The College of Arts, Media and Design offers honors opportunities to students whose academic performance both aligns to the vision and mission of the college and shows an exceptional level of creativity and achievement. The CAMD Honors in the Discipline program requires that students complete a project in an area related to their academic program. Students who wish to pursue Honors in the Discipline must have a major within CAMD or a combined major that includes at least one CAMD program.


Honors Project

The Honors project may involve a research study, design, music composition, play, media production, or any focused work in a subject addressed within CAMD. The project, recorded on the student’s transcript as xxxx 4970–Junior/Senior Honors Project 1 (4 SH), will be supervised by a CAMD faculty member. A proposal must be approved by the supervising faculty member and department chair before the project begins.The Honors project must be beyond what any student needs to complete to satisfy the requirements for any other class that she or he takes in the college. In other words, a paper written for one class cannot be used again to satisfy the project requirement. At the conclusion of the project, students who wish to graduate with an Honors in the Discipline credential will present their work to the Dean, the supervising instructor, other students who have completed their College Honors projects during that term, and anyone else who wishes to attend this publicized college event. The presentation event is held on Reading Day in the Fall and Spring semesters. A student who successfully completes the Honors in the Discipline program will earn the Honors in [Major] credential on his or her official transcript. (For example, Honors in Music.)

Proposal & Application Process


Students are eligible for the CAMD Honors in the Discipline credential if they:

  Are juniors or seniors in the college with a GPA of 3.5 or better.

 –  Communication Studies majors must be a senior with a GPA in the top 15% of the graduating class.

–  Other departments may also stipulate a higher GPA and/or other requirements.

–  Have room in their schedule for a 4 SH course in the semester of the project.

–  Have completed a proposal approved by a supervising faculty member and the department chair (or simply a department chair in the case of combined majors). Note: Faculty must be full-time or tenure track. Adjunct faculty may not supervise an Honors in the Discipline project.

–  Complete the project as described and approved.

  Make a satisfactory public presentation of their project
with the dean, faculty supervisor, and other honors project students.


A student interested in CAMD Honors in the Discipline must meet with a professor to describe the nature of the project. The professor agrees in principle to work with and supervise the student pending receipt and approval of a written proposal. Be sure to consider the:

Project scope

Meeting schedule

Project milestones throughout the semester

Project deliverables

Use of a survey (Institutional Review Board approval must be sought prior to submission)


Students must prepare a one-page proposal that includes:

Description of the Honors project focus and end products

Name of the professor who has agreed to supervise the work

Timeline for completion

Signatures of the professor and department chair who endorse the project

Download Sample College Honors Proposals to get an idea of what to include in your proposal.


Students must submit the completed CAMD College Honors Application to the Associate Director of Academic Advising in CAMD no later than the second week of the semester of the project.


Assuming the student meets the eligibility requirements and has the endorsement of the professor/chair, the Associate Director of Academic Advising enrolls the student in the department’s 4 SH honors course. (e.g., MUSC4970 – Junior/Senior Honors Project 1)

A student can take up to two semesters to complete the project. If she or he chooses to work on the project for two semesters, then the student will be enrolled in the second semester of the Honors Project course.

While students are completing the project, they can access the services and supports of the University Honors Program, including access to special funding, even if they are not part of the University Honors Program. Completing this project does not imply a student has joined the University Honors Program.

Download the CAMD Honors in the Discipline Application.

Current Projects

Grant Hill 

Major: Journalism

Faculty: Carlene Hempel

Topic: The Chief: A Story of Predictive Policing – Part 1

Description: This project will focus on the history of racial bias/profiling and hate crime allegations made against a small-tom New Jersey police chief indicted by the FBI in 2017 for the assault of a black teenager during a 2016 arrest. The project will culminate in a a five-part podcast. The first portion of the project will focus on reporting the story, including research of the trial, interviews and analyzing data. Note: this is part one of a two part, year-long project. 


Texas Lawton

Major: Art + Design, Graphic and Information Design

Faculty: Doug Scott

Topic: Health Food Company – Package Design

Description: This project will focus on the design and creation of the packaging of two product lines from the company FUUL. FUUL is a holistic health food company whose mission is to act as a catalyst for change in the health of Americans through its commitment to whole foods, education, transparency and inclusivity.


