The MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Northeastern


Our program emphasizes the arts of social engagement, broadly conceived. Positioned at the intersection of the visual arts, architecture, music, visual and media studies, and the expanded field of design, students enjoy the resources and faculty of a world-class university located in Boston, a globally renowned center for academic life.

This website is our digital community, hosting updates on our activities, students, faculty, curriculum, and events. The official website of the graduate program, with information for applicants, is located here.

Interdisciplinary Arts is unique in welcoming applicants from wide range of undergraduate majors and professional backgrounds. Explore this website to see if we’re the right place for you to pursue your creative work, and please do not hesitate to contact us with questions about how to apply.

Sarah Kanouse
Associate Professor and Program Head




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Recent and Upcoming Events

2018 MFA Thesis Exhibition

The first cohort of students in the MFA in Interdisciplinary art will show their thesis works in a group exhibition June 21-July 9 in Northeastern University’s Gallery 360. The works are the result of an intensive, year-long project development process blending research and creative practice, with ambitious results.

MFA Annual Program Exhibition at Proof Gallery

Unreal places can be unreal in very different ways, for example the world of the dead, the world of dreams, parallel universes. Similarly the worlds we create through artworks that vary in aesthetics, form, and meaning. Thresholds is an exhibition of six artists in the Interdisciplinary Arts MFA program who each provide a unique entryway into their particular world.

March 29: Do It Big

"Do It Big" is a panel discussion featuring curators working in significant arts institutions in Boston: the ICA, SMFA at Tufts University, and the Northeastern Center for the Arts. The conversation will focus on understanding the different mission and goals of these institutions, the roles they play in a city's creative community, and the ways that they work with artists at different points in their careers. 
Julia Hechman artwork "Substitute"

Faculty News

Gloria Sutton in conversation with Anna Craycroft

Associate Professor Gloria Sutton responds to the world premiere of Anna Craycroft's new stop-motion animation film, which the artist constructed by shooting new footage weekly in her exhibition “Motion into Being.”

Julia Hechtman Awarded Fulbright Fellowship

Interdisciplinary Arts faculty member Julia Hechtman has been selected for a Fulbright award to Iceland. With her award, Hechtman will research how a location’s physical landscape influences human identity and teach classes at the Iceland Academy of the Arts.

Sarah Kanouse at the Taft-Nicholson Center

Interdisciplinary Art MFA program head Sarah Kanouse will be artist-in-residence at the Taft-Nicholson Center for Environmental Humanities in July 2018. During the residency, she will complete script development and work on media production for her solo performance...