CAMD’s Creative Leaders Program began in fall 2012. Students in this program are in the forefront of CAMD’s innovative activities and reflect the creative spirit in the college. Creative Leaders are cultural ambassadors–to their peers, prospective students, and other constituencies in the larger Northeastern community.

Participating in the CAMD Creative Leaders Program entitles students to a range of unique and distinct opportunities. During their time at CAMD, Creative Leaders have access to special academic and creative experiences, including:

  • Mentoring from industry leaders, visiting artists and distinguished alumni
  • Behind-the-scenes and hands-on opportunities with exciting college events and programming
  • Special meetings with the Dean of the College of Arts, Media and Design
  • Development of a special entrepreneurial project
  • Assistance with locating and procuring equipment to fuel creative ideas
  • Assistance with securing funding and other resources to support creative projects
  • Eligibility to earn the distinction of Creative Leader Honors upon graduation

As one would expect of a distinctive program like Creative Leaders, participation in the program also entails some important responsibilities. These enable the program to foster the development of leaders in the arts, media and design fields and provide students with an opportunity to display their creative talents.

Students in the Creative Leaders Program are expected to attend a series of monthly meetings throughout the academic year. These are currently slated from 5:00 to 6:00 pm on the third Tuesday of each month in September, October, November, January, February and March. The Dean of the College will join the meetings in September and January. The remaining meetings will either be run autonomously by the students, or may include the College’s Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs and the Director of Undergraduate Advising.

Creative leaders are also expected to attend at least two of the arranged mentoring events throughout each year, which typically coincide with events hosted through CAMD’s Center for the Arts.

Finally, students in this program are required to coordinate the production of the College’s Student Showcase of creative work. This involves planning the event, generating publicity and marketing materials and news articles, selecting the students to be featured, stage managing, filming, and at least once during their time at Northeastern, presenting their creative work in the showcase!

You can also download the print version of the Creative Leaders Program description and requirements.

Students applying for freshman admission to Northeastern University
Applicants to a College of Arts, Media and Design major are welcome to submit a portfolio of their work during the admission process. Typically, a portfolio is submitted under an applicant’s intended field of study, however applicants should submit their portfolio to whichever field is relative to their current body of work. Applicants are limited to one portfolio submission, additional submissions will not be reviewed. Every student who submits a portfolio will be automatically considered for the Creative Leaders program. If students are not selected upon admittance, they are still able to apply to the program, starting in the first semester as a Northeastern student

Students applying for transfer admission to Northeastern University
Applicants to a College of Arts, Media and Design major may apply for the Creative Leaders program as early as their first semester at Northeastern and will follow the process for current students.

Current Students applying to join the Creative Leaders program
College of Arts, Media and Design majors interested in joining the Creative Leaders program must submit a letter of recommendation from a faculty member in your major or area of creative interest who can speak to your creative capabilities, in addition to all of the portfolio requirements specified below.  Portfolio applications are due by the 4th Friday of October, 2nd Friday of February or the 4th Friday of June each year and must be submitted to Adam Smith.

All portfolios must include:

  • A personal statement that provides a narrative of your experiences and capabilities as related to your area of creativity as well as address how you exemplify the entrepreneurial spirit of a Creative Leader. 500 to 700 words
  • The criteria specified below with each piece including a title and description.

Architecture and Landscape Architecture
Portfolios should demonstrate talent in visual, spatial, or organizational representation of the built environment through drawing, photography, digital graphics, drafting, modeling, or artwork.

Provide 1-5 items: Images (up to 5 MB each), Video (up to 60 MB each) and PDFs (up to 10 MB each). You may also link to media from YouTube and Vimeo.

Communication Studies
A portfolio for Communication Studies could include evidence of excellence in forensics, participation in political or organization campaigns, or experience in audio or visual production.

  • Forensics: Provide a list of achievements and awards
  • Participation in a political or organizational campaign: Provide a narrative of your participation or letters of recommendation from members of the campaign.
  • Production: Submit creative work that demonstrates experience with and excellence in radio or television production.

Provide 1-5 items: Video (up to 60 MB each), Audio (up to 30 MB each) and PDFs (up to 10 MB each). You may also link to media from YouTube, Vimeo and SoundCloud

Journalism
A portfolio could include prior experience and expertise with editing and writing for traditional or online newspapers/publications or experience with broadcast or multimedia journalism. Depending on your area of interest, please submit the requested number of samples from one of the categories below.

  • Print: 3-5 print articles: can be reviews, reportage, opinion pieces
  • Video: 2-3 stories shot and/or reported by the candidate
  • Photos: 5-6 photos and/or a published photo essay
  • Layout/design: 2-3 pages

Images (up to 5 MB each), Video (up to 60 MB each) and PDFs (up to 10 MB each). You may also link to media from YouTube and Vimeo

Media and Screen Studies
 A portfolio should include 1-3 of the following depending on your area of interest:

  • A fiction film at least 5 minutes in length which demonstrates experience with and excellence in film production
  • A completed screenplay at least 30 pages in length
  • A documentary film at least 15 minutes in length, which demonstrates experience with producing and directing documentaries

Provide 1-3 items. Video (up to 120 MB each) and PDFs (up to 20 MB each). You may also link to media from YouTube and Vimeo

Music Composition and Technology (portfolio required for admission to Northeastern)
Follow the Music Technology Portfolio requirements on the Admissions web page.
You can visit music technology’s website for additional information.

