Undergraduate Advising

The mission of CAMD Academic Advising is to provide a welcoming and student-centered environment in which we work collaboratively with students on cultivating their skills in making informed decisions, developing self-reliance and building confidence as they explore their creativity through opportunities afforded by CAMD.

 

Services and Programs in the Office of Academic Advising and Cooperative Education

Academic Advising and Cooperative Education, in 100 Meserve Hall, is a good first place to go for any kind of academic concern. We are committed to providing students with the assistance they need, whether it be through advising in our office or by making a referral to the appropriate university resource. Our goal is to help students navigate the university and to support them in attaining academic and cooperative education success. The specific academic support services and programs offered are briefly described below.

All College of Arts, Media and Design students have:

  • a professional academic advisor
  • a faculty mentor, located in the student’s major department or program
  • co-op coordinator (for students who participate in the co-op program)

 

Meet our Advising Staff→

 

Contact us

Reach us by phone at 617.373.5583 or visit us at 100 Meserve Hall any time to get your questions answered.

 

Schedule an appointment

  • Online
  • Over the phone by calling 617.373.5583
  • In person at 100 Meserve Hall

To meet with a faculty mentor, please contact them directly.

 

 

Orientation Presentation Files

Advising

Academic advising is an ongoing process that engages students in educational planning consistent with their academic strengths and personal and career goals. This process facilitates an active partnership among students, academic advisors, faculty mentors in the department, and co-op coordinators. Visit Contact Us for a list of CAMD academic advisors.

 

Schedule an appointment

 

To set up an appointment with your academic advisor, call 617.373.5583, stop by 100 Meserve Hall, or log into myNortheastern> Self-Service > Appointment Calendar > Find your advisor. Your assigned academic and co-op advisors, as well as the last three people you’ve set appointments with, will appear in the Calendar Shortcuts area.

Faculty mentors, located in the academic departments, mentor students in their chosen discipline and function as the students’ main connection with that discipline.

 

Schedule an appointment

 

To make an appointment with your faculty mentor, call or stop by their department office. Visit Faculty & Staff for contact information.

Co-op coordinators, located in 100 Meserve Hall, advise and mentor students during the preparation, activity, and reflection phases of the co-op cycle.

 

Visit Co-op to learn more about the program and for a list of co-op coordinators by department.

 

Schedule an appointment

To schedule an appointment with your co-op coordinator, access the Co-op & Career Services tab of myNortheastern.

Student Persistence Specialist assists students in CAMD who are struggling academically, have been placed on academic probation, or are returning from a medical leave. A strong focus of this program are the regular meetings with a Student Persistence Specialist who assesses the situation and creates an individualized plan to guide the student to academic success.

Students in this program take advantage of intensive advising, tutoring, skills-building, and self-reflection as means of returning to good academic standing.

Contact Jen Schiffman

Peer mentoring fosters connections between upper-class and new students that will inspire and support them throughout their first semester experience. Peer mentors are advocates for their community and guide new students in forging connections, setting and accomplishing goals and finding new opportunities on and around campus through the sharing of personal experiences and by leading meaningful and motivating activities.

 

If you’re a first semester student, be sure to connect with your peer mentor and participate in these activities. If you’re an upperclass student interested in coordinating these kinds of activities, please apply!

 

Contact:
Jen Schiffman
j.schiffman@northeastern.edu
617.373.7164

PTP offers a wide range of tutoring services to meet the academic needs of Northeastern’s undergraduate students. The program hires highly qualified undergraduate students, recommended by faculty whose courses they tutor. All peer tutors are trained in accordance with College Reading & Learning Association (CRLA) tutor certification guidelines.

 

Visit the Peer Tutoring Program for a complete list of peer tutoring subjects, contact info, tutoring resources, and to book an appointment.

If a student earns fewer than 12 SH in one fall or spring semester and/or the student’s GPA drops below a 2.000, the student will be placed on Academic Probation by the College of Arts, Media and Design.

 

Learn more→

Advising FAQs

  • Academic Advisor:
    Questions regarding general registration, core requirements, long-term academic planning, study abroad, outstanding transfer credit issues, or leaves of absence.

 

  • Faculty Mentor:

    Questions regarding electives, career paths, and gradschools that relate to your major.

  • Co-op Coordinator:

    Questions regarding co-op placement and pattern of attendance changes.

Changing your major to the College of Arts, Media and Design

  • We strongly recommend that you start the process by meeting with a faculty mentor  in your new major to talk about your educational and professional 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 the academic planning process.

