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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, 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 124 - Digital Graphics I2
CD 134 - Capturing Creativity2
CD 173 - Typography I2
RELATED AREAchoice - see Related Area Elective**1.5
GENERAL EDUCATIONEN 121 - English Composition3
GENERAL EDUCATION/ART HISTORYchoice - 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
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**3.5-4
ELECTIVEchoice - General Elective1.5-3
GENERAL EDUCATION/ART HISTORYchoice - see Requirements*6
 Total Credits: 68.5-70.5

*Art & 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. 

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.  

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 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/Design History courses: HA112 (3 credits, required for all Art & Design majors), plus another 3 credit HA course.                                        

Note: Students who plan to enroll in  Advertising Design, Graphic Design, or Packaging Design BFA degree programs 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 ). 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 .