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School of Art and Design

Applications accepted for fall only.        NYSED: 00760      HEGIS 5012

The major in Communication Design 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 2015. 

Semester 1Credits
MAJOR AREACD 115 - Design Studio I3
CD 124 - Digital Graphics I2
CD 134 - Capturing Creativity2
CD 173 - Typography I2
RELATED AREAchoice - see Related Area Elective**1.5
GENERAL EDUCATION/ART HISTORYEN 121 - English Composition3
choice - see Requirements*3
Semester 2
MAJOR AREACD 215 - Design Studio II3
CD 224 - Bitmap Imagery2
CD 232 - Visual Language2
CD 234 - Color Studies2
CD 273 - Typography II2
GENERAL EDUCATION/ART HISTORYchoice - see Requirements*6
Semester 3
MAJOR AREACD 225 - Digital Graphics III2
CD 235 - Design History3
RELATED AREAAD 216 - Foundation in Advertising Design2
DE 216 - Foundation in Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design2
GD 216 - Foundation in Graphic Design2
PK 216 - Foundation in Packaging Design2
GENERAL EDUCATION/ART HISTORYchoice - see Requirements*6
Semester 4
MAJOR AREACD 217 - Capstone Design Studio3
RELATED AREAGD 244 - Introduction to Web Design2
choice - see Related Area Elective(s)**3.5-4
GENERAL EDUCATION/ART HISTORYchoice - see Requirements*6
ELECTIVE(S)choice - General Elective(s)1.5-3
TOTAL CREDIT REQUIREMENTS
GENERAL EDUCATION/ART HISTORY24
ELECTIVE(S)1.5-3
MAJOR AREA28
RELATED AREA15-15.5
 Total Credits: 68.5-70.5
 

*Fall 2015 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 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 along 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. 

See list of Gen Ed approved courses under FIT's General Education Requirements and Courses.  An FIT Gen Ed course cannot be used to meet more than one General Education area.                                   

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.                          

**Related Area Electives: 5 - 5.5 credits
CHOICE of one in Semester 1: FA 103141, or 171 (1.5 credits).
CHOICE of two in Semester 4: AD 364, CD 113, GD 202, PH 118, or PK 212 (3.5 - 4 credits).

Evening/Weekend Option:
A six-semester evening/weekend option is available for this degree program (see Curricula 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.

School of Art and Design

Applications accepted for fall only.        NYSED: 00760      HEGIS 5012

The major in Communication Design 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 2015. 

Semester 1Credits
MAJOR AREACD 115 - Design Studio I3
CD 173 - Typography I2
CD 124 - Digital Graphics I2
CD 134 - Capturing Creativity2
GENERAL EDUCATIONEN 121 - English Composition3
Semester 2
MAJOR AREACD 215 - Design Studio II3
CD 224 - Bitmap Imagery2
CD 234 - Color Studies2
CD 235 - Design History3
GENERAL EDUCATIONchoice see Requirements*3
Semester 3
MAJOR AREACD 225 - Digital Graphics III2
CD 232 - Visual Language2
CD 273 - Typography II2
GENERAL EDUCATIONchoice see Requirements*6
Semester 4
RELATED AREAAD 216 - Foundation in Advertising Design2
DE 216 - Foundation in Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design2
GD 216 - Foundation in Graphic Design2
PK 216 - Foundation in Packaging Design2
choice see FA selectives**1.5
GENERAL EDUCATIONchoice see Requirements*3
Semester 5
RELATED AREAGD 244 - Introduction to Web Design2
choice see Related Area Electives**3.5-4
ELECTIVEchoice Elective1.5-3
GENERAL EDUCATIONSS 131 - General Psychology3
Semester 6
MAJOR AREACD 217 - Capstone Design Studio3
GENERAL EDUCATIONchoice see Requirements*6
TOTAL CREDIT REQUIREMENTS
GENERAL EDUCATION24
MAJOR AREA28
RELATED AREA15-15.5
ELECTIVE1.5-3
 Total Credits: 68.5-70.5

*Fall 2015 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 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 along 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. 

See list of Gen Ed approved courses under FIT's General Education Requirements and Courses.  An FIT Gen Ed course cannot be used to meet more than one General Education area.                                   

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.                          

**Related Area Electives: 5 - 5.5 credits
CHOICE of one in Semester 1: FA 103141, or 171 (1.5 credits).
CHOICE of two in Semester 4: AD 364CD 113GD 202PH 118, or PK 212 (3.5 - 4 credits).

Upper Division Alternatives:

Graduates of this program are eligible to apply for admission to the Bachelor of Fine Arts programs in Advertising DesignGraphic DesignPackaging DesignVisual Presentation and Exhibition DesignComputer 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.