Northeastern’s MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts educates socially-engaged artists for a lifetime of creative, critical, and effective work in the public sphere.
Uniquely positioned at the intersection of architecture, visual art, music, media and screen studies, and the expanded field of design, the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts fuses mentored studio work with independent creative research. Over the course of two years, students participate in critical discourse while engaging collaboratively with contemporary practices of art in the context of public experience. With an emphasis on the Arts of Engagement, the program attracts an international cohort of experienced creative practitioners who address cultural, social, and environmental concerns through creative work. From video to virtual museum, from new media to performance art, from image-making to experimental sound, students employ diverse strategies to define and refine their practice.
Students in the Interdisciplinary Arts program pursue creative work in the context of a major urban research university with the capacity to build robust research collaborations both across the globe and in the neighborhood. A field-based summer residency or graduate co-op work experience is available, supported by an online course offered by Northeastern faculty. All students participate in a thesis exhibition during their final semester.
- Students participate in a thesis exhibition during their final semester.
- Optional field-based summer residency or graduate co-op work experience is available.
- Partnerships with premiere institutions and artist-run initiatives provide experiential learning opportunities in a global context.
Priority deadline for scholarship consideration: February 1
Deadline for international applicants: May 1
Deadline for domestic applicants: August 1
Spring: Please contact the program coordinator for details regarding the modified course sequence for students enrolling in the spring.
Deadline for international applicants: October 1
Deadline for domestic applicants: November 1
- Application form
- Application fee
- Transcripts for all institutions attended
- TOEFL or IELTS exam scores for international students
- Three letters of recommendation
- Personal statement
- Portfolio via Slideroom
- Learn more about our admissions process from the College of Arts, Media and Design
Seminars Required Courses
Enrollment in a section of each course is required each term. The format of the course is critique-seminar.
In consultation with faculty advisor, complete four courses from the following:
Art History Electives
Complete three courses from the following:
Research, Thesis, and Exhibition
In consultation with faculty advisor, complete one course from the following:
Complete one from the following:
Thesis and Exhibition
Northeastern's signature experiential learning model combines academics with professional practice to help students acquire relevant, real-world skills they can apply to their desired industry. Each program offers its own unique experiential learning opportunities, but they might include:
- Full-Time Co-op Opportunities — Students on co-op work in a paid position in their field of study for three to six months.
- In-Class Case Studies — Professors integrate case studies and exercises into the classroom to bring a real-world perspective and relevance to what they’re teaching.
- Research — Students collaborate with faculty in our more than 30 federally funded research centers, tackling some of the most pressing challenges in health, security, and sustainability.
Our faculty represents a wide cross-section of professional practices and in fields ranging from finance to education to biomedical science to management to the U.S. military. They serve as mentors and advisors, and collaborate alongside students to solve the most pressing global challenges facing established and emerging markets.
By enrolling in Northeastern, you gain access to a network of more than 230,000 alumni and 3,000 employer partners, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and global NGOs. Our current students and faculty across strategically located regional campuses further foster that lifelong global community of learning and mentoring.