The continuing revolution in digital computing and global communications has produced a rapidly evolving field for artists who create experiences of image and form with computer screens, intelligent devices and new materials; who also invent tools for exploring, creating, and distributing their ideas and works. We offer concentrations in media practices of animation, photography, and video, with more variations yet to be invented by you.

Courses in imaginative and narrative arts, required for professional work in documentary films, game art and promotion, visualization, motion graphics, interactive art, illustration and short animated film, are offered. An intensive studio program, this curriculum seeks to provide you with knowledge, experience and techniques of media arts informed by theory, experimentation and critique. Extensive digital imaging and interactive media editing and production facilities afford you the opportunity to become highly proficient in the current skills and emerging practices necessary for remarkable work. The media arts are evolving and expanding their reach into culture and society in daily life and global experience. The revolutions in 3D printing, embedded devices and robotics are changing the landscape in which the media artist will operate. This degree prepares you to meet the challenges of continuous change with adaptive ingenuity.

This major is offered as BFA in Media Arts without a concentration, BFA in Media Arts with concentration in Animation, BFA in Media Arts with concentration in Photography and BFA in Media Arts with concentration in Video Art.

Co-op division is ZA.

Faculty Mentor:  Andrea, 617.373.5625

CAMD Advising strongly recommends that you start the process by meeting with a faculty mentor  in your new major to talk about your interests and goals for the major to make sure it’s the right choice for you.   Once you’re ready to make the change, then it’s time to schedule an appointment with your new Academic Advisor to make the change official and start planning for your next semester and beyond.


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

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

Senior Year Fall

Senior Year Spring

 Drawing Fundamentals Electives

Media Arts Basics and Tools Elective 

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

Media Arts History Elective

Complete one of the following courses:

Photography Elective 

Complete one of the following courses:

Complete two Art + Design Elective with corresponding tools courses, as indicated or any Drawing Fundamentals Elective, Media Arts History Elective, Media Arts Basics Elective or Photography Elective not previously taken:

Art + Design Electives


Ana Gabriela Ochoa Hurtado, AMD'17

Ana Gabriela Ochoa Hurtado, AMD’17

David Yubi Hoffman, AMD'06

David Yubi Hoffman, AMD’06

Isabel Mendez, AMD'17

Isabel Mendez, AMD’17

Lauren Penizotto, AMD'13

Lauren Penizotto, AMD’13

Mana Sakaguchi, AMD'07

Mana Sakaguchi, AMD’07

Rafael Feliciano, SSH'12

Rafael Feliciano, SSH’12

Department of Art + Design’s new offering for this program is BFA in Media Arts with concentraiton in Photography.

Jackie Keffas, AMD’16 was always interested in art – specifically video art. In high school, she did mostly drawing and painting, and toward the end of high school she got her foot in the door for the world of photography. Once Jackie came to Northeastern University, she broke into video. Now, as a fourth-year digital art major with a film minor and a photography concentration, she’s fully immersed herself in that world.

When she took the Photography II course, one project required her to look an artist that inspired her, follow the chain of inspiration back three generations, and create a piece based on those discoveries.

Jackie immediately went to Wes Anderson, inspired by Stanley Kubrick, and finally, an inspiration of his, the classical filmmaker Max Ophüls. Working off their hallmark compositional layout, Jackie created a colorful still-life piece with fruit and symmetrical patterns that was uniquely her style. Rather than creating something that “those artists would have done,” Jackie had her own interpretation of their influences on each other, and used their inspiration to create an original piece of her own.

She completed her Co-op at the D’Amore-McKim School of Business, doing video production for their marketing department. Her previous co-ops include Pretty Instant, an event photo app that sends pictures to the customers’ phones, instantly. She still has an affinity for photography, and plans on staying in the video production field.

When asked what drew her to the field, Jackie said, “What I like about video production is the cinematography part of it, so that combines the photography stuff I’ve been doing with my interest in video production.”

She still works part-time at Pretty Instant, and looks forward to the marriage of photo and video for a career in the future.

When asked what advice she would give to incoming College of Arts, Media and Design students, she replied, “There’s a lot of flexibility with the College of Arts, Media and Design. You can kind of do whatever you want with it. I found it’s really easy to fit in a minor…we have a different structure with our curriculum, so there’s a lot of room to do other things.”

View the Photography II project and Jackie’s portfolio online.

By Nick Marini