Art with Concentration in Visual Studies, 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
ARTF 1124
and ARTF 1125
3D Fundamentals: Structure and Drawing
and 3D Tools
ARTF 2220
and ARTF 2221
4D Fundamentals: Sequence and Drawing
and 4D Tools
ARTF 2223
and ARTF 2224
5D Fundamentals: Experience and Drawing
and 5D Tools
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

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 four of the following:16
Art and Design Abroad: History
Special Topics in Art and Design History
Interactive Media and Society
Survey of the Still and Moving Image
Nineteenth-Century Art
American Art
History of Graphic Design
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

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
ARTF 1122
and ARTF 1123
5ARTH 11114  
ARTH 11104Elective4  
 18 17 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ARTF 1120 or 11214ARTF 2220
and ARTF 2221
ARTH 22104ARTH 22114  
Art + design history elective4Art + design history elective4  
EEAM 20101EEAM 20001  
 17 18 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opARTF 2223
and ARTF 2224
 0 17 0 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opArt + design history elective4VacationVacation
 0 16 0 0
Year 5
ARTS 45404ARTS 45414  
Elective4Art + design history elective4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 135