Theatre and Interaction Design, BA

This program is designed for students who want to combine a knowledge of the art of theatre with the theories and practice-based design disciplines. It offers both classroom and experiential learning in areas of acting, directing, playwriting, and design practices. Design is the practice-based discipline raising important questions about—and providing significant answers to—how we live. Designers are needed when we don’t know what is needed. Designers propose alternative futures and create new choices using design principles and processes to create, compose, and construct meaning in diverse knowledge fields. Designers seek a broad understanding of principles and systems of perception, communication, and action.

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.

Theatre Requirements 

A minimum grade of C is required for all theatre courses.

Foundational Stages
THTR 1101Introduction to Theatre4
THTR 1120Acting 14
THTR 1131Technical Theatre 14
THTR 1270Introduction to Theatrical Design4
THTR 2325From Script to Stage4
Making Theatre
THTR 1100Production Experience 11
THTR 2000Production Experience 21
THTR 4702Capstone Rehearsal and Performance4
Major Elective
Complete one of the following:4
Classics of Global Theatre
Rebels of Modern Drama
Classics of 20th-Century American Drama
Theatre and Society
Intermediate/Advanced Electives
Complete two of the following:8
Classics of Global Theatre
History of Musical Theatre
Rebels of Modern Drama
Classics of 20th-Century American Drama
Theatre and Society
Acting 2
Acting for the Camera
Classics of Global Theatre
Lighting Design
Costume Design
Scenic Design
Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Women in Theatre
Voice and Speech for the Actor
Creative Storytelling for Social Engagement
Queer Theatre and Performance
Designing Combat for the Stage
Acting 3—Playing Shakespeare
Directing for the Stage
Musical Theatre Performance 2

Interaction Design Requirements

Art + Design at Northeastern
ARTF 1000Art and Design at Northeastern1
Art + Design Fundamentals
ARTF 1122Color and Composition4
ARTF 2223Experience and Interaction4
ARTG 1250Design Process Context and Systems4
ARTG 2250
and ARTG 2251
Typography 1
and Type Tools
ARTG 2260Programming Basics4
ARTG 2400
and ARTG 2401
Interaction Design 1: Responsive
and Interaction Design Tools
ARTG 3350Typography 24
ARTG 3451Information Design 14
ARTG 3700Interaction Design 2: Mobile4
Design Project
ARTG 4550Design Degree Project 14
Major Electives
Art + Design History
Complete two of the following:8
Global Art and Design History: Renaissance to Modern
Modern Art and Design History
History of Graphic Design
Art + Design Elective
Complete one of the following:4
Introduction to Photography
Video Basics
Observational Drawing
Conceptual Drawing
Form and Structure
and Form and Structure Tools
Movement and Time
Graphic Design 1
Physical Computing
Identity and Brand Design
Time-Based Design
Information Design 2
Environmental Information Design
Typography 3

Integrative Requirement

Note: ARTG 4550 double counts with the specified requirements above.
ARTG 4550Design Degree Project 14
THTR 4702Capstone Rehearsal and Performance4

Theatre and Interaction Design Combined Major Credit Requirement

Complete 96 semester hours in the major.

Program Requirement

128 total semester hours required

Sample Four Years, Two Co-ops

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
THTR 1000 or ARTF 10001THTR 11014Elective4Elective4
THTR 11204THTR 11314Elective4Elective4
ENGW 11114ARTF 2223 (with optional ARTF 2224)4  
ARTF 1122 (with optiional ARTF 1123)4ARTG 2250 (with optional ARTG 2251)4  
ARTG 12504   
 17 16 8 8
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
EEAM 20001Co-op 1Co-op 1Elective4
Art + design history elective 14  Elective4
THTR 20001   
THTR 12704   
ARTG 22604   
THTR 23254   
 18 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ARTG 2400 (with optional ARTG 2401)4Co-op 2Co-op 2Elective4
ARTG 33504  Elective4
Art + design elective 14   
THTR elective4   
 16 0 0 8
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Art + design history elective 24THTR 47024VacationVacation0
THTR elective4THTR advanced technique4  
ARTG 37004ARTG 34514  
ARTG 4550 or 47004Elective4  
THTR 41001   
 17 16 0 0
Total Hours: 132