School of Art and Design
Applications accepted for fall only. NYSED: 00760 HEGIS 5012
The major in Communication Design Foundation is a foundation program that provides qualified students an opportunity to advance to baccalaureate programs in Advertising Design, Graphic Design, Packaging Design, and Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design, as well as entry-level positions in advertising agencies, graphic and corporate communications firms, and publishing firms. Curriculum below is for the entering class of Fall 2018.
|MAJOR AREA||CD 115 - Design Studio I||3|
|CD 124 - Vector Graphics||2|
|CD 173 - Typography I||2|
|CD 235 - Design History||3|
|ART HISTORY||HA 112 - History of Western Art and Civilization: Renaissance to the Modern Era||3|
|GENERAL EDUCATION||EN 121 - English Composition||3|
|MAJOR AREA||CD 215 - Design Studio II||3|
|CD 224 - Digital Imaging and Narrative||2|
|CD 234 - Color Studies||2|
|CD 273 - Typography II||2|
|ART HISTORY||choice - see Requirements*||3|
|GENERAL EDUCATION||choice - see Requirements/Math*||3|
|MAJOR AREA||CD 225 - Introduction to Digital Layout Design||2|
|RELATED AREA||AD 216 - Foundation in Advertising Design||2|
|DE 216 - Foundation in Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design||2|
|GD 216 - Foundation in Graphic Design||2|
|PK 216 - Foundation in Packaging Design||2|
|GENERAL EDUCATION||choice - see Requirements/Natural Science*||3|
|choice - see Requirements*||3|
|MAJOR AREA||CD 217 - Capstone Design Studio||3|
|CD 232 - Visual Language||2|
|RELATED AREA||CT 244 - Introduction to Web Design||2|
|choice - see Related Area choices**||1.5 - 2|
|GENERAL EDUCATION||choice - see Requirements*||6|
|TOTAL CREDIT REQUIREMENTS|
*Fall 2018 Requirements: see below
FIT's General Education and Art History Requirements for Art and Design Associate Degree Programs:
- Three (3) credits from each required General Education area, totaling 9 credits: G1, G2 and G3
- Six (6) credits from two (2) different areas in non-HA liberal arts courses in G4-G10
- Three (3) credits of any 200- or 300-level English literature or speech course
- Six (6) credits from Art and Design History courses: HA 112 (3 credits, required for all Art and Design majors), plus another 3-credit HA course
FIT's Gen Ed courses are organized into the following categories: G1 Basic Communication; G2 Mathematics; G3 Natural Sciences; G4 Social Sciences; G5 Western Civilization; G6 The Arts; G7 Humanities; G8 Foreign Language; G9 Other World Civilizations; G10 American History.
Note: Students who plan to enroll in the Advertising Design BFA degree program should take SS 131 in the AAS program as part of their Gen Ed courses. Please review your DARS audit to determine if a particular course is required by your major to meet General Education credits.
A six-semester evening/weekend option is available for this degree program (see Curricula Overview or visit the FIT website at fitnyc.edu/evening_weekend). The sequence of courses varies slightly from that listed on this page.
Upper Division Alternatives:
Graduates of this program are eligible to apply for admission to the Bachelor of Fine Arts programs in Advertising Design, Graphic Design, Packaging Design, Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design, Computer Animation and Interactive Media, and Toy Design. By completing certain course requirements, graduates may also apply to the Bachelor of Science program in Advertising and Marketing Communications.
IF YOU ARE A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT
You may apply to the two-year Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree program. On completing that degree, many students choose to apply to FIT's two-year Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program in Advertising Design, Graphic Design, Packaging Design, or Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design.
IF YOU HAVE AN AAS FROM FIT
You may apply to another AAS program. If admitted, you will have to take only major courses, not liberal arts. A one-year AAS is offered for eligible students with an FIT degree.
IF YOU HAVE CREDITS OR A DEGREE FROM ANOTHER COLLEGE
You may apply to the Communication Design AAS program as a transfer student. A one-year AAS is offered for eligible transfer students from accredited colleges. Your credits will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis. See transfer credit evaluation. Applicants to this program are expected to submit a competitive portfolio.