If you are considering building your own Combined Major from the list of Combined Major Templates, the process is nearly the same, but you’ll be meeting with faculty in both departments as well as the academic advisors for each half you want to combine.

 

For change of major procedures in other colleges, start with the information on this Registrar’s page.

 

Changing your major as an incoming freshman or transfer student

Admitted students who have not yet started their first semester as a new freshman or transfer student need to request a major change through Admissions.  Please log into your myNEU account and follow the links to request a major change.  Admissions will review the major change request and then be in touch once the change has been approved and processed.

 

Major Change Criteria

 

Architecture

Any student with an overall GPA of 2.500 or higher may switch into Architecture or Urban Landscape Architecture, waiving the requirement for specific courses.

Any student with an overall GPA of 2.000 or higher may switch into Architectural Studies, waiving the requirement for specific courses.

Students with GPAs below the stated thresholds must:
1) Meet with our Student Success Coach to discuss joining the major.
2) Complete the following four courses with the specified minimum grades:

ARCH 1110 Fundamental Architectural Representation (6 SH)
with a grade of B- or better
ARCH 1310 Architecture and Global Cultures, Prehistory to 1400 (4 SH)
with a grade of C or better
MATH 1241 Calculus 1 (4 SH)
with a passing grade
PHYS 1141 General Physics (4 SH)
(for architecture majors) with a passing grade
or ENVR 1200 Dynamic Earth (4 SH)
(for landscape architecture majors) with a passing grade

 


 

Art + Design

Any student with an overall GPA of 2.000 or higher may transfer into the Art + Design majors, waiving the requirement for specific courses.

 

Students with GPA below 2.000 must:
1) Meet with our Student Success Coach to discuss joining the major.
2) Complete the following courses with a grade of C+ or better:

 

Majors in:

  • Art
  • Design
  • Media Arts

 

ARTF 1122 2D Fundamentals: Surface and Drawing (4 SH)
with ARTF 1123 2D Tools (1 SH)
or ARTF 1124 3D Fundamentals: Structure and Drawing (4 SH)
with ARTF 1125 3D Tools (1 SH)
ARTH 1110 Global Art + Design History: Ancient to Medieval (4 SH)
or ARTH 1111 Global Art + Design History: Renaissance to Modern (4 SH)

Combined Major in Digital Art and Game Design

ARTF 1122 2D Fundamentals: Surface and Drawing (4 SH)
with ARTF 1123 2D Tools (1 SH)
or ARTF 1124 3D Fundamentals: Structure and Drawing (4 SH)
with ARTF 1125 3D Tools (1 SH)
ARTH 1111 Global Art + Design History: Renaissance to Modern (4 SH)
or ARTH 2212 Survey of the Still and Moving Image (4 SH)

Pre-approved Template Programs in:

• Graphic and Information Design
• Interaction Design
• Media Arts

 

Pre-approved template programs may be paired in a variety of combinations to yield combined majors. More info.

ARTF 1122 2D Fundamentals: Surface and Drawing (4 SH)
with ARTF 1123 2D Tools (1 SH)
ARTH 2210 Modern Art + Design History (4 SH)

 

Pre-approved Template Program in Visual Studies

 

Pre-approved template programs may be paired in a variety of combinations to yield combined majors. More info.

ARTH 1111 Global Art + Design History: Renaissance to Modern (4 SH)
ARTH 2210 Modern Art + Design History (4 SH)

 

Studio Art

 

Portfolio review by the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.

 

 


 

Communication Studies

Any student with a 2.000 or better overall GPA may transfer into the communication studies major, waiving the requirement for specific courses.

Students with an overall GPA below a 2.000 must:

1) Meet with our Student Success Coach to discuss joining the major.
2) Complete two of the following three courses with a grade of C or better:

 

COMM 1101 Introduction to Communication Studies (4 SH)
COMM 1112 Public Speaking (4 SH)
COMM 2301 Methods and Research in Communication (4 SH)

 

Game Design

 

Any student with an overall GPA of 2.000 or better  may transfer into this major, waiving the requirement for specific courses.