David Murphy

Major: Media & Screen Studies

Faculty: Michelle Carr

Topic: “The Most Beautiful Man on Earth”

Description: The goal of this project is to write a screenplay and compose the music and lyrics for a short comedic musical. The short will follow an aging, looks-obsessed soap opera start who is thrown into crisis when his set is invaded by a fanatic cult looking to kidnap the most beautiful men on earth.


Samantha Motsinger

Major: Media Arts, Animation

Faculty: Jamal Thorne

Topic: Exploration of 2D Animation

Description: The goal of this project is to learn the fundamentals of 2D Animation through Adobe Animate, which will result in completed 2D animations, as well as a documented journey of learning 2D animation, which can be used for others for inspiration and guidance in using the program to learn.


Mickaella Pharaon

Major: Architecture

Faculty: Xavier Costa

Topic: Integrating Archeological Treasures in Architecture

Description: This project is focused on saving and exhibiting the heritage and archeological findings while integrating it in modern architectural design without stopping the city’s development. The resulting document will outline different solutions in design while finding valuable ruins using examples from the historically rich city of Beirut.


Abby Reed

Major: Architecture

Faculty: David Fannon

Topic: The Sixth Facade

Description: Elevating buildings has increasingly become an answer to the question of flooding. While elevating buildings improves resistance to moisture and flooding, the implications, such as the balance of humidity between the air and the ground, must be understood to better design the sixth facade.

Spring 2018

Andrew Barrett

Major: Games

Faculty: Celia Pearce

Topic: Control Alt Compete: Comparing Players’ First-Person-Shooter Performance of Keyboard & Mouse and Gamepads

Description: This project will be a study in PC game input devices, specifically in which of the two inputs yields better performance for players of first-person-shooters. The study will have players play the game mode “Nazi Zombies” in pairs (one on keyboard and mouse and one on a steam controller) while we determine which player played the best with each input. The goal of this project will not only determine the superior input, but also to suggest to developers of FPSs as to which input they should provide support for.


Tirelle Barron

Major: Art + Design, Experience Design

Faculty: Mark Sivak

Topic: Capsule: A 5D Mounted Device

Description: This project will focus on the creation of a 5D mounted device, called Capsule, that aims to combine sensory elements with the virtual world. In conjunction with virtual reality technology, Capsule will transport users to different environments, such as a dark forest.


Kevin Cannon

Major: Media Arts, Animation

Faculty: Brandon Sichling

Topic: Elsewhere Design and Drafting

Description: The goal of this project is to create a design document and scripted animatic for the pilot of a hypothetical animated series. The series will tell the story of a young girl who becomes stranded in the Elsewhere (working title), a world of all of the lost things from throughout the multiverse. She now has to find a way home before she entirely forgets her home and gets lost in the Elsewhere forever. Note: this is part one of a two part, year-long project. 


Annie Cheng

Major: Games

Faculty: Brandon Sichling

Topic: Wilt: An Alternate Reality and Theater Game with Media

Description: This project will produce two books that are bound and printed, as well as one design document and business plan, one style guide and an art book. The art book and design document will be based on a game, Wilt, that is based on a personal journey to acceptance.


Catherine Lindsay

Major: Journalism

Faculty: Carlene Hempel

Topic: The Lives of Transgender Inmates in Massachusetts: Challenges and Issues

Description: In the wake of Trump’s ban on transgender people serving in the military, issues affecting trans people are at the forefront of the national conversation. However, a significant sub-population has been notably absent from the discussion: transgender inmates. The goal of this project is to investigate the issues faced by trans inmates in Massachusetts and the challenges that the Department of Corrections faces in overseeing these inmates.


Rowena Lindsay

Major: Journalism

Faculty: Carlene Hempel

Topic: Environmental Justice in Massachusetts

Description: This project will result in an in-depth news article about how difficult it is to work environmental justice cases through the legal system in Massachusetts. A court case in Brockton is essentially a test case of how past environmental justice policies have failed and whether the new 2017 Massachusetts Environmental Justice policy will hold up in court. The article will look at what this new policy could mean for all Massachusetts communities fighting EJ fights through the lens of what plays out in Brockton.


