Media Arts, BFA

The continuing revolution in digital computing and global communications has produced a rapidly evolving field for artists who create experiences of image and form with computer screens, intelligent devices, and new materials. Artists also invent tools for exploring, creating, and distributing their ideas and works. Media arts practices of animation, game, game art, photography, and video arts are offered with variations more yet to be invented.

Courses in imaginative and narrative arts, required for professional work in documentary films, game art and promotion, visualization, motion graphics, interactive art, illustration, and short animated film, are offered. An intensive studio program, the curriculum provides knowledge, experience, and techniques of media arts informed by theory, experimentation, and critique. Extensive digital imaging and interactive media editing and production facilities afford you the opportunity to become highly proficient in the current skills and emerging practices necessary for remarkable work. The media arts are evolving and expanding their reach into culture and society in daily life and global experience. The revolutions in 3D printing, embedded devices, and robotics are changing the landscape in which the media artist will operate. This degree is designed to prepare students to meet the challenges of continuous change with adaptive ingenuity.

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), Societies and Institutions (SI), and Writing-Intensive (WI) 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 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
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

Media Arts Electives

If, instead of completing these media arts electives, you would like to complete a concentration in animation, photography, or video arts, contact your academic advisor.

Note: Courses in this requirement may not be used for the "Drawing Fundamentals Elective" or "Media Arts History Elective" sections.
Complete six of the following:24-25
Narrative Basics
Business Literacy for Design and Media
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
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
Sculpture Basics
Painting Basics
Figure Drawing
Drawing in Mixed Media
Photography 1
Animation 1
Virtual Environment Design
Character Design for Animation
Video: Sound and Image
Video Art
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
Typography 1
and Graphic Design 1
Time-Based Design
Interaction Design Basics
Animation for Games
Interactive Media and Society
Video: Story and Sequence
Interactive Documentary

Media Arts Requirements

Drawing Fundamentals Elective
ARTF 1120Observational Drawing4
or ARTF 1121 Conceptual Drawing
Media Arts Basics Elective
Note: If you are pursuing a concentration, select courses not used for your concentration.
Complete one of the following:5
Photo Basics
and Photo Tools
Animation Basics
and Animation Tools
Video Basics
and Video Tools
Media Arts History Elective
Complete one of the following:4
Contemporary Art and Design History
Survey of the Still and Moving Image
Interactive Media and Society
Design Requirement
ARTG 2250
and ARTG 2251
Typography 1
and Type Tools
Degree Project
ARTD 4530Media Arts Degree Project 14
ARTD 4670Media Arts Degree Project 24

Program Requirement

132 total semester hours required

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

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ARTF 10001ARTF 1122
and ARTF 1123
ARTF 1124
and ARTF 1125
5ARTF 2220
and ARTF 2221
ARTH 11104ARTH 11114  
Drawing fundamentals elective4Elective4  
 18 18 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ARTF 2223
and ARTF 2224
5Drawing fundamentals elective4VacationVacation
ARTH 22104Media arts history elective4  
Media arts basics elective5Media arts elective4  
 18 16 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ARTG 2250
and ARTG 2251
Media arts elective4   
Elective 4   
EEAM 20001   
 18 0 0 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Media arts elective 4Co-opCo-opVacation
Media arts elective4   
 16 0 0 0
Year 5
ARTD 4530 or ARTG 47004ARTD 4670 or ARTG 47014  
Media arts elective4Media arts elective4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 136