Communication Design Foundation

http://fitnyc.edu/communicationdesign

Associate Degree Program (AAS)

Applications accepted for fall only. 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, and Packaging Design, as well as entry-level positions in advertising agencies, graphic and corporate communications firms, and publishing firms.

Semester 1Credits
MAJOR AREACD 115 - Design Studio I G63
CD 124 - Digital Graphics I2
CD 134 - Capturing Creativity2
CD 173 - Typography I2
RELATED AREAchoice - see Related Area Elective**1.5
LIBERAL ARTSEN 121 - English Composition G13
choice - see Requirements*3
Semester 2
MAJOR AREACD 215 - Design Studio II3
CD 224 - Digital Graphics II2
CD 232 - Visual Language2
CD 234 - Color Studies2
CD 273 - Typography II2
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - 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
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - see Requirements*6
Semester 4
MAJOR AREACD 217 - Capstone Design Studio3
RELATED AREAGD 244 - Introduction to Web Design2
choice - see Related Area Elective**3.5-4
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - see Requirements*6
ELECTIVEchoice - General Elective1.5-3
TOTAL CREDIT REQUIREMENTS
MAJOR AREA28
RELATED AREA15-15.5
LIBERAL ARTS24
ELECTIVE1.5-3
 Total Credits: 68.5-70.5

 

SUNY General Education Requirements:
A “G” followed by a number 1-10 identifies specific courses that meet SUNY General Education baccalaureate degree requirements (or visit fitnyc.edu/gened).

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.

*Requirements: See below (also see Liberal Arts Requirements).

English/Speech: 6 credits
EN 121 (G1). (Prerequisite: College-level English as demonstrated by placement test OR completion of appropriate Educational Skills courses) or equivalent, and
CHOICE of one 200- or 300-level EN course, except: EN 259, 321, 322, 323, 342, and 366.

History of Art and Civilization: 6 credits
HA 112 (G5), and
CHOICE of HA 111, 121, 221, 223, 224, 225, 226, 231, 311, or 314 (any one of these meets G7).

Mathematics: 3-3.5 credits
Graduation requirement: Arithmetic proficiency as demonstrated by placement test OR completion of appropriate developmental mathematics course(s).
CHOICE of MA 142, 161, 213, 222, 231, or 331 (any one of these meets G2).

Science: 3-5 credits
CHOICE of SC 111, 112, 121, 122, 045/145, 253, 326, or 032/332 (any one of these meets G3).

Social Sciences: 6 credits
CHOICE of two: SS 131 (students who plan to enroll in Advertising Design, Graphic Design, or Packaging Design must take SS 131 as one of their Options), 141, 151, 171 (any one of these meets G4).

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

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, 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.

Courses

CD 111 — FOUNDATION I-BASIC DSGN THEORY

3 CREDITS; 6 LAB HOURS

An introduction to basic two-dimensional design theory, principles, and practice. Students progress from circle, square, and triangle analysis to the study of line, shape, and form. Course emphasizes studio techniques and media exploration. (G6: Arts)

CD 112 — FOUNDATION II-COMMUN DSGN

3 CREDITS; 6 LAB HOURS

Application of design principles and systems to basic problems in advertising/graphic design. Students explore layout techniques and the relationship of typography and visual elements in creative problem solving

CD 113 — Three-Dimensional Design

1.5 CREDITS; 3 LAB HOURS

Introduces design in three dimensions by developing form through the joining of planes. Techniques with board and paper are stressed. (G6: Arts)

CD 115 — Design Studio I

3 CREDITS; 6 LAB HOURS

Through assignments primarily executed in black and white, students develop an understanding and appreciation of the possibilities of the design vocabulary. Assemblage and paper construction are introduced to assist in the development of hand skills

CD 116 — Design Studio Intensive I

3.5 CREDITS; 6 LAB HOURS

For one-year Communication Design Foundation students. Through a series of hands-on construction projects, students translate the concepts of point, line, plane, and form into two- and three-dimensional designs. They learn the possibilities of design vocabulary, execute various drawing and painting exercises, and develop hand skills

CD 121 — STUDIO SKILLS

1.5 CREDITS; 3 LAB HOURS

Students learn to execute marker renderings of images and type in layouts--from quick thumbnails to art director's roughs--to communicate visual ideas. The techniques of sketching quickly are taught through demonstration, exercise, and practice

CD 122 — Digital Layout I

2 CREDITS; 1 LECTURE AND 2 LAB HOURS

Traditional studio skills, typography, and computer techniques are explored in order to create printed pieces using InDesign. Students learn to plan and produce files for printing

