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 2016. 

Semester 1Credits
MAJOR AREACD 115 - Design Studio I3
CD 124 - Vector Graphics2
CD 173 - Typography I2
CD 234 - Color Studies2
ART HISTORYHA 112 - History of Western Art and Civilization: Renaissance to the Modern Era3
GENERAL EDUCATIONEN 121 - English Composition3
Semester 2
MAJOR AREACD 215 - Design Studio II3
CD 224 - Bitmap Imagery2
CD 273 - Typography II2
CD 235 - Design History3
ART HISTORYchoice - see Requirements*3
GENERAL EDUCATIONchoice - see Requirements/Math*3
Semester 3
MAJOR AREACD 225 - Introduction to Digital Layout Design2
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 EDUCATIONchoice - see Requirements/Natural Science*3
choice - see Requirements*3
Semester 4
MAJOR AREACD 217 - Capstone Design Studio3
CD 232 - Visual Language2
RELATED AREACT 244 - Introduction to Web Design2
choice - see Related Area choices**1.5 - 2
GENERAL EDUCATIONchoice - see Requirements*6
 Total Credits: 61.5-62

*Fall 2016 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 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. 

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: 1.52 credits
CHOICE of one of the following: AD 364, GD 202, FA 103141, 171, PH 118, or PK 212

Evening/Weekend Option:
A six-semester evening/weekend option is available for this degree program (see Curricula Overview  or visit the FIT website at 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.