Architecture and Graphic and Information Design, BS

The School of Architecture and the Department of Art + Design offer a combined major in architecture and graphic and information design. Students interested in the combined major connect specific problem solving inherent to architectural understanding with the larger context of contemporary cities. They learn to conceptualize, synthesize, and represent complex architectural, urban, and environmental issues. Students combine this knowledge with the design of message and meaning, integrating text and image to visualize concepts and data to enhance human understanding of complex and vital knowledge.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

NUpath attributes Natural and Designed World (ND), Creative Expression and Innovation (EI), Interpreting Culture (IC), Societies and Institutions (SI), and Difference and Diversity (DD) are met through the major course requirements.

In order to graduate, students must complete Formal and Quantitative Reasoning (FQ), Analyzing and Using Data (AD), and Ethical Reasoning (ER) in their electives.

Architecture Requirements

Required Courses
ARCH 1110Fundamental Architectural Representation4
ARCH 1310Architecture and Global Cultures, Prehistory to 14004
ARCH 1120Fundamental Architectural Design6
ARCH 1320Architecture and Global Cultures, 1400 to Present4
ARCH 1450Understanding Design4
ARCH 2130Site, Space, and Program6
ARCH 2330Architecture, Modernity, and the City, 1800 to 19104
ARCH 2340Architecture, Modernity, and the City, 1910 to 19804
Complete two of the following courses:8
Topics in Architectural History
Advanced Architectural Communication
Design Tactics and Operations

Graphic and Information Design Requirements

Art and Design at Northeastern
ARTF 1000Art and Design at Northeastern1
Art and Design Fundamentals
ARTF 11222D Fundamentals: Surface and Drawing (with optional ARTF 1123)4
ARTF 22204D Fundamentals: Sequence and Drawing (with optional ARTF 2221)4
Art and Design History
ARTH 2210Modern Art and Design History4
ARTH 2215History of Graphic Design4
ARTG 1250Design Process Context and Systems4
ARTG 2250Typography 1 (with optional ARTG 2251)4
ARTG 2252Graphic Design 14
ARTG 3350Typography 24
ARTG 3451Information Design 14
Degree Project
ARTG 4550Design Degree Project 14
Art and Design Electives
Complete one of the following:4
Photo Basics (with optional ARTD 2361 )
Video Basics (with optional ARTD 2381)
Programming Basics
Observational Drawing
Conceptual Drawing
3D Fundamentals: Structure and Drawing (with optional ARTF 1124)
5D Fundamentals: Experience and Drawing (with optional ARTF 2224)
Interaction Design 1: Responsive (with optinal ARTG 2401 )
Time-Based Design
Graphic Design 2
Identity and Brand Design
Information Design 2
Environmental Information Design
Typography 3

Integrative Requirement

ARTG 4551Design Degree Project 24

Program Requirement

132 total semester hours required

Sample Five Years, Two Co-ops in Spring/Summer 1

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ARTF 1000 or ARCH 10001ARCH 11104Vacation0Vacation0
ARTG 12504ARCH 11206  
ARTF 1122 (with optional ARTF 1123)4ARTF 2220 (with optional ARTF 2221)4  
ENGW 11114ARCH 13204  
ARCH 13104   
 17 18 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ARCH 21306ARCH 23404Vacation0Vacation0
ARTG 2250 (with optional ARTG 2251)4ARTG 22524  
ARTH 22104ARCH 14504  
ARCH 23304Elective4  
 18 16 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Architecture elective4Co-op0Co-op0Vacation0
ARTG 33504   
ARTH 22154   
ENGW 3314 or 33154   
EEAM 20001   
 17 0 0 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Architecture elective4Co-op0Co-op0Vacation0
ARTG 34514   
 16 0 0 0
Year 5
ARTG 45504ARTG 45514  
Art and design elective4Elective4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 134