CD 123 — Basic Bookbinding

1.5 CREDITS; 3 LAB HOURS

Students work hands-on to create book structures. Different bookbinding methods are explored, such as non-adhesive structures, accordions, sewing, and case-bound books, with an emphasis on craft and the proper use of materials

CD 124 — Digital Graphics I

2 CREDITS; 1 LECTURE AND 2 LAB HOURS

This course offers a basic overview of Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, and some Photoshop, with an emphasis on the basic technical aspects of each software program and how they can be used together. Students are also introduced to FIT's online resources and printing capabilities

CD 126 — Digital Graphics Intensive I

2 CREDITS; 4 LAB HOURS

For one-year Communication Design Foundation students. This course is an in-depth overview of Adobe Illustrator and InDesign, basic Photoshop, and an introduction to FIT online, labs and printing resources. Emphasis is on the technical aspects of each program and use of these programs in tandem

CD 131 — COLOR WORKSHOP

1.5 CREDITS; 3 LAB HOURS

The study of the relationship of color principles, theories, and terminology to the printed page. Students explore various approaches to color application and creation

CD 132 — CREATIVE PROCESS

1.5 CREDITS; 3 LAB HOURS

Students study various processes and techniques to stimulate and develop creativity. The communication of ideas using visual and verbal methods is explored. (G6: Arts)

CD 134 — Capturing Creativity

2 CREDITS; 1 LECTURE AND 2 LAB HOURS

Students document their experience, developing ideas and questions, with an emphasis on writing, drawing, and critical evaluation

CD 171 — INTRO TO TYPOGRAPHY

1.5 CREDITS; 3 LAB HOURS

Study of basic type forms, terminology, and specification. Application of type in layout design is presented, with an emphasis on rendering techniques. Includes the historical development of type

CD 172 — COMPUTER DRAWING & TYPOGRAPHY

2 CREDITS; 1 LECTURE AND 2 LAB HOURS

This course concentrates on the creation, use, and versatility of vector-based images and type, emphasizing the connection between design and illustration

CD 173 — Typography I

2 CREDITS; 1 LECTURE AND 2 LAB HOURS

In this introductory course, students understand the principles of typography and how to use it effectively in their design work. Visual and technical aspects of typography and its history are explored

CD 201 — Computer Typesetting and Design

2 CREDITS; 1 LECTURE AND 2 LAB HOURS

For Illustration students. Introduces the Macintosh computer system as a typesetting and graphic design tool. Through hands-on experience, students develop a working knowledge of hardware and software applications

CD 214 — INTRODUCTION TO TYPOGRAPHY

1.5 CREDITS; 3 LAB HOURS

CD 215 — Design Studio II

3 CREDITS; 6 LAB HOURS

Using the same design language introduced in Design Studio I, this class focuses on three dimensional explorations. Through a series of projects with multiple components, students learn how design influences perception and the interrelationship between visual messages and craft

CD 216 — Design Studio Intensive II

3.5 CREDITS; 6 LAB HOURS

For one-year Communication Design Foundation students. Students learn how design influences perception by exploring the concepts of scale and dimension through modelmaking and drawing. They participate in a capstone group project that incorporates interdisciplinary principles emphasizing creative, conceptual, and professional development, which is presented to faculty and industry professionals

CD 217 — Capstone Design Studio

3 CREDITS; 6 LAB HOURS

CD 222 — Digital Layout II

2 CREDITS; 1 LECTURE AND 2 LAB HOURS

This course is a continuation of CD 122. Using InDesign, students master the essential elements of design, typography, and image control, including color separations and printing

CD 223 — Introduction to InDesign

2 CREDITS; 1 LECTURE AND 2 LAB HOURS

Using the Adobe InDesign page layout program, students master the essential elements of design, typography, and image control, and learn to integrate other Adobe applications to enhance their designs

CD 224 — Digital Graphics II

2 CREDITS; 1 LECTURE AND 2 LAB HOURS

Students explore digital imaging techniques using Adobe Photoshop to create sophisticated composite imagery. Emphasis is on image manipulation, proper scanning, color modes, color correction, pixel dimensions, and output for web and print

CD 225 — Digital Graphics III

2 CREDITS; 1 LECTURE AND 2 LAB HOURS

This course provides an overview of InDesign and its use in the industry. Emphasis is placed on its features and functions, including typography, page layout, image control, and file preparation

CD 226 — Digital Graphics Intensive II

2 CREDITS; 4 LAB HOURS

For one-year Communication Design Foundation students. This course introduces the essential techniques of Adobe Photoshop and builds upon CD 126 by utilizing InDesign skills at an advanced level. Focus includes image manipulation using Photoshop and other applications in tandem. Emphasis is on image adjustments and refinements, images in layouts with typography, file preparation and output to multiple platforms

