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. We offer concentrations in the design practices of graphic and information design, interaction design and experience design.

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. Interaction design focuses on the creation of navigable interfaces and systems that allow audiences to achieve meaningful goals, connecting people to people and people to information and environments. Experience design is a holistic systems approach to human and natural environments for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It seeks to improve the various human contexts in which we eat, sleep, travel, work, play, operate, recuperate, cooperate and enjoy life. As intensive studio programs, these curricula balance design history and theory with studio projects in dynamic, static, virtual and actual media. As active participants in the interpretation and production of information and experience, you have the opportunity to integrate many facets of your university liberal arts education.

This major is offered as BFA in Design with concentration in Graphic and Information Design, BFA in Design with concentration in Interaction Design, BFA in Design with concentration in Experience Design.

Course numbers and names are subject to change in future.

Current students are required to refer to their degree audit through myNeu or Northeastern University Undergraduate Catalog for requirements. 

Freshman Year Fall

Freshman Year Spring

Sophomore Year Fall

Sophomore Year Spring

Middler Year

Junior Year

Senior Year Fall

Senior Year Spring

Design Electives

Complete two courses from the following list:

  • ARTG 3351 Time-Based Design
  • ARTG 3352 Interaction Design
  • ARTG 3450 Graphic Design 2
  • ARTG 3460 Identity and Brand Design
  • ARTG 3461 Service Design
  • ARTG 3462 Experience Design 1
  • ARTG 3463 Experience Design 2
  • ARTG 4552 Interactive Information Design
  • ARTG 4553 Environmental Design
  • ARTG 4554 Typography 3
  • IM 3500 Cross-Media Marketing
  • IM 3250 Physical Computing

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:



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.