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.

BA Language Requirements

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

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

NUpath attributes Creative Expression and Innovation (EI), Interpreting Culture (IC), and Societies and Institutions (SI) are met through the major course requirements.

In order to graduate, students must complete Natural and Designed World (ND), Formal and Quantitative Reasoning (FQ), Analyzing and Using Data (AD), Difference and Diversity (DD), and Ethical Reasoning (ER) in their electives.

Media Arts Requirements

Art and Design at Northeastern
ARTF 1000Art and Design at Northeastern1
Art and Design Foundations
ARTF 11222D Fundamentals: Surface and Drawing (with optional ARTF 1123)4
ARTF 22204D Fundamentals: Sequence and Drawing (with optional ARTF 2221)4
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:8
Animation Basics (with optinal ARTD 2371)
Photo Basics (with optional ARTD 2361)
Video Basics (with optional ARTD 2381)
Art and Design Electives
Complete two of the following:8
Observational Drawing
Conceptual Drawing
3D Fundamentals: Structure and Drawing (with optional ARTF 1125)
5D Fundamentals: Experience and Drawing (with optional ARTF 2224)
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
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
Nineteenth-Century Art
Contemporary Art Theory and Criticism
Issues in Contemporary Art
Contemporary Visual Culture
Photo Basics (with optional ARTD 2361)
Animation Basics (with optional ARTD 2371)
Video Basics (with optional ARTD 2381)
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
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
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 Theory
Rhetoric of Science
Great Speakers and Speeches 2, 1930–Present
Communication Criticism
Public Relations Principles
Free Speech: Law and Practice
Communication and Sexualities
Theories of Conflict and Negotiation
Communication, Politics, and Social Change
Nonverbal Social Interaction
Youth and Communication Technology
Crisis Communication and Image Management
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

Sample Five Years, Two Co-ops Plan of Study

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ARTF 1000 or COMM 10001ARTF 2220 (with optional ARTF 2221)4Comm elective4Vacation
ARTF 1122 (With opitonal ARTF 1123 )4ARTH 22124Elective4 
ARTH 22104COMM 1112 or 23014  
COMM 11014Drawing elective4  
ENGW 11114   
 17 16 8 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Media arts basics elective4Co-opCo-opElective4
COMM foundation course4  Elective4
COMM cluster course4   
EEAM 20001   
 17 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Media arts basics elective4Co-opCo-opVacation
Art + design elective4   
COMM elective4   
COMM writing-intensive4   
 16 0 0 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Art + design elective4Co-opCo-opVacation
COMM elective4   
COMM writing-intensive4   
 16 0 0 0
Year 5
ARTD 45304ARTD 4670 (or COMM Capstone)4  
COMM 34154Elective4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 130