Through intensive skill building and guided studio and collaborative projects, students will develop processes and approaches applicable to various forms of making within the field of interactive/digital media. Coursework focuses on the integration of digital media and design through aesthetics, usability and creativity. Required courses cover skills in web programming, design for interaction, UX/UI design, new and alternative media, machine language, computer vision, digital fabrication and physical computing. Students will have opportunities to design and fabricate cross-disciplinary products while embracing an interdisciplinary approach to making through various languages, processes and terminologies in a variety of disciplines. 

Admission Requirements:

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Successful completion of ART 234: Digital Foundations with a minimum grade of C
  • Successful completion of ART 280: Art + Tech I with a minimum grade of C

University Core Curriculum Requirements

General Education Distribution Area Cr. Hrs.
Fine Arts (FA)*
2 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study: Art, CMT (Mass Media or Theatre), Music (includes Dance).
Humanities (HU)*
3 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study: CMT (Communication), English, Linguistics. Philosophy, Women's and Gender Studies, World Languages and Cultures, (Note: No more than two foreign language courses may be used to fulfill this requirement.)

Behavioral/Social Sciences (SB)*

3 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study: African & African American Studies, Anthropology, Computer Science, Economics, Geography & Environmental Studies, History, Justice Studies, Latino & Latin American Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work


Natural Sciences (NS and NSL)**

3 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study; one course must have a laboratory component (NSL): Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Physics (Note: If an FYE ANTH that counts as Natural Science is taken, only one Biology course may be used for Natural Science).


Engaged Learning Experiences  

Students must complete, at Northeastern, three courses designated as Engaged Learning Experiences courses. One of the Engaged Learning Experiences courses must be at the 300-level, and one Engaged Learning Experiences course must be designated as "Boundary Crossing".


Discipline Specific (ELE-DS)

These courses have pre-requisites that are specific courses within a program of study. Discipline Specific courses give students a deeper understanding of how knowledge is created and applied in their field.


Boundary Crossing (ELE-X)

These are courses that cross disciplinary boundaries and/or cross boundaries through engagements outside the classroom or University allowing students to see how knowledge gained in one field might inform other fields or other aspects of society.


Math/Quantitative Reasoning (MA)

1 Math course, that has intermediate Algebra as prerequisite OR is a course listed on the General Education Distributive Learning List of Approved Courses. Any 3 hour college level math course, beyond Intermediate Algebra, meets this requirement.


Students should also be aware of all other university requirements to obtain a degree - NEIU requirements

Minor In Interaction Design

In order to sign up for the Minor in Interaction Design, students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher and complete the requirements below with a minimum grade of C.  

Required Coursework for Admission to the Program
ART-234Digital Foundations3
ART-280Art + Tech I3

Once admitted to the Minor in Interaction Design program, students complete 21 hours of the following required courses (the courses completed for program admission requirements are included in this list):  

Minor in Interaction Design Requirements
ART-234Digital Foundations3
ART-280Art + Tech I3
ART-281Graphic Design I3
ART-379Interactive Arts: Web I3
ART-380Interactive Arts: Web II3
ART-386Interactive Arts: Form & Motion3
Total Hours21