Design, BFA

Design is the practice-based discipline raising important questions about—and providing significant answers to—how we live. Designers are needed when we don’t know what is needed. Designers propose alternative futures and create new choices using design principles and processes to create, compose, and construct meaning in diverse knowledge fields. Designers seek a broad understanding of principles and systems of perception, communication, and action. Concentrations in design practices are graphic and information design, interaction design, and experience design.

Graphic design makes messages and meaning using visual form and the integration of text and image. It often has a persuasive intention and uses rules of visual composition, form, and pattern to enable storytelling or to create attention and an ambience for consideration. Information design focuses on visualizing concepts and data to enhance human understanding of complex and vital knowledge.

Interaction design focuses on the creation of navigable interfaces and systems that allow audiences to achieve meaningful goals, connecting people to people and people to information and environments.

Experience design is a holistic approach that utilizes investigation into human environments in specific situations to improve quality. Given an understanding of goals, needs, and desires, it seeks to improve the various contexts by identifying and studying events and how they can be turned into beneficial practices.

As intensive studio programs, the curricula balance theory and design history and theory with studio projects in all media. As a design analyst, inventor, interpreter, curator, and producer of information, interaction, and experience, students can integrate many facets of university and liberal arts education.

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.

Art and Design Core

Introduction to College
ARTF 1000Art and Design at Northeastern1
Art and Design Fundamentals
ARTF 11222D Fundamentals: Surface and Drawing (with optional ARTF 1123)4
ARTF 11243D Fundamentals: Structure and Drawing (with optional ARTF 1125)4
ARTF 22204D Fundamentals: Sequence and Drawing (with optional ARTF 2221)4
ARTF 22235D Fundamentals: Experience and Drawing (with optional ARTF 2224)4
Art and Design History
ARTH 1111Global Art and Design History: Renaissance to Modern4
ARTH 2210Modern Art and Design History4
ARTH 2211Contemporary Art and Design History4

Design Requirements

Design Courses
ARTG 1250Design Process Context and Systems4
ARTG 2250Typography 1 (with optional ARTG 2251)4
ARTG 3350Typography 24
ARTG 3451Information Design 14
Degree Project
Complete one of the following:8
Design Degree Project 1
and Design Degree Project 2
Interaction Team Degree Project 1
and Interaction Team Degree Project 2

Design Electives

Art and Design Elective
Complete one of the following:4
Observational Drawing
Conceptual Drawing
Narrative Basics
Art and Design Special Topics
Design History Elective
ARTH 1100Interactive Media and Society4
or ARTH 2215 History of Graphic Design
Media Arts Basics Elective
Complete one of the following:4
Photo Basics (with optional ARTD 2361)
Animation Basics (with optional ARTD 2371)
Video Basics (with optional ARTD 2381)

Concentrations

Complete one of the concentrations listed below:

Program Requirements

129 total semester hours required


Concentrations

Concentration in Graphic and Information Design

Required Courses
ARTG 2252Graphic Design 14
ARTG 3450Graphic Design 24
Electives
Complete four of the following:16
Art and Design Special Topics
Special Topics in Art and Design Studio
Programming Basics
Interaction Design 1: Responsive (with optional ARTG 2401)
Time-Based Design
Identity and Brand Design
Experience Design 1
Interaction Design 2: Mobile
Information Design 2
Environmental Information Design
Typography 3

 Concentration in Interaction Design

Required Courses
ARTG 2252Graphic Design 14
ARTG 2260Programming Basics4
ARTG 2400Interaction Design 1: Responsive (with optional ARTG 2401)4
ARTG 3700Interaction Design 2: Mobile4
Electives
Complete two of the following:8
Art and Design Special Topics
Special Topics in Art and Design Studio
Physical Computing
Time-Based Design
Graphic Design 2
Identity and Brand Design
Experience Design 1
Experience Design 2
Information Design 2
Environmental Information Design
Typography 3

 Concentration in Experience Design

Required Courses
ARTG 2260Programming Basics4
ARTG 3462Experience Design 14
ARTG 3463Experience Design 24
Electives
Complete three of the following:12
Graphic Design 1
Physical Computing
Time-Based Design
Graphic Design 2
Identity and Brand Design
Interaction Design 2: Mobile
Information Design 2
Environmental Information Design
Typography 3
Art and Design Special Topics
Special Topics in Art and Design Studio

Sample Five Years, Two Co-ops in Spring/Summer 1. YA or ZA Plan of Study optional.

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ARTF 10001ARTF 1124 (with optional ARTF 1125)4VacationVacation
ARTG 12504ARTG 2250 (with optional ARTG 2251)4  
ARTF 1122 (with optional ARTF 1123)4ARTH 22104  
ARTH 11114Elective4  
Elective4   
 17 16 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ARTF 2220 (with optional ARTF 2221)4ARTG 34624VacationVacation
ARTF 2223 (with optional ARTF 2224)4ARTG 22604  
ARTH 22114Design history elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
 16 16 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ARTG 33504Co-opCo-opVacation
ARTG 34634   
Art and design elective4   
Elective4   
EEAM 20001   
 17 0 0 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ARTG 34514Co-op0Co-op0Vacation
Design elective4   
Media arts elective4   
Elective4   
 16 0 0 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
ARTG 4550 or 47004ARTG 4551 or 47014  
Design elective4Design elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 130

Sample Five Years, Two Co-ops in Spring/Summer 1. YA or ZA Plan of Study optional.

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ARTF 10001ARTF 1124 (with optional ARTF 1125)4VacationVacation
ARTG 12504ARTG 2250 (with optional ARTF 2251)4  
ARTF 1122 (with optional ARTF 1123)4ARTH 22104  
ARTH 11114Elective4  
Elective4   
 17 16 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ARTF 2220 (with optional ARTF 2221)4ARTF 2223 (with optional ARTF 2224)4VacationVacation
ARTH 22114ARTG 33504  
ARTG 22524Design history elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
 16 16 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ARTG 34504Co-opCo-opVacation
ARTG 34514   
Media arts elective4   
Elective4   
EEAM 20001   
 17 0 0 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Design elective4Co-op0Co-op0Vacation
Design elective4   
Art and design elective4   
Elective4   
 16 0 0 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
ARTG 4550 or 47004ARTG 4551 or 47014  
Design elective4Design elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 130

Sample Five Years, Two Co-ops in Spring/Summer 1. YA or ZA Plan of Study optional.

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ARTF 10001ARTF 1124 (with optional ARTF 1125)4VacationVacation
ARTG 12504ARTG 2250 (with optional ARTG 2251)4  
ARTF 1122 (with optional ARTF 1123)4ARTH 22104  
ARTH 11114Elective4  
Elective4   
 17 16 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ARTF 2220 (with optional ARTF 2221)4ARTG 22524VacationVacation
ARTF 2223 (with optional ARTF 2224)4ARTG 2400 (with optional ARTG 2401)4  
ARTH 22114ARTG 33504  
Elective4Elective4  
 16 16 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ARTG 22604Co-opCo-opVacation
ARTG 34514   
Design history elective4   
Elective4   
EEAM 20001   
 17 0 0 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ARTG 37004Co-op0Co-op0Vacation
Art and design elective4   
Media arts elective4   
Elective4   
 16 0 0 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
ARTG 4550 or 47004ARTG 4551 or 47014  
Design elective4Design elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 130