Rayyan Mikati

Major: Approved Independent Studies

Faculty: Cammy Brothers

Topic: Islamic Manuscripts and their Conversation

Description: This is a research project focusing on Kitab Na’t al Hayawan, a 13th century Islamic manuscript, with a focus on conversation. Additionally, it will explore the cultural distinction between manuscripts and artwork coming from the same era and region.


Win Overholser

Major: Architectural Studies

Faculty: Amanda Lawrence

Topic: Architectural Style/s: A Contemporary Conversation in Copley Square

Description: Ever since the modern movement, architects have hesitated to broach the topic of style. This remains the case in contemporary architecture despite its renewed interest in other formerly outmoded concepts like typology and ornament. This project develops an historically-founded theory of style through the design of a conceptual and critical architecture on the northern edge of Boston’s Copley Square.


James Plihal

Major: Architectural Studies

Faculty: Sam Choi

Topic: Expanding Athletic Presence Through Architecture on Northeastern’s Campus

Description: Due to a limited presence of organized athletics on Northeastern’s campus, this project will explore the feasibility of creating an athletic field and supporting facilities on or directly adjacent to campus. The purpose of such facilities would be to foster the presence of athletics and physical activity to Northeastern students, thus enhancing the Northeastern community. The project will explore various locations and their feasibility, research appropriate program allocation, and utilize an iterative design process that will culminate in a hypothetical proposal of the aforementioned athletic facilities.


Yupeng Qin

Major: Media Arts

Faculty: Ed Andrews

Topic: 2D Animation Production

Description: The goal of this project is to explore the ability to combine the skills of using several tools to produce a short 2D animation, which includes character design, storyboarding and sound and video editing. The animation will be created using Adobe Photoshop, Premiere, AfterEffect and Paint Tool SAI.


Brenna Sorkin

Major: Approved Independent Major

Faculty: Janos Stone

Topic: Encouraging Medical Literacy in Pediatric Patients

Description: This project will culminate in an educational program designed for pediatric patients in hospitals. This program will foster an interest in science, teach medical literacy, and encourage patient self-advocacy.


Juliana Tennett

Major: Design, Interaction Design

Faculty: Ann McDonald

Topic: Hybridity

Description: This project will focus on creating an online platform for users to immerse themselves into three independent pieces of creative writing. The pieces themselves will hinge on personal and emotional experiences, and the intention of the online platform will be to increase the sense of emotionality and the user’s ability to relate to the feelings presented to them through illustration and interaction.

Fall 2017

Victoria Barranco

Major: Media Arts, Animation

Faculty: Ed Andrews

Topic: Technical Modeling, Texturing and Rigging for Animation Production

Description: Every character in an animated film needs to be created, textured, and given a skeleton from scratch. Animators manipulate this “rig” to create what the audience sees moving on screen. The goal of this project is to create a production-ready rig of an alligator character for use in an animated short film about the Florida Everglades.


Suma Hussien and Jennifer Heintz

Majors: Design, Graphic & Information Design

Faculty: David Tamés

Topic: Recovery Road: An Interactive Documentary

Description: Recovery Road is an interactive documentary focused on telling the story of active and recovering opioid users on Boston’s Methadone Mile. It aims to destigmatize opioid addiction and those who suffer from it. Using personal interviews, 360 video and illustrated storylines, we hope to change the perception of addiction from a moral failure to a disease of the brain.


Allison Gurland

Major: Music, Music Indusry

Faculty: Andrew Mall

Topic: Roll Credits: Behind the Scenes in the Entertainment Industry

Description: This project is a blog that features weekly interviews with people who work behind the scenes in the entertainment industry. It will include positions in film, theater, music, sports and more. The goal is to expose those people who are crucial to making the entertainment we all know and love, but don’t even get credit or acknowledgement.


Kimberly Timbone

Major: Media Arts, Animation

Faculty: Ed Andrews

Topic: 3D High Detail Character Study in Zbrush

Description: The goal of this project is to create a fully detailed and realistic production-ready model of a character for the purposes of using it for a game/animation. I plan to fully 3D model the character and all details using Zbrush, then fully texture and surface the character using Mari/Substance Painter 2.

Spring 2017

Kitty Cheung
Major: Communication Studies
Faculty: Brooke Foucault Welles
Topic: Understanding Race in Media and Entertainment Through Agenda Setting Theory
Description: This paper will explore how movies channel racially driven messages to the public by framing media content in specific ways, and increasing visibility on such media content. Different types of media will be discussed to establish how American media and entertainment frames race (and the perceptions of violence and domestic security associated with race), and may be useful for future products that wish to effectively or accurately communicate social messages.

