Program Coordinator

Julia Hechtman,

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 practices of animation, photography, and video, with more variations yet to be invented by you.

Courses in imaginative and narrative arts, required for professional work in documentary films, game art and promotion, visualization, motion graphics, interactive art, illustration and short animated film, are offered. An intensive studio program, this curriculum seeks to provide you with knowledge, experience and techniques of media arts informed by theory, experimentation and critique. Extensive digital imaging and interactive media editing and production facilities afford you the opportunity to become highly proficient in the current skills and emerging practices necessary for remarkable work. The media arts are evolving and expanding their reach into culture and society in daily life and global experience. The revolutions in 3D printing, embedded devices and robotics are changing the landscape in which the media artist will operate. This degree prepares you to meet the challenges of continuous change with adaptive ingenuity.

This major is offered as BFA in Media Arts without a concentration, BFA in Media Arts with concentration in Animation, BFA in Media Arts with concentration in Photography and BFA in Media Arts with concentration in Video Art.

Co-op division is ZA.

CAMD Advising strongly recommends that you start the process by meeting with a faculty mentor  in your new major to talk about your interests and goals for the major to make sure it’s the right choice for you.   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 planning for your next semester and beyond.

Current students are required to refer to their degree audit through myNeu or Northeastern University Undergraduate Catalog for requirements.

Any prerequisites should be taken before registering for 2000 level courses and above.



Media Arts general learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate awareness of the foundation and historical methods of digital media and applying research in portfolio development.
  • Analyze and critique artistic media effectively through both verbal and written communication, showing the ability to collaborate with peers and related disciplines.
  • Create a large body of portfolio work representing a wide range of concepts reflecting advanced level of analysis
  • Evaluate current and future trends in the development digital media by employing skills to disseminate and share information over the medium.
  • Explain and employ a unique personal style that shows significant contribution in the medium.

Photo concentration learning outcomes

  1. Declarative:
  • Apply two dimensional compositional elements with temporal elements
  • Demonstrate ability to use visual narrative, non-narrative, and abstraction towards overarching concepts
  • Use photographic concepts and processes for the development, coordination and completion of photographic bodies of work
  • Create effective and conceptual directions in ideational development
  • Establish a visually recognizable point of view
  • Utilize self-directed concepts into some visually compelling photographs
  • Apply a knowledge of the history of photography and its artistic and technological evolution
  1. Procedural:
  • Apply two dimensional compositional elements with temporal elements
  • Demonstrate ability to use visual narrative, non-narrative, and abstraction towards overarching concepts
  • Use photographic concepts and processes for the development, coordination and completion of photographic bodies of work
  1. Contextual:
  • Apply principles, concepts, tools, techniques, procedures, and technologies sufficient to produce photographic art from concept to a finished product that communicates ideas and/or stories to a viewer or to an audience
  • Relate relevant aesthetic and critical theory, global cultural forces, and contemporary models to the photographic art form and the history of photography
Ana Gabriela Ochoa Hurtado, AMD'17

Ana Gabriela Ochoa Hurtado, AMD’17

David Yubi Hoffman, AMD'06

David Yubi Hoffman, AMD’06

Isabel Mendez, AMD'17

Isabel Mendez, AMD’17

Lauren Penizotto, AMD'13

Lauren Penizotto, AMD’13

Mana Sakaguchi, AMD'07

Mana Sakaguchi, AMD’07

Rafael Feliciano, SSH'12

Rafael Feliciano, SSH’12

Department of Art + Design’s new offering for this program is BFA in Media Arts with concentraiton in Photography.

Jackie Keffas, AMD’16 was always interested in art – specifically video art. In high school, she did mostly drawing and painting, and toward the end of high school she got her foot in the door for the world of photography. Once Jackie came to Northeastern University, she broke into video. Now, as a fourth-year digital art major with a film minor and a photography concentration, she’s fully immersed herself in that world.

When she took the Photography II course, one project required her to look an artist that inspired her, follow the chain of inspiration back three generations, and create a piece based on those discoveries.

Jackie immediately went to Wes Anderson, inspired by Stanley Kubrick, and finally, an inspiration of his, the classical filmmaker Max Ophüls. Working off their hallmark compositional layout, Jackie created a colorful still-life piece with fruit and symmetrical patterns that was uniquely her style. Rather than creating something that “those artists would have done,” Jackie had her own interpretation of their influences on each other, and used their inspiration to create an original piece of her own.

She completed her Co-op at the D’Amore-McKim School of Business, doing video production for their marketing department. Her previous co-ops include Pretty Instant, an event photo app that sends pictures to the customers’ phones, instantly. She still has an affinity for photography, and plans on staying in the video production field.

When asked what drew her to the field, Jackie said, “What I like about video production is the cinematography part of it, so that combines the photography stuff I’ve been doing with my interest in video production.”

She still works part-time at Pretty Instant, and looks forward to the marriage of photo and video for a career in the future.

When asked what advice she would give to incoming College of Arts, Media and Design students, she replied, “There’s a lot of flexibility with the College of Arts, Media and Design. You can kind of do whatever you want with it. I found it’s really easy to fit in a minor…we have a different structure with our curriculum, so there’s a lot of room to do other things.”

View the Photography II project and Jackie’s portfolio online.

By Nick Marini