Degrees Offered: B. F. A. Digital Art, Graphic Design; Combined Majors in Game Design, Interactive Media (type of degree awarded depends on the combination chosen); M. F. A. Studio Art
Tuition Information: Undergraduate $37,840; graduate $27,360 for the 2011 – 2012 school year
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Scope of Program:
Northeastern University offers combined majors under its Creative Industries program. In this program, students may combine digital art, graphic design, interactive media, game design and computer science degrees in a variety of ways. Students may also pursue traditional B. F. A. degrees in Digital Art or Graphic Design. Art students must complete an Art and Design Foundation, which includes courses in art and design history, drawing, color and 2D, 3D and 4D design. Digital Art students concentrate on photography, graphic design, interactive design, photography, animation, still and moving images and digital arts. Students complete a final project. Graphic Design students focus on typography, environmental design, information design, photography, web design and interactive media. Students create a portfolio as a capstone project.
Students in the Creative Industries program earn dual degrees in the combination of their choice; all students must take courses in Creative Industries. Examples of Creative Industries courses include Market Analysis for Creative Industries, Games and Society, Interactive Media and Society and Managing Media Development. Game Design students complete coursework in animation for game design, game architecture, level design, artificial intelligence for games, programming for games and game design algorithms. Interactive Media students take courses in web design and development, digital narratives, interactive sound development and interfaces for mobile and tactile environments. Game Design and Interactive Media students complete a capstone project.
M. F. A. students at Northeastern take four required courses on campus and complete their studio coursework at Boston's School of the Museum of Fine Arts. A thesis exhibition is required.
Northeastern University offers many cooperative learning opportunities for its students. Co-ops are available for Digital Arts and Graphic Design majors. Applicants to the Creative Industries and M. F. A. programs must submit a portfolio; a portfolio is "strongly recommended" for students applying to any art or design major. Scholarships are available; Massachusetts residents are encouraged to apply for state-sponsored scholarships.