MFA programs: call for applications
Northeastern University
Above: Courtesy Northern University College of Arts, Media and Design.
Above: Courtesy Northern University College of Arts, Media and Design.
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Ave.
02115 Boston, Massachusetts

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[email protected]

Application deadlines
February 1, 2018: priority deadline
May 1: international applicants
August 1: domestic applicants (MFA and MS programs)
August 15: domestic applicants (certificate programs)

The MFA programs at Northeastern University are distinguished by their emphasis on research-driven, interdisciplinary approaches to arts, media, and design.

The MFA in Experience Design adopts a holistic and integrative approach to design that focuses on the quality of the human experience in concrete situations. It employs investigation, analysis, creativity and technology as tools to understand and to mediate between human goals, needs, and desires. People’s experiences and actions, rather than purely technological capability, become the guide for innovation. Experience design moves beyond design thinking to investigate influences, orchestrate interventions, and produce outcomes that demonstrate the relevance of human-centered research and design methods.

The MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts educates emerging artists for a lifetime of creative, critical, and effective work in the public sphere. Drawing on visual and performing art, media studies, and the expanded field of design, our flexible curriculum supports the development of ambitious projects by a diverse, international group of creative practitioners. Northeastern’s longstanding commitment to interdisciplinary inquiry and engaged practice undergirds our program and provides numerous points of entry for cross-campus collaboration.

The MFA in Information Design and Visualization allows individuals from diverse backgrounds to apply data-driven design to socially relevant issues in professional, scientific, and humanities environments. Built on a core of graphic and interaction design, the program emphasizes interdisciplinary collaborative work with researchers, students and faculty to enable the better understanding and design of human and urban experience.

About Northeastern
Located in a major, urban research institution, Northeastern University’s graduate programs draws on the City of Boston’s rich cultural, educational, scientific, and civic resources to offer students unparalleled opportunities to pursue publicly engaged, professional-level projects. Students can also take advantage of Northeastern’s renown cooperative education (co-op) program as part of their degree. Our graduates leave our programs prepared to [blaze their own trail] as creative practitioners in a global context.

Experience Design: Kristian Kloeckl, [email protected]
Interdisciplinary Arts: Sarah Kanouse, [email protected]
Information Design and Data Visualization: Dietmar Offenhuber,  [email protected]

Applications received by February 1 will have priority for fall 2018 admission. Applications received after that date will be reviewed in the order received, space permitting.  Detailed application and portfolio requirements can be found on the CAMD website.


December 8, 2017


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