Provide 3 items. Video (up to 120 MB each), Audio (up to 60 MB each) and PDFs (up to 20 MB each). You may also link to media from YouTube, Vimeo and SoundCloud

Music Industry
An applicant may consider a portfolio submission that includes original songs or arrangements, evidence of strong performance and/or studio work, evidence of potential in the business of music including materials related to concert promotion, concerts or related events organized, touring or tour management, artist management, entrepreneurship, or evidence of music journalism. In addition, a student may choose to provide evidence of on-line acumen, web site design, web promotion, etc.

Provide 3-5 items. Images (up to 10 MB each), Video (up to 120 MB each), Audio (up to 60 MB each) and PDFs (up to 20 MB each). You may also link to media from YouTube, Vimeo and SoundCloud

Theatre
Portfolios should demonstrate talent and experience with performance in professional or school theatre, technical production, or playwriting.

  • Performance: Be sure to accompany your submission with a note including your name and the selections you will be presenting – the play, its author and the character(s) you are playing
    • Two contrasting scenes or monologues and, if you wish, 16 bars of a song.
    • Your selections should be no longer than a total of 2 minutes in length combined, not each, and should be of good technical quality with adequate light and good sound.
    • The camera should provide us with a good view of how you use your body to create character(s).
  • Production (Design/Technology/Stage Management):
    • Accompany your submitted video with your name and the name and author of the plays that represent your work.
    • Designers/technicians should provide a broad range of examples of their creative and artistic work.  These might include actual theatre designs and renderings, working drawings, props, puppets and costumes.  Additional submissions might include other artistic work such as photography, graphic design, video and audio design, sketches and fashion design or construction.
    • Stage Managers should include a few samples pages from a prompt script.
  • Playwriting: Please submit a writing sample.
    • Accompany your submitted material with your name and the titles of your submissions.
    • Please submit a short, one-act play and/or a character monologue.

Provide Resume and 1-5 items. Images (up to 10 MB each), Video (up to 120 MB each), Audio (up to 60 MB each) and PDFs (up to 20 MB each). You may also link to media from YouTube, Vimeo and SoundCloud

 

***All portfolios below require “title,” “medium,” “size,” and “description” for each piece submitted and do not require an inventory list as one of the submissions.

Art, Media Arts or Design***
Students with portfolios that include a variety of media across Art, Media Arts and Design should submit work according to the following.

Portfolios may include work in a variety of media: no particular subject matter or style is required. Portfolios are evaluated for breadth of creative potential. You should select work that best shows your personal style, skills, creativity and commitment to innovation.

Provide 15-20 items and an Artist Statement
Images (up to 10 MB each), Video (up to 120 MB each) and PDFs (up to 20 MB each). You may also link to media from YouTube and Vimeo.

Art***
The BA in art is a studio-based program that offers broad exploration and balances studio courses in drawing/painting and digital media with art history and visual studies.

Students interested in pursing the BA in Art and/or with portfolios primarily consisting of traditional media should submit their work here. Portfolios should include images of original work created by you. They may include work in a variety of media, although traditional media and observational pieces are encouraged. Portfolios are evaluated for breadth of creative potential. You should select work that best shows your personal style and skill.

Provide 15-20 items and Artist Statement
Images (up to 10 MB each), Video (up to 120 MB each) and PDFs (up to 20 MB each). You may also link to media from YouTube and Vimeo.

Studio Art (portfolio required for admission to Northeastern)***
The BFA in Studio Art is offered in partnership with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA). In this major, studio art classes are taken at the SMFA, which permits you to explore a wide range of artistic media; including ceramics, drawing, film, glasswork, metal smith, painting, performance, print and paper, sculpture, and sound in their extensive studio environments. Art + Design history courses, as well as electives are taken at Northeastern.

 Students who identified the Studio Art on their application are required to submit a portfolio of 15-20 images of original work created by you. Your portfolio may include work in a variety of media: no particular subject matter or style is required. Portfolios are evaluated for breadth of creative potential. You should select work that best shows your personal style, skills, creativity and conceptual development.

Provide 15-20 items and Artist Statement
Images (up to 10 MB each), Video (up to 120 MB each) and PDFs (up to 20 MB each). You may also link to media from YouTube and Vimeo.

Design***
Design encompasses the design practices of graphic and information design, interaction design and experience design.

Students interested in pursing Design and/or with portfolios consisting primarily of design work including, but not limited to graphic design, typography and web design should submit a portfolio to Design. Portfolios should include images of original work created by you and are evaluated for breadth of creative potential. You should select work that best shows your personal style and skill.

Provide 15-20 items and Artist Statement
Images (up to 10 MB each), Video (up to 120 MB each) and PDFs (up to 20 MB each). You may also link to media from YouTube and Vimeo.

Media Arts***
The Media Arts field is for artists who create experiences of image and form with computer screens, intelligent devices and new materials. It includes the media practices of animation, photography, and video.

Students interested in pursuing Media Arts and/or with portfolios primarily consisting of digital media including, but limited to, photography, animation and video should submit a portfolio to Media Arts. Portfolios should include images of original work created by you and are evaluated for breadth of creative potential. You should select work that best shows your personal style and skill.

Provide 15-20 items and Artist Statement
Images (up to 10 MB each), Video (up to 120 MB each) and PDFs (up to 20 MB each). You may also link to media from YouTube and Vimeo.