 

Students with GPA below 2.000 must:

1) Meet with our Student Success Coach to discuss joining the major.
2) Complete the following two courses with grades of C or better:

ARTF 1122 2D Fundamentals: Surface and Drawing (4 SH)
with ARTF 1123 2D Tools (1 SH)
GAME 2500 Foundations of Game Design (4 SH)

 

Please see guidelines under Computer and Information Science for the following combined major:

  • Computer science and game design

 

Please see guidelines under Art + Design for the following combined major:

  • Digital art and game design

 

Journalism

 

Any student with an overall GPA of 2.000 or higher may transfer into the Journalism major and combined majors.

 

Students with a GPA below 2.000 must meet with our Student Success Coach to discuss joining the major.
No major-specific requirements for the full major or combined major programs.

 

Media and Screen Studies

 

Any student with a 2.000 or better overall GPA may transfer into a Media and Screen Studies major, waiving the requirement for specific courses.

 

Students with an overall GPA below a 2.000 must:

1) Meet with our Student Success Coach to discuss joining the major.
2) Complete the following two courses with a grade of B or better:

MSCR 1220 Media, Culture, and Society (4 SH)
MSCR 2220 Understanding Media and Film (4 SH)

 

For the following combined major programs, also follow the major-specific requirements of the partner program:

  • Media and Screen Studies and Communication Studies
  • Media and Screen Studies and Political Science

 

Music

 

Requirements for transfer into the music majors are listed below.

Music with Concentration in Music Composition and Technology

Students must submit a portfolio of recent original work and complete an interview.

No major-specific requirements.

Music with Concentration in Music Industry

 

Students with a GPA below 2.000 must meet with our Student Success Coach to discuss joining the major.
No major-specific requirements for the full major or combined major programs.

Combined Major in Computer Science and Music
with Concentration in Music Composition and Technology

Students must submit a portfolio of recent original work and complete an interview in addition to meeting the requirements outlined for majors in Computer and Information Science.

 


 

Theatre

 

Students with a GPA below 2.000 must meet with our Student Success Coach to discuss joining the major.
No major-specific requirements for the full major or combined major programs.

 

Declare a minor in the College of Arts, Media and Design

Drop us an email with the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your NUID
  • The name of the CAMD minor you want to declare.

If you need to drop your CAMD minor, you can also send us an email with that same information.

 

To declare a minor in another college, contact the advising center for that college. Links are available at the Mentoring and Advising page.

The myPAWS (or DARS) Degree Audit is a tool to help determine progress in your major. You can find your audit when you log into myNortheastern and select the Self-Service tab.

The Faculty Advisor Communication Tool (FACT) system is an important part of CAMD’s retention and advising efforts. Instructors use the FACT system to provide notification of any difficulties to students as well as their assigned academic advisor. FACT reports can be submitted at any time in the semester for any student struggling in any course. When instructors submit reports, we ask that they consider submitting a FACT report for any student who may be struggling in his or her course(s).

Many FACT reports are routine requests for students to visit advisor office hours, TA hours, or tutoring. In those cases, advisors will reiterate that message with the student, as well as leave a note in the FACT system which instructors can view at any time through Blackboard. In cases where signs of difficulty are trending across multiple courses for a student, or where there is serious concern in a single course, advisors will immediately reach out to the student to meet and offer support, in addition to making a note in the FACT system. The advisor may also contact instructors directly if they need additional information.

The Office of the Registrar provides instructions to calculate your GPA.

Check out Undergraduate Resources & Policies[Link to 4.1.6] for information on:

 

  • Reading your DARS audit
  • Searching for classes
  • Selecting classes
  • Registering for classes
  • Full or Restricted courses

View the Academic Calendar to find out when registration starts for each semester.

 

POA changes almost always involve a student participating in a co-op—either setting a student’s record to go on a future co-op, or setting a student’s record so they won’t be going on any further co-ops. Please contact your co-op coordinator to initiate this change. You can also call 617.373.5583 for help determining the right advisor for your POA change.

Please contact your academic advisor in 100 Meserve Hall to make changes to your graduation year. Visit Contact Us for a list of CAMD academic advisors. If you are a  junior or senior year, you must complete the Graduation Clearance before changing your grad year. To set up an appointment with your academic advisor, call 617.373.5583 or log into myNortheastern > Self-Service > Appointment Calendar. You will be able to find your advisor within the Appointment Calendar.

Academic Progression Standards

 

Northeastern students are expected to maintain satisfactory academic progression toward graduation each semester. However, when a student earns fewer than 12 Semester Hours (SH) of credit per semester and/or is below a 2.000 GPA in 3 consecutive academic semesters, the student is dismissed.  You can find the complete Academic Probation policy in the Northeastern University Undergraduate Catalog under Academic Progression Standards.

