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 BA 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. Select courses at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA), adjacent to the Northeastern campus, permit students to discover new talents and interests. Most important, ample elective choices include study-abroad programs and span the complete range of offerings of our college.

The concentration in visual studies incorporates art and design history with a cultural study of seeing. Understanding vision to be as much a product of lived culture and a phenomenon that is as dynamic, creative, and social as it is physical and biological, visual studies explores differing ways to interpret the visible world that surrounds us. Students are exposed to the history and theory of the visual arts and visual experience as they address connections between topics as wide-ranging as Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and the computer interface used in Apple’s Lisa. Visual studies seeks to develop critical insight into, and understanding of, what is seen. 

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

BA Language Requirements

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

Art and Design Core

Introduction to College
ARTF 1000Art and Design at Northeastern1
Art and Design Fundamentals
ARTF 1122
and ARTF 1123
2D Fundamentals: Surface and Drawing
and 2D Tools
5
ARTF 1124
and ARTF 1125
3D Fundamentals: Structure and Drawing
and 3D Tools
5
ARTF 2220
and ARTF 2221
4D Fundamentals: Sequence and Drawing
and 4D Tools
5
ARTF 2223
and ARTF 2224
5D Fundamentals: Experience and Drawing
and 5D Tools
5
Drawing Fundamentals Elective
ARTF 1120Observational Drawing4
or ARTF 1121 Conceptual Drawing
Art and Design History
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
Degree Project
ARTS 4540Art Degree Project 14
ARTS 4541Art Degree Project 24

Arts, Media and Design Requirements

Complete four courses from the following lists:16
Art + Design
Sculpture Basics
Painting Basics
Figure Drawing
Drawing in Mixed Media
Interactive Media and Society
Nineteenth-Century Art
American Art
Arts of the African Diaspora
Contemporary Art Theory and Criticism
Issues in Contemporary Art
Postmodernism: Theory and Practice in the Visual Arts
Contemporary Visual Culture
Art and New Media: History and Theory
Photo Basics
and Photo Tools
Animation Basics
and Animation Tools
Video Basics
and Video Tools
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
Video in Context: Video and Social Change
Design Process Context and Systems
Typography 1
and Type Tools
Graphic Design 1
Interaction Design Basics
Narrative Basics
Art and Design Abroad: Studio
Art and Design Abroad: History
Art and Design Special Topics
Special Topics in Art and Design Studio
Special Topics in Art and Design History
Architecture
Architecture and Global Cultures, Prehistory to 1400
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
and Recitation for GAME 1110
Games and Learning
Journalism
Interpreting the Day’s News
Media and Screen Studies
Media, Culture, and Society
Introduction to Film Production
Introduction to Digital Media Culture
Understanding Media and Film
Exploring the Humanities through Film
American Film and Culture
Music
Introduction to Music
Introduction to Art, Drama, and Music
Film Music
Theatre
Introduction to Theatre
Introduction to Theatrical Design

Major GPA Requirement

A major GPA of 2.500 is required.

Program Requirement

133 total semester hours required

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
5Vacation0Vacation0
ARTF 1122
and ARTF 1123
5ARTH 11114  
ARTH 11104Elective4  
Arts, media and design elective4Elective4  
Elective4   
 18 17 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ARTF 1120 or 11214ARTF 2220
and ARTF 2221
5Vacation0Co-op
ARTH 22104ARTH 22114  
Arts, media and design elective4Arts, media and design elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
EEAM 20101EEAM 20001  
 17 18 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opARTF 2223
and ARTF 2224
5Vacation0Co-op
 Elective4  
 Elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 17 0 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opArts, media and design elective4VacationVacation
 Elective4  
 Elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 16 0 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
ARTS 45404ARTS 45414  
Elective4Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 135