Media and Screen Studies and Media Arts, BA

The Media and Screen Studies Program and the Department of Art + Design offer a combined major in media studies and media arts. Students pursuing the combined major are able to integrate the theory and practice of contemporary media studies with the deep appreciation of the narrative arts that is 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 requirements Creative Expression/Innovation (EI), Interpreting Culture (IC), and Societies and Institutions (SI) are met through the major course requirements.

NUpath requirement Analyzing and Using Data (AD), Difference and Diversity (DD), and Ethical Reasoning (ER) may be met through electives in the major.

NUpath requirements Natural and Designed World (ND) and Formal and Quantitative Reasoning (FQ) must be met through general electives.

Media and Screen Studies Requirements

Media and Screen Studies Common Requirements
MSCR 1220Media, Culture, and Society4
MSCR 1320Media and Social Change4
or MSCR 1420 Media History
Foundation Course
Complete one of the following:4
Introduction to Film Production
Understanding Media
Diversity or Globalization Course
Complete one of the following:4
Gender and Film
Global Media
Digital Feminisms
Media and Identity
Complete two of the following:8
Digital Feminisms
Film Theory
Digital Media Culture
Media Audiences
TV History

Media and Screen Studies Electives

Complete three courses from MSCR or from the following:12
Recommendation: Complete MSCR 4623 as one of your MSCR electives to fulfill NUpath capstone.
Video Basics
Video: Sound and Image
Experimental Video
Sound Production for Digital Media
Television Field Production
Television Studio Production
Digital Editing for TV
Special Effects and Postproduction for Television
Production Capstone

Media Arts Courses

Art + Design at Northeastern
ARTF 1000Art and Design at Northeastern1
Art + Design Fundamentals
ARTF 1122Color and Composition (with optional ARTF 1123)4
ARTF 2220Movement and Time (with optional 2221)4
Drawing Fundamentals
ARTF 1120Observational Drawing4
or ARTF 1121 Conceptual Drawing
Art + Design History
ARTH 2210Modern Art and Design History4
ARTH 2212Survey of the Still and Moving Image4
Media Arts Basics Electives
Complete two of the following sets:8
Introduction to Photography
Animation Basics
Video Basics
Media Arts Capstone
ARTD 4530Media Arts Degree Project 14
Art + Design Electives
Complete any two courses not previously completed in ARTG, ARTE, ARTD, ARTH, or ARTS courses as long as prerequisites or corequisites have been met. 8-9

Integrative Course

MSCR 3600Film Theory4

Media and Screen Studies Grade Requirement

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

Program Requirement

128 total semester hours required

Sample Four Years, Two Co-ops

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ARTF 1000 or MSCR 10001MSCR 1320 or 14204Elective4Elective4
MSCR 12204ARTH 22124Elective 4Elective4
ARTF 1122 (with optional ARTF 1123)4ARTF 1120 or 11214  
ARTF 2220 (with optional 2221)4Elective4  
ENGW 11114   
 17 16 8 8
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MSCR foundation4Co-opCo-opElective4
MSCR elective4  Elective4
Media arts basics elective4   
ARTH 22104   
EEAM 20001   
 17 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MSCR diversity/globalization4Co-opCo-opElective4
MSCR writing-intensive4  Elective4
Media arts basics elective4   
Art + design elective4   
 16 0 0 8
Year 4
MSCR 36004ARTD 45304  
MSCR writing-intensive4MSCR elective4  
Art + design elective4MSCR elective4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 130