Safarani Sisters, "Cocoon," 2015

Safarani Sisters, “Cocoon,” 2015

Overview

Uniquely positioned at the intersection of architecture, visual art, music, media and screen studies, and the expanded field of design, the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts with an emphasis on the Arts of Engagement attracts an international cohort of experienced creative practitioners who address cultural, social, and environmental concerns through creative work.

Learn about our community here!

From video to virtual museum, from new media to performance art, from image-making to experimental sound, students employ diverse strategies to define and refine their practice. A field-based summer residency or graduate co-op work experience is available, supported by an online course offered by Northeastern faculty. All students participate in a thesis exhibition during their final semester.

The two-year interdisciplinary program draws core faculty from Art and Design, Architecture, Music, Game Design, Art History, and Media and Screen Studies. Students pursue creative work in the context of a major urban research university with the capacity to build robust research collaborations both across the globe and in the neighborhood. Partnerships with premiere institutions and artist-run initiatives in Europe, Asia, and beyond provide experiential learning opportunities in a global context, while the city of Boston offers an unparalleled intellectual environment for advanced study in the arts.

Graduate students will be selected not only on the basis of their previous work in the arts but also on their demonstrated potential to shape an emerging field of practice. Prospective applicants with professional experience outside the arts are encouraged to contact the program coordinator to discuss how their goals align with the program’s orientation toward artistic action and research.

The program recommends 64 semester hours of coursework. A minimum GPA of 3.0 and 60 semester hours is required for the MFA degree. Coursework consists of

  • Critique Seminars
  • Studio Electives
  • History/Theory Courses
  • Independent Research
  • Thesis Research and Exhibition

Curriculum

Year 1: Fall semester

ARTD 5001 Art, Context, Action 1

History, Theory and Critical Studies Elective

Studio Elective

Studio Elective

4 CH

4 CH

4 CH

4 CH

Year 1: Spring Semester

ARTD 5002 Art, Context, Action 2

History, Theory and Critical Studies Elective

Research Methods

Studio Elective

4 CH

4 CH

4 CH

4 CH

Year 1: Summer 1 or 2

ARTD 5301 Independent Research Project 1

4 CH

Year 2: Fall Semester

ARTD 6001 Art, Media, Participation I

ARTE 7100 Thesis Proposal

History, Theory and Critical Studies Elective

Studio Elective

4 CH

4 CH

4 CH

4 CH

Year 2: Spring Semester

ARTD 6002 Art, Media, Participation II

ARTE 7990 Thesis

4 CH

4 CH

Total Credit Hours

60 CH

Studio Electives

ARTS 5100 Visual Ideation

4 CH

ARTD 5101 Interactive Media Arts 1

4 CH

ARTD 5202 Photographic Media in Cultural Context

4 CH

ARTE 5901 Special Topics in Art and Design Studio 

4 CH

ARTD 6101 Interactive Media Arts 2

4 CH

ARTD 6201 Interactive Mobile Art Apps

4 CH

ARTG 5100 Information Design Studio 1 – Principles

4 CH

ARTG 5310 Visual Cognition 

4 CH

ARTG 5330 Visualization Technologies

4 CH

ARTG 6310 Design for Behavior and Experience

4 CH

History, Theory, and Critical Studies Elective

ARTH 5100 Contemporary Art Theory and Criticism

4 CH

ARTH 5200 Issues in Contemporary Art

4 CH

ARTH 5300 Postmodernism and After: Theory and Practice in the Visual Arts

4 CH

ARTH 5400 Contemporary Visual Culture

4 CH

ARTH 5500 Art and New Media: History and Theory

4 CH

ARTH 5902 Special Topics in Contemporary Art 1

4 CH

ARTE 6210 – Theoretical Approaches to the Visual Arts

4 CH

ARTE 6211 Art Criticism by Artists

4 CH

ARTH 6976 Directed Study

4 CH

ARTG 6310 Design for Behavior and Experience

4 CH

 

Faculty

 

Professors

MiraCantor

Mira Cantor, MFA, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign – Studio Art

Nathan Felde

Nathan Felde, Professor, MS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Design

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Dennis Miller, DMD, Columbia University – Music

RussellPensyl

Russell Pensyl, MFA, Western Michigan University – Media Arts

Associate Professors

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Sarah Kanouse, MFA, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign – Studio Art

Pearce

Celia Pearce, PhD, University of the Arts London – Games

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Ronald Bruce Smith, PhD, University of California, Berkeley – Music

Assistant Professors

 

GloriaSutton

Gloria Sutton, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles – Visual Studies

Associate Teaching Professors

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Michael Frengel, PhD, City University, London – Music

 

Partners

Northeastern Center for the Arts

NuLawLab

Gallery 360

 

Admissions + Portfolio

Please visit the CAMD Graduate Studies website for detailed admission information including a listing of required application and portfolio materials as well as answers to frequently asked questions.