Claire Dufournier
Major: Graphic and Information Design
Faculty: Doug Scott
Topic: Mapping Productivity
Description: At the end of 2016 I committed to quitting Concerta, the amphetamine that treats ADHD that I was prescribed when I was 16 and have been taking on a daily basis for over 6 years. Concerta has provided me with an illusion of productivity, intensity and stamina in my work ethic but I’ve decided I’d rather be a little less productive rather than indefinitely dependent. Starting on January 11th I will no longer be medicated and for the next two months I will be logging daily information ranging from my overall mood and energy levels to my sleep pattern and diet in the attempt of finding energy and focus elsewhere than in Concerta. I will then translate this complex information into simple visuals, resulting in an information design piece that could help and inspire any student or viewer going through a similar struggle.

Jonathan Levine
Major: Architecture
Faculty: Sam Choi
Topic: MEGA-Structures
Description: This project examines the potential of using multiprogrammed, layered structures as a solution to over density in cities. Using critical precedent analysis as a backbone, it will attempt to catalogue and create varying megastructures to suit contemporary urban environments.
Note: This was a year long project

Maggie Quick
Major: Journalism
Faculty: Charles Fountain
Topic: Making Journalism Accessible to Refugees: A Curriculum for Paper Airplanes
Description: Civil war in Syria is displacing millions of refugees and leaving an entire generation without access to education. Syria has also become one of the most difficult places for journalists to work. With these facts in mind, I will create a curriculum for a free journalism course for refugees that I will co-teach beginning later this year through Paper Airplanes, a non-profit that tutors victims of political violence through online education tools like Google Hangout

Kristen Starheim
Major: Architecture
Faculty: Dan Adams
Topic: Plants and the City:  Fostering a Symbiotic Relationship
Description: This project will explore strategies of urban planting that benefit both the localized ecosystem as well as surrounding built infrastructure. Integrating species that exhibit high eco-performance into the urban fabric can simultaneously promote greater biodiversity and improved eco-services.

Fall 2016

Emily Feltault
Major: Communication Studies
Faculty: Brooke Foucault Welles
Topic: The Sneakerhead, A Modern Marketing Maven
Description: This paper will look at patterns concerning these sneakerheads and how their actions have, or have not, influenced the popularity of certain products, particularly through their use of social media.

Greg Hackel-Johnson
Major: Media Arts, Photography
Faculty: Sophia Ainslie
Topic: Three
Description: A series of three large-scale artworks that all function as part of the series but are also very individual and unique. The artworks are a mediation on my practice of creating art, each demonstrating a different style of creation varying in composed and detail oriented to spontaneous. The artworks also stand as a testament to the art of drawing with a system. All three artworks will be completely solely in monochrome.

Emily O’Brien
Major: Design, Interaction Design
Faculty: Milda Richardson
Topic: Museum Education in the Fine Arts
Description: This honors project will examine fine art museum education strategies and how museum educators use cu ration to teach visitors about a variety of topics within the fine arts setting. I am primarily interested in discovering how museum educators engage their audiences with and without the use of technology and other materials , as well as researching new innovations in the museum education field.

Jeffrey Vogel
Major: Architecture
Faculty: Dan Adams
Topic: Practical Applications of Agriculture in the Active, Urban Environment
Description: An exploration into the feasibility of implementing Urban Agriculture practices into active industrial sites and other commonly neglected urban zones. What underutilized areas are created by the industrial building typology and how can they be re-structured to better accommodate alternative use through Urban Agriculture?

Larissa Weinstein
Major: Media and Screen Studies
Faculty: Kristopher Cannon
Topic: Practices of Digital Production
Description: The digitization of media enables audiences to instantaneously access, create, and share content. This project utilizes critical analysis to examine current digital production practices by media publications, such as The New Yorker, and will assess how these publications present digital content and how audiences respond to or transform these types of content for their own purposes. The critical analysis will be supplemented with a creative project, which will illustrate how digital media production practices evolve as audiences become authors.

