The Department of Art + Design provides students with an education that leads to a fluency in visual language through a combination of coursework in the history of the discipline and relevant, hands-on creative art and design coursework. Students attain a level of expertise to prepare them for entry into the next phase of their professional life.

We offer the opportunity for prospective students to observe campus life, talk with faculty and students, and acquaint themselves with Northeastern’s campus and the city of Boston through our Undergradaute Visit Campus programs. Tours for our joint program with School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston are offered though Visit SMFA program. For questions applicants can contact Northeastern’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions at or 617-373-2200.


Applicants wishing to pursue one of our undergraduate programs should visit Northeastern Undergraduate Admissions.

Department of Art + Design strongly recommends submission of a portfolio with your application for admission to Art, Media Arts, Design and combined programs. Applicants for the Studio Art program (in collaboration with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston) must submit a portfolio in order to be considered for admission. Applicants without portfolios are also encouraged to apply and may be accepted into the department. Additionally, transfer applicants are encouraged to submit work that reflects studio coursework taken since high school.

All portfolios should be submitted through our online portfolio submissions portal, SlideRoom.

Your portfolio should include 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.
Applicants are encouraged to review the Undergraduate Portfolio Recommendations prior to submission.


Applicants wishing to pursue one of our graduate programs should visit the website for the College of Arts, Media and Design Graduate School.

The Department of Art + Design requires submission of a portfolio with your application for admission to both our MFA in Information Design and Visualization and MFA in Studio Art (in collaboration with School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston).

Art + Design Prospective students applying for Fall 2015 should use Northeastern’s online  application portal.

Art + Design applicants are required to submit their portfolio via Slideroom, an online portfolio submission service. All students are encouraged to review the Department of Art + Design Graduate Program Portfolio Requirements for each program within Slideroom.

For general grad­u­ate admis­sions ques­tions con­tact Grad­u­ate Admis­sions at or call 617.373.5329.