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), Societies and Institutions (SI), and  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

Introduction to Media Studies
MSCR 1220Media, Culture, and Society4
Introduction to Screen Theory
MSCR 2220Understanding Media and Film4
Advanced Theory
MSCR 4623Theories of Media and Culture4
Media and Screen Electives
Complete four of the following:16
Narrative Filmmaking
American Film and Culture
Topics in Documentary Production
Introduction to Film Production
Advertising and Promotional Culture
Global Media
Film Analysis
Special Topics in Media and Screen Studies
Digital Media Culture
Media Audiences
Popular Music as Media Form
Media Industries
Media and Identity
Advanced Media and Screen Electives
Complete two of the following:8
Screenwriting
Gender and Film
Film Theory
Topics in Film Studies
TV History
Media and Democracy
Special Topics in Media and Screen Studies
Directed Study
Independent Study

Media Arts Courses

Art + Design at Northeastern
ARTF 1000Art and Design at Northeastern1
Art + Design Fundamentals
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 + Design History
ARTH 2210Modern Art and Design History4
ARTH 2212Survey of the Still and Moving Image4
Degree Project
ARTD 4530Media Arts Degree Project 14
Media Arts Basic Electives
Complete two of the following sets:8
Photo Basics (with optional ARTD 2361)
Animation Basics (with optional ARTD 2371)
Video Basics (with optional ARTD 2381)
Art + Design Electives
Complete two of the following or any drawing fundamental elective/media arts basic elective not previously taken: 8
3D Fundamentals: Structure and Drawing (with optional ARTF 1125)
5D Fundamentals: Experience and Drawing (with optional ARTF 2224)
Photography 1
Animation 1
Virtual Environment Design
Character Design for Animation
Animation for Games
Video: Sound and Image
Photography 2
Experimental Video
Animation 3
Digital Sculpture and Model Making
Collaborative Video and Community Engagement
Studio Photography
Alternative Photographic Processes
Media Arts Degree Project 2
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
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
Typography 1 (with optional ARTG 2251)
Sculpture Basics
Painting Basics
Figure Drawing
Drawing in Mixed Media

Integrative Courses

CINE 3500Film 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 Five Years, Two Co-ops

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ARTF 1000 or MSCR 10001MSCR 22204Elective4Vacation
MSCR 12204ARTF 2220 (with optional ARTF 2221)4Elective 4 
ARTF 1122 (with optional ARTF 1123)4ARTH 22124  
ARTH 22104ARTF 1120 or 11214  
ENGW 11114   
 17 16 8 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MSCR elective4Co-opCo-opElective4
MSCR elective4   
Media arts basics elective4   
Elective4   
EEAM 20001   
 17 0 0 4
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MSCR elective4co-opco-opElective4
MSCR elective4   
Media arts basics elective4   
Art + design elective4   
 16 0 0 4
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MSCR advanced elective4Co-opCo-opVacation
Art + design elective4   
Elective4   
Elective4   
 16 0 0 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
MSCR advanced elective4MSCR 46234  
ARTD 45304CINE 35004  
Elective4Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 130