Spring 2016

Anna Driscoll
Major: Design, Concentration in Graphic and Information Design
Faculty: Ann McDonald and Daniel Faber
Topic: Captivating & Informative Design of Environmental Research Reports for Policymakers & the Public
Description: This project stemmed form my idea of merging my two passions, Graphic Design and Environmental Science.  Graphic Design can be very influential when applied to other disciplines.  Service design, information design, and graphic simplification are used everywhere in daily life to help provide people understand information or material in an even more informative way.

Emily Eagan
Major: Music Industry
Faculty: Margo Saulnier
Topic: The State of Music Education
Description: The goal of this project is to provide a comprehensive look into the state of music education today to determine the cultural impacts of its potential deficiency. Music education history, issues, and supporting organizations will be researched, in addition to conducting interviews with students, educators, and professionals in the field.

E. Rae Fagin
Major: Music Industry
Faculty: Andrew mall
Topic: The Importance of Feminism in the Music Industry
Description: This project will examine the history of feminism in the music industry, what role feminism plays in the music industry today, and what this means for the current music industry.

Michelle Houle
Major: Music Industry
Faculty: James Anderson
Topic: Studio Space Completion
Description: The objective of this honors project is to construct, catalog, and diagram a functioning control room in 352 Ryder Hall.  The completion of this space will leave the music program with another room in which recording students can gain hands-on experience with mixing their projects.

Kelly Ann Kasulis
Major: Journalism
Faculty: Carlene Hempel
Topic: Massachusetts’ Homeless Families
Description: This project is 4+ months of multimedia coverage (video, photo, writing, graphics) of the state’s system for homeless families and how these people navigate their lives in poverty. The project is expected to either be self-published online or through a local news organization.

Eric Lee
Major: Graphic and Information Design
Faculty: Tom Starr
Topic: Production: A Study in Human-Object Relationships
Description: This honors project consists of an exhibition and a publication that explore the origin, production and changing relationship of objects to humans. Objects require humans for their creation yet humans are indebted to objects for our survival. In the exhibition are sculptures that use paired bought or found objects to establish an inter-object relationship within themselves that reference human use but also the undergoing dematerialization of production.

Juliana McLeod
Major: Journalism
Faculty: Carlene Hempel
Topic: The Evolution of Self-Censorship with the Advent of Modern Media
Description: This proposal evaluates the changes in self-censorship of journalists in correlation to the growth of the Internet. The goal of this project is to determine what changes have occurred in a social context and, if so, whether these changes have had a beneficial or adverse effect on journalism overall.

Jackson Plumlee
Major: Landscape Architecture
Faculty: Jane Amidon
Topic: Boston Parks, Public Space, and Land Making

Jamaica Reese-Julien
Major: Architecture
Faculty: Paxton Sheldahl
Topic: Housing Deficits in an Urbanizing Nation

Grant Terzakis
Major: Theatre
Faculty: Antonio Ocampo Guzman
Topic: Born Again – A play in one act
Description: I plan to write and direct a one act play (15-20 minutes). This play examines the emotional walls that we put between ourselves and our true feelings in order to protect ourselves from vulnerability. With themes of hope and lost expectation of change also playing a large role.

Fall 2015

Kendall Coyne
Communication Studies
Alan Zaremba
Sports Communication and Crises

Casey Geddes
Communication Studies
Jesica Speed Wiley
Understanding the relationship between how businesses communicate about their corporate social responsibility programs and their self-reported investment practices

Elleri Hughes
Music Industry
David Herlihy
Synching in the USA

Ryan Lucht
 Music Industry
James Anderson
Camino: Self-produced two-track Single

Cristina Sanchez
 Communication Studies
Justin Davis
Getting Social to Become Healthy

Spring 2015

Htet Htet Aung
David Fannon
Developing an environmentally sustainable solution to retrofit the thermal envelope of urban  housing.

Isabel Brostella Sosa
Faculty: Michelle Laboy
How different construction methods, as the sandbag construction, are available for certain climates and how they can reduce construction costs and environmental problems surrounding their site.

Fall 2014

Sonia Banaszczyk
Communication Studies
Sarah Jackson
How conversations around race, power, and privilege are framed in online feminist public discourse.

Spring 2014

Eric Forbush
Communication Studies
Brooke Faucault Welles
: Social Media Use and Well Being Among Chinese Students Beginning to Study in the United States.