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Associate Degree Program (AAS)

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.

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 Composition G13
Semester 2
MAJOR AREACD 215 - Design Studio II3
CD 224 - Digital Graphics II2
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 EDUCATIONsee Requirements*3
Semester 5
RELATED AREAGD 244 - Introduction to Web Design2
choice see Related Area Electives**3.5-4
GENERAL EDUCATIONSS 131 - General Psychology3
ELECTIVEchoice Elective1.5-3
Semester 6
MAJOR AREACD 217 - Capstone Design Studio3
GENERAL EDUCATIONchoice see Requirements*6
 Total Credits: 68.5-70.5

*Art and Design Programs: FIT's General Education and Art History Requirements 

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. 

Associate Degree: (Effective for students entering AAS programs in Fall 2014)

  • Three (3) credits from each required area, totaling 9 credits: G1, G2 and G3
  • Six (6) credits from two (2) different areas in G4-G10 
  • Three (3) credits of any 200 or 300 level English literature or speech course
  • Six (6) credits from Art/Design History courses: HA112 (3 credits, required for all Art & Design majors), plus another 3 credit HA course.                                                       

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. Certain majors require specific 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 4: FA 103 141 , or 171  (1.5 credits).
CHOICE of two in Semester 5: AD 364 CD 113 GD 202 PH 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 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 .