Art, BA

A studio-based fine art program that offers a broad and deep exploration of what it means to be culturally aware, skilled, and productive, the Bachelor of Arts in Art balances studio courses in drawing/painting and digital media with art history and visual studies. Students’ education, experience, and training in understanding cultural practices take full advantage of the remarkable scope of the College of Arts, Media and Design. The focus of obtaining a well-rounded liberal arts education, within a broad study of the arts and humanities, is complemented by the study of a language and its cultural context and knowledge in the natural, physical, and social sciences. Some courses in this program are offered in Ireland, a cultural treasure-house amid natural splendor, where students may have an intensive and immersive experience. There students make art in their own studios in an art school equipped with all the tools and resources an artist requires. Most important, ample elective choices include study-abroad programs and span the complete range of offerings of our college.

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.

BA Language Requirements

All BA students are required to complete the BA language requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

NUpath requirements Creative Expression/Innovation (EI), Interpreting Culture (IC), and Societies and Institutions (SI) are met through the major course requirements.

NUpath requirements Natural and Designed World (ND), Formal and Quantitative Reasoning (FQ), Analyzing and Using Data (AD), Difference and Diversity (DD), and Ethical Reasoning (ER) must be met through general electives.

Art and Design Core

ARTF 1000Art and Design at Northeastern1
Complete one course in the following range. ARTF 1143 is recommended.4
ARTF 1141 to ARTF 1149
ARTF 11222D Fundamentals: Surface and Drawing (with optional ARTF 1123)4
ARTF 1124
and ARTF 1125
3D Fundamentals: Structure and Drawing
and 3D Tools
ARTF 22204D Fundamentals: Sequence and Drawing (with optional ARTF 2221)4
Drawing Elective
ARTF 1120Observational Drawing4
or ARTF 1121 Conceptual Drawing
Art History Required
ARTH 1110Global Art and Design History: Ancient to Medieval4
ARTH 1111Global Art and Design History: Renaissance to Modern4
ARTH 2210Modern Art and Design History4
ARTH 2211Contemporary Art and Design History4
ARTD 4530Media Arts Degree Project 14

Concentration or Electives

Complete the following concentration or the elective section below:

Arts, Media and Design Electives
Complete any five courses from the following lists as long as prerequisites have been met. At least one must be at the 4000 level.20
Art + Design
Sculpture Basics
Painting Basics
Figure Drawing
Drawing in Mixed Media
Interactive Media and Society
The Science of Art, the Art of Science
Nineteenth-Century Art
Contemporary Art Theory and Criticism
Issues in Contemporary Art
Contemporary Visual Culture
Narrative Basics
Photo Basics (with optional ARTD 2361)
Animation Basics (with optional ARTD 2371)
Video Basics (with optional ARTD 2381)
Photography 1
Animation 1
Virtual Environment Design
Character Design for Animation
Animation for Games
Video: Sound and Image
Photography 2
Animation 2
Animation 3
Digital Sculpture and Model Making
Collaborative Video and Community Engagement
Studio Photography
Alternative Photographic Processes
Design Process Context and Systems
Typography 1 (with optional ARTG 2251)
Graphic Design 1
The Graphic Novel
Art and Design Abroad: Studio
Art and Design Abroad: History
Art and Design Special Topics
Special Topics in Art and Design Studio
Buildings and Cities, A Global History
and Recitation for ARCH 1310
Architecture and Global Cultures, 1400 to Present
and Recitation for ARCH 1320
American Architecture
Understanding Design
Architecture, Modernity, and the City, 1800 to 1910
Architecture, Modernity, and the City, 1910 to 1980
Communication Studies
Introduction to Communication Studies
Game Design
Games and Society
Understanding Today’s News
Media and Screen Studies
Media, Culture, and Society
Introduction to Film Production
Understanding Media
American Film and Culture
Film Music
Introduction to Theatre
Introduction to Theatrical Design

Major GPA Requirement

A major GPA of 2.500 is required.

Program Requirement

129 total semester hours required

Concentration in Visual Studies

Art and Design History Electives
Courses in architectural history and media and screen studies may also be used upon approval by the chair of the Department of Art + Design.
Complete five of the following course as long as prerequisites have been met. At least one must be at the 4000 level20
Art and Design Abroad: History
Interactive Media and Society
Survey of the Still and Moving Image
Nineteenth-Century Art
History of Graphic Design
Contemporary Art Theory and Criticism
Issues in Contemporary Art
Contemporary Visual Culture
Special Topics in Art and Design History

Sample Five Years, Two Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall Sample. YA or ZA Plan of Study optional.

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ARTF 10001ARTF 1124
and ARTF 1125
ARTF 1143 (Or one course in ARTF 1141 to 1149)4ARTH 11114  
ARTF 1122 (with optional ARTF 1123)4Elective4  
ARTH 11104Elective4  
ENGW 11114   
 17 17 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ARTF 1120 or 11214ARTF 2220 (with optional ARTF 2221)4Vacation0Co-op
ARTH 22104ARTH 22114  
Arts, media and design elective4Arts, media and design elective4  
 EEAM 20001  
 16 17 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opArts, Media and Design Elective4Vacation0Co-op
 0 16 0 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opArts, media and design elective4VacationVacation
 0 16 0 0
Year 5
ARTD 45304Arts, Media and Design Elective4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 131