 

Academic Probation

 

If a student earns fewer than 12 SH in one fall or spring semester and/or the student’s GPA drops below a 2.000, the student will be placed on Academic Probation by the College of Arts, Media and Design.

  • When a student is placed on Academic Probation for the first time, the student is encouraged to come see his/her Academic Advisor or to meet with the Student Retention and Persistence Specialist as well as seek tutoring as necessary.  All students on Academic Probation are required to complete an Academic Probation Contract with their Academic Advisor.  The contract will outline the requirements the student must meet in order to return to good academic standing.
  • When a student is placed on Academic Probation for the second time, the student must meet with our the Student Retention and Persistence Specialist to complete an Academic Probation Contract and are required to seek tutoring.

 

Dismissal

 

Students who have remained on Academic Probation for 3 consecutive academic fall or spring semesters will be dismissed from the College and University.  Additionally, the College may, at its discretion, immediately dismiss students who earn 4 or fewer credits in any fall or spring semester or have an overall GPA of 1.000 or less.  When a student in the College of Arts, Media and Design is dismissed from the University, the following standard actions apply:

  • The student will be dropped from all registered courses for the semester immediately following dismissal.
  • The student may not petition to return to classes for the semester immediately following dismissal.
  • The student may file an appeal petition with the College to be allowed to return to classes in a future term.

 

Dismissal Appeal Petition Process

Deadlines for appeal:

  • Fall 2018 Return: Monday, July 16th

 

There are two parts to the dismissal appeal:

    • Academic Dismissal Appeal Form is to be filled out by the student. Please be very thoughtful as you complete this, as it is your only avenue to explain your reasoning of why you should be allowed to return to Northeastern.
    • Letter(s) of support.  Choose one of the two following options:
      • For students returning to the same major, we require a letter of support from the chair or a faculty mentor of your home department.
        Faculty: Possible points to include in the faculty letter of support are the following:

        • Willingness to accept this student (back) into your program.
        • Do you feel that the student has the capability to succeed in his/her current/new program?
        • Did the student seek assistance or guidance throughout the last semester?
        • Would you describe the student as engaged and/or participatory in class and/or the program?
        • Other relevant information that you feel would be helpful in evaluating the student’s petition to return to CAMD.
        • If the student is allowed to return, do you have any contingent recommendations?
      • For students switching into a new major at the time of reentry, two letters are required.  First is from a past faculty member that can speak to your academic strengths as demonstrated in that class and the second must be from either the chair or a faculty mentor of your new major.  Set up a meeting with a designated faculty mentor or with the department chair to discuss your plans for the new major before asking for a letter of support from him/her.
        Faculty: Possible points to include in this letter of support are the following:

        • Do you feel that the student has the capability to succeed generally at Northeastern even though s/he did not find success in your program?
        • Did the student seek assistance or guidance throughout the last semester?
        • Would you describe the student as engaged and/or participatory in class and/or the program?
        • If the student is allowed to return, do you have any contingent recommendations?

Both the Academic Dismissal Appeal Form and the faculty letter(s) of support should be submitted to our Student Retention and Persistence Specialist by the deadline stated above.  You will be contacted with the College’s decision after the deadline stated above.

If you are readmitted to the College, you will be required to hold regular and mandatory meetings with our Student Retention and Persistence Specialist.  Our Persistence Specialist is a designated resource for all students who are experiencing academic difficulty.

Advisor Assignments and Staff

Architecture

A through G: Valerie Falasca, H through N: Jocelyn Faber, O through Z: Alisa Sisson

Art + Design

Art, Design, Digital Art, Game Design, Graphic Design, Interactive Media, Media Arts
A through K: Jocelyn Faber, L through Z: Greg Zuch

Studio Art (joint program with the SMFA)
A through Z: Greg Zuch

Combined majors advisors

Communication Studies

Comm, Comm combined majors including Comm/MSCR
A through G: Maegan Bishoff, H through N: Valerie Falasca, O through Z: Alisa Sisson

Media and Screen Studies

A through C: Maegan Bishoff, D through K: Helena Prezio, L through Z: Jocelyn Faber

Journalism

A through G: Maegan Bishoff, H through N: Valerie Falasca, O through Z: Alisa Sisson

Music

through F: Jocelyn Faber, G through Z: Greg Zuch

Theatre

A through Z: Maegan Bishoff

Student Persistence Specialist

A through Z: Jen Schiffman