Studio Art, BFA

The BFA in studio art is offered in partnership with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA), affiliated with Tufts University and located adjacent to the Northeastern campus. In this major, the studio art classes are taken at the SMFA, which permits students to explore a wide range of artistic media including ceramics, drawing, film, glasswork, metalsmith, painting, performance, print and paper, sculpture, and sound in their extensive studio environments. Art and design history courses are taken at Northeastern. In addition, students have access to all the elective courses, co-op, study-abroad programs, technology, and student resources that Northeastern students experience.

The BFA in studio art degree is awarded by Northeastern.

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 Interpreting Culture (IC) and Societies and Institutions (SI) are met through the major course requirements.

NUpath requirements Natural and Designed World (ND), Creative Expression/Innovation (EI), Formal and Quantitative Reasoning (FQ), Analyzing and Using Data (AD), Difference and Diversity (DD), and Ethical Reasoning (ER)  must be met through general electives.

Note: The BFA in studio art is a joint degree program offered in collaboration with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA), which is affiliated with Tufts University. Art and design history and general education requirements are offered at Northeastern University, and studio art courses, which are determined in consultation with academic advisors at the SMFA, are targeted to each student’s unique program of study.

Art History Requirements for Studio Art

A cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 2.500 or higher is required for the art history requirements.

Art History Required Courses
ARTH 2210Modern Art and Design History4
ARTH 2211Contemporary Art and Design History4
Art and Design History Electives
Complete three of the following:12
Interactive Media and Society
Global Art and Design History: Ancient to Medieval
Global Art and Design History: Renaissance to Modern
Survey of the Still and Moving Image
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
Art and New Media: History and Theory
Special Topics in Art and Design History
ARTE 2300
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
Architecture and Global Cultures, Prehistory to 1400
Architecture and Global Cultures, 1400 to Present
American Architecture
Architecture, Modernity, and the City, 1800 to 1910
Architecture, Modernity, and the City, 1910 to 1980
American Houses and Housing
Latin American Film
Japanese Film
Spanish Civil War on Film
French Film and Culture
Chinese Film: Gender and Ethnicity
Modern German Film and Literature
History of Film
American Film and Culture
Gender and Film
Film Theory
Topics in Film Studies
Topics in International Cinema
Modern Film and Global Culture
Modernism/Modernity and Film
Economics of the Creative Industries
Film and Text
Games and Society
History of Soviet Cinema
History through Film
Media, Culture, and Society
Advertising and Promotional Culture
Digital Media Culture
Popular Music as Media Form
Introduction to Music
Introduction to Art, Drama, and Music
Film Music

Studio Art Courses

Studio Art
Specific courses are targeted to each student’s unique program of study, which is determined in consultation with an academic advisor at SMFA/Tufts. These courses generally have the following course number:68
Museum of Fine Arts Studio (4 to 12 SH)
Senior Thesis Capstone
Senior thesis is a self-directed studio practice and exhibition under consultation of senior thesis faculty at SMFA/Tufts. These courses are generally in the SMFA subject area:8
Museum of Fine Arts Capstone

Studio Art Major Credit Requirement

Complete 96 semester hours in the major.

Program Requirement

136 total semester hours required

Sample Four Years, No Co-op

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ARTF 10001SMFA 300010Vacation0Vacation0
SMFA 300010ARTH 22104  
ENGW 11114Elective4  
Art history elective4   
 19 18 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
SMFA 300010SMFA 300010Vacation0Vacation0
ARTH 22114Elective4  
 18 18 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
SMFA 300010SMFA 300010Vacation0Vacation0
Elective4Art history elective4  
 18 18 0 0
Year 4
SMFA 30004SMFA 30004  
SMFA 40004SMFA 40004  
Art history elective4Elective4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 141