Media Arts and Communication Studies, BA

The Department of Communication Studies and the Department of Art + Design offer a combined major in media arts and communication studies. Students interested in the combined major integrate the study of communication skills and processes with the study of the creation of the narrative arts, required for professional work in documentary film, game art and promotion, visualization, motion graphics, interactive art, illustration, and short animated films.

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.

BA Language Requirements

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

Media Arts Requirements

Art and Design at Northeastern
ARTF 1000Art and Design at Northeastern1
Art and Design Foundations
ARTF 1122
and ARTF 1123
2D Fundamentals: Surface and Drawing
and 2D Tools
ARTF 2220
and ARTF 2221
4D Fundamentals: Sequence and Drawing
and 4D Tools
Drawing Fundamentals
ARTF 1120Observational Drawing4
or ARTF 1121 Conceptual Drawing
Art and Design History
ARTH 2210Modern Art and Design History4
ARTH 2212Survey of the Still and Moving Image4
Project Required Course
ARTD 4530Media Arts Degree Project 14
Media Art Basics Electives
Complete two of the following:10
Animation Basics
and Animation Tools
Photo Basics
and Photo Tools
Video Basics
and Video Tools
Art and Design Electives
Complete two of the following:8-10
Observational Drawing
Conceptual Drawing
3D Fundamentals: Structure and Drawing
and 3D Tools
5D Fundamentals: Experience and Drawing
and 5D Tools
Narrative Basics
Business Literacy for Design and Media
Art and Design Abroad: Studio
Art and Design Abroad: History
Special Topics in Art and Design Studio
Art and Design Special Topics
Special Topics in Art and Design History
Interactive Media and Society
Global Art and Design History: Ancient to Medieval
Global Art and Design History: Renaissance to Modern
Contemporary Art and Design History
19th-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
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
Studio Photography
Alternative Photographic Processes
Media Arts Degree Project 2
Video in Context: Video and Social Change
Collaborative Video and Community Engagement
Sculpture Basics
Painting Basics
Figure Drawing
Drawing in Mixed Media

Communication Studies Courses

Communication Studies Common Requirements
COMM 1101Introduction to Communication Studies4
COMM 1112Public Speaking4
or COMM 2301 Communication Research Methods
Foundation Course
Complete one of the following:4
Persuasion and Rhetoric
Communication Theory
Principles of Organizational Communication
Communication in a Digital Age
Classical Foundations of Communication
Cluster Course
Complete one of the following:4
Sex, Relationships, and Communication
Global and Intercultural Communication
Communication and Gender
Communication Law
Free Speech in Cyberspace
Writing-Intensive Courses
Complete two of the following:8
Mobile Communication
Health Communication
Interpersonal Communication
Communication and Inclusion
Political Communication
Argumentation and Debate
Great Speakers and Speeches 2, 1930–Present
Communication Criticism
Environmental Issues, Communication, and the Media
Free Speech: Law and Practice
Communication and Sexualities
Theories of Conflict and Negotiation
Communication, Politics, and Social Change
Sex and Interpersonal Communication
Consultation Skills
Organizational Communication Training and Development
Nonverbal Social Interaction
Contemporary Rhetorical Theory
Youth and Communication Technology
Crisis Communication and Image Management
Seminar in Communications
Special Topics in Communication Studies
Communication Studies Electives
Complete three COMM courses.12

Integrative Requirement

Bridge/Integrative Requirement
COMM 3415Communication Criticism4

Communication Studies Grade Requirement

No more than two grades below a C in communication studies courses may be used to fulfill degree requirements.

Program Requirement

128 total semester hours required