting Assistant Professor


Sercan Şengün holds a PhD in Communication from Istanbul Bilgi University and since 2016 he has been a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was a member of the MIT Imagination, Computation, and Expression Laboratory (ICE Lab) and MIT CSAIL (Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory). His research interests fall within the areas of digital communication, game studies and production, and media studies. As a Postdoctoral Research Associate, his focus has fallen primarily on examining and revealing how virtual identity systems (e.g., social media profiles and videogame avatars) embody and reinforce cultural norms, stereotypes, and prejudices, as well as to ask how we can design systems that account for the needs and values of diverse cultural identities and materials.

Visiting Assistant Professor


Kate Terrado received her MFA in Information Design and Visualization from Northeastern University and has taught courses as a part-time lecturer in the department since 2012. From 2011 to 2016, she also served as Senior Designer at Small Design Firm, under the Creative Director David Small. Her professional work finds form in the intersections of design, technology, and built environments. Using interactive data visualization, dynamic typography, physical installations, and immersive media as tools for communication, she has developed a portfolio of work with a sensitivity to client goals, audience engagement, public spaces, and appropriate use of technology.