Department of Art + Design College of Arts, Media and Design Northeastern University

Department of Art + Design College of Arts, Media and Design Northeastern University


Northeastern's Department of Art and Design

The Master of Fine Arts in Information Design and Visualization is a two-year interdisciplinary graduate program focused on the analytical and visual communication of information.

The Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art in conjunction with School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston offers a rigorous and highly selective, two-year MFA degree program that will prepare you for a career as a working artist or a teacher at the college level.

More information is available regarding graduate applications and graduate studies at Northeastern University.

MFA in Information Design and Visualization

Students in Northeastern's Department of Art and Design gain an understanding of the principles of translating data and information into visual, physical and virtual forms. They learn to integrate theoretical, visual and technical aspects of structuring and representing data to offer diverse audiences increased access to socially relevant issues. The curriculum is built upon an established undergraduate program in graphic, information and interaction design. Participants have the unique advantage of study at a major research university known for interdisciplinary collaboration that is situated in Boston, a global center for biotech, financial, public policy, education, technological, scientific and social science applications of information design and data visualization.

The program seeks applicants from diverse fields of study -- not just visual communications -- who are interested in information visualization and communication of information through visual and analytical means. Practicing professionals and recent undergraduates in a variety of fields (architecture, graphic design, journalism, communications, business, the humanities and sciences) who desire a fluency in information design should apply.

Graduates will be professional information designers able to collaborate effectively in this dynamic and burgeoning field of practice and research. They will be prepared to work in design firms, research firms, corporations and institutions and government and urban agencies. The program intends to produce professionals skilled in design principles and practices needed to assume leadership roles in an evolving interdisciplinary field. Students will also be well positioned to pursue PhDs and academic careers.

MFA in Studio Art

Students in Northeastern's Department of Art and Design find a lively and challenging combination of studio courses and historical studies that are supported by the university's cross-disciplinary approach to education.

At the graduate level, the department offers a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in Studio Art in conjunction with Boston's School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA). The SMFA is part of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, one of the world's most comprehensive art museums with a collection of nearly 450,000 works, and is located adjacent to Northeastern's campus. The SMFA is one of the most distinguished art schools in the United States.

The professional two-year MFA degree program is both rigorous and highly-selective, and it prepares students for careers as working artists and in academia (note that the MFA is considered a terminal degree in its field).

The MFA curriculum consists of 44 semester hours of studio work, graduate seminars at the SMFA, and 16 hours of art history and academic electives (typically four courses) at Northeastern University, as well as thesis exhibitions. Each student is allotted semi-private studio space and access to the SMFA's faculty and equipment.

Location & Contact

Contact Info
Department of Art + Design
College of Arts, Media and Design
Northeastern University 

360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115-5096
United States

For general graduate admissions questions please contact Graduate Admissions at

For specific program questions contact our Graduate Program Coordinator, Professor Thomas Starr at

Degrees & Award

Programs Offered:
Offers Studio Art (MFA).
Degree Requirements:
For Master&Apos;S, Thesis Exhibition.


Entrance Requirements:
Additional Exam Requirements/Recommendations For International Students: Required&Mdash;TOEFL.
Application Deadline: For Fall Admission, 1/15 For Domestic And International Students.
Application Fee - Domestic $75
Application Fee - International $75
Electronic applications accepted? Yes
Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes


16 Full-Time (10 Women), 18 Part-Time/Adjunct (10 Women).

Financial Aid

Financial Aid:
In 2011&Ndash;12, 1 Fellowship (Averaging $17,040 Per Year) Was Awarded; Federal Work-Study And Tuition Waivers (Partial) Also Available. Financial Award Application Deadline: 2/1; Financial Award Applicants Required To Submit FAFSA.

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