Mission

The mission of the Communications Design Department is to prepare undergraduate students to become socially and environmentally aware leaders in the field of visual communications. Focusing on development and mastery of conceptual and technical skills in Graphic Design, Illustration, and Advertising as well as studio electives, cross-disciplinary opportunities, and collaborative experiences prepares students for the convergence of the design fields and for positions as creative directors and illustrators across a broad spectrum of increasingly media-based careers.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program:

  • Communications Design (ComD) majors will be knowledgeable and competent as well as facile in Illustration, Graphic Design, and Advertising and will be able to produce a focused body of work reflecting the successful and inspired integration of these disciplines.
  • ComD students will be able to give form to content through a variety of design, concept, and image-based explorations while developing and strengthening their creative processes, resulting in a deep and unique presentation of their work that will be assessed at each semester’s end.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and ability to express their design solutions across a wide range of media platforms, and to pursue entrepreneurial endeavors, should they be so inclined.
  • Students will be able to produce a professional portfolio for entry into the Communications Design field and will possess the knowledge and skill to make a contribution to the industry, the community and the world.
  • Through transdisciplinary opportunities, electives and internships, ComD students will be able to work collaboratively with professionalism, confidence, and skill.

BFA Communications Design (Graphic Design Emphasis) | BFA Communications Design (Illustration Emphasis) | BFA Communications Design (Adv/Art Dir Emphasis)

Curriculum

Requirements for BFA ComD (Graphic Design), 2013

  • Semester 1

    Complete these courses.

    FDC-143 Drawing I: Figure and General

    FDC-157 Materials and Three Dimemsional Form

    FDC-163 Light/Color/Design I

    FDC-180 4-D Design I

    HA-115 Survey of Art I

    HMS-101A Introduction to Literary and Critical Studies


  • Semester 2

    Complete these courses.

    FDC-144 Drawing II: Figure and General

    FDC-158 Foundation Design Studio

    FDC-164 Light/Color/Design II

    FDC-181 4-D Design II

    HA-116 Survey of Art II

    HMS-103A Introduction to Literary and Critical Studies


  • Semester 3

    Complete these courses plus 2 studio elective credits.

    COMD-201 Visual Communication I

    COMD-211 Design Procedures I

    COMD-221 Illustration I

    COMD-215 Typographic Design I

    COMD-231 Imaging I

    HA-215 Survey of Art: Nineteenth Century

    COMPLETE 3 CREDITS OF SS/PHIL

  • Semester 4

    Complete these courses plus 2 studio elective credits.

    COMD-202 Visual Communication II

    COMD-212 Design Procedures II

    COMD-222 Illustration II

    COMD-216 Typographic Design II

    COMD-232 Imaging II

    HA-216 Survey of Art: Twentieth Century Art

    COMPLETE 3 CREDITS OF MATH/SCI

  • Semester 5

    Complete these courses plus 4 liberal arts elective credits.

    COMD-315 Graphic Design I

    COMD-313 Typographic Design III

    COMD-317 Advertising I

    COMPLETE 2 CREDITS OF PRINTMAKING
    CH-300 World Civilizations I

    COMPLETE 2 CREDITS OF HISTORY OF ART/DESIGN

  • Semester 6

    Complete these courses plus 6 liberal arts elective credits.

    COMD-316 Graphic Design II

    COMD-314 Typographic Design IV

    COMD-323 Package Design I

    COMPLETE 2 CREDITS OF FILM/VIDEO
    CH-400 World Civilizations II


  • Semester 7

    Complete these courses plus 4 studio elective credits.

    COMPLETE 8 CREDITS OF COMD-401 = SENIOR PROJECT
    COMPLETE 3 CREDITS OF SS/PHIL

  • Semester 8

    Complete these courses plus 4 studio elective credits.

    COMPLETE 8 CREDITS OF COMD-402 = SENIOR PROJECT II
    COMPLETE 3 CREDITS OF MATH/SCI