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. We provide broad understanding of the principles and systems of perception, action and communication.

Graphic design makes messages and meaning using visual form and the integration of text and image. It often has a persuasive intention and uses rules of visual composition, form and pattern to enable storytelling or create attention and an ambience for consideration. Information design focuses on visualizing concepts and data to enhance human understanding of complex and vital knowledge.


Freshman Year Fall

Freshman Year Spring

Sophomore Year Fall

Sophomore Year Spring

Middler Year

Junior Year

  • Co-op (6 months)
  • Design Elective
  • Art + Design Elective
  • NU Core
  • Open Elective

Senior Year Fall

Senior Year Spring

Art + Design Elective

Complete one from the following list or one additional elective not previously taken.

Design Electives 

Complete four courses from the following list:

Design History Elective

Complete one of the following two courses:

 Media Arts Elective 

Complete one course with corresponding tools course, as  indicated, from the following list:



For students who declare this major Fall 2013 onward.

To declare a major that is housed in the College of Arts, Media and Design (CAMD), come to Academic Advising and Cooperative Education (AACE) office at 100 Meserve Hall to meet with an Academic Advisor and submit your Program of Study Petition.

Co-op Divisions are YA and ZA.