CD 231 — VISUAL PROCESS

1.5 CREDITS; 3 LAB HOURS

Images and symbols are introduced into the students' graphic vocabulary, providing them with additional methods for communicating ideas. Students develop their concepts both by hand and on computer

CD 232 — Visual Language

2 CREDITS; 1 LECTURE AND 2 LAB HOURS

Students learn to create graphic images and symbols that communicate ideas and expand their graphic vocabulary. Students analyze visual messages and interpret and create meaningful ideas

CD 234 — Color Studies

2 CREDITS; 1 LECTURE AND 2 LAB HOURS

Students develop a thorough understanding of color and color theory, exploring all aspects of color that pertain to paint, light, print, and digital displays. Also addressed are general principles, terminologies, and digital color management

CD 235 — Design History

3 CREDITS; 3 LECTURE HOURS

This course brings a historical perspective to the design experience, introducing concepts, movements, artists, and technologies that have shaped and changed design. Students undertake analysis and research, collect imagery, and write effectively about design

CD 251 — Digital Imagery

1.5 CREDITS; 3 LAB HOURS

Introduces digital imagery and its tools and techniques. Using Adobe Photoshop, students work with layers to build intricate visual composites containing multiple images, textures, and transparencies, resulting in practical design solutions

CD 261 — Portfolio Development

1.5 CREDITS; 3 LAB HOURS

For nondegree students seeking to create Communication Design, Advertising Design, Graphic Design, Packaging Design, or Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design portfolios. Students build and define their portfolios to a level that is appropriate to their objectives, including college degree program admission or professional employment or advancement. In addition to portfolios, the course includes analysis of student's goals and writing and design of resumes and business cards

CD 271 — Designing with Type

1.5 CREDITS; 3 LAB HOURS

Concentrates on solving design problems through the use of type and letter forms. Emphasizes rendering in a variety of media

CD 272 — Advanced Computer Drawing and Typography

2 CREDITS; 1 LECTURE AND 2 LAB HOURS

This course builds upon the knowledge and skills acquired in CD 172. Emphasis is placed on advanced concepts of drawing and layout through the use of computer-drawn images and typography. Students create three-dimensional images from two-dimensional designs and prepare and optimize vector-based files for print and screen-based presentation

CD 273 — Typography II

2 CREDITS; 1 LECTURE AND 2 LAB HOURS

Students deepen their knowledge of typography through practical and experimental typographic design exercises. A variety of ways of understanding the expressive nature of letterforms and typographic design are explored

CD 322 — Design Process Technology

2 CREDITS; 1 LECTURE AND 2 LAB HOURS

Students explore grid systems that will assist in processing more complex typographic information. Students increase composition skills and typographic knowledge

CD 351 — Creating an Illustration Portfolio for the Web

2 CREDITS; 1 LECTURE AND 2 LAB HOURS

Students are introduced to a basic level of web design and production. Students learn the fundamentals of website layout, navigation, and various ways to develop a web grid using software, such as Dreamweaver. The goal is to develop a site structure that houses the student's portfolio

CD 361 — Professional Practices

2 CREDITS; 2 LECTURE HOURS

Future designers and art directors explore the business side of their professions by learning how to develop professional relationships; understand contracts and other business documents; negotiate, estimate, and determine fees; start, manage, and market a business; and address ethical and legal issues

CD 371 — Advanced Typography I

1.5 CREDITS; 3 LAB HOURS

Explores solutions to advanced typographical problems involving typographic origins, forms, and communication. Both hand and computerized typography are developed

CD 372 — Advanced Typography II

1.5 CREDITS; 3 LAB HOURS

This course presents a comprehensive study of typographic applications and principles of text, grids, ligatures, and letterform development

CD 373 — The Convergence of Type and Image

2 CREDITS; 1 LECTURE AND 2 LAB HOURS

Photography students learn to combine typography and photographic imagery to create promotional materials for a photography exhibit. Adobe InDesign is used

CD 441 — Broadcast Design

2 CREDITS; 1 LECTURE AND 2 LAB HOURS

This course guides students through the process of creating successful time-based design projects, which may be disseminated or broadcast via digital networks. The concept of incorporating motion, sound, and interactivity is introduced and experimentation with nontraditional design solutions is encouraged

CD 442 — Senior 3D Presentation Design

1.5 CREDITS; 3 LAB HOURS

Students explore the creative process specific to exhibition design in three dimensions. Using three-dimensional graphic design, multimedia, and audiovisuals, they design a custom system as a communications tool