School of Art and Design

Applications accepted for fall only.        NYSED: 00760      CIP: 50.0402

The major in Communication Design Foundation is a foundation program that prepares students for entry-level positions across an array of communication design professions provides. Graduates have the opportunity to advance to baccalaureate programs in Advertising and Digital Design, Graphic Design, Packaging Design, and Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design. Curriculum below is for the entering class of fall 2022.

Semester 1Credits
MAJOR AREACD 115 - Design Studio I3
CD 124 - Vector Graphics2
CD 173 - Typography I2
CD 235 - Design History3
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 - Digital Imaging and Narrative2
CD 234 - Color Studies2
CD 273 - Typography II2
ART HISTORYchoice - see Requirements*3
GENERAL EDUCATIONchoice - see Requirements/Math*3
Semester 3
MAJOR AREACD 225 - Introduction to Digital Layout Design2
RELATED AREAAD 217 - Advertising and Digital Design: Principles, Processes, and Practices2
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 2022 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 non-HA 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 & Digital 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 Elective(s): 1.52 credits
CHOICE of one of the following: AD 364, FA 103, FA 141, FA 171, GD 202PH 118, or PK 212

Upper Division Alternative(s):
Graduates of this program are eligible to apply for admission to the Bachelor of Fine Arts programs in Advertising & Digital DesignGraphic DesignPackaging DesignVisual Presentation and Exhibition DesignAnimation, Interactive Media & Game Design, and Toy Design. By completing certain course requirements, graduates may also apply to the Bachelor of Science program in Advertising and Marketing Communications.

Students who successfully complete the Communication Design AAS program will be able to:

  1. Apply two- and three-dimensional foundation principles to visual literacy problems.
  2. Recognize and create effective typographic hierarchies as part of original graphic design solutions.
  3. Apply research, analysis, and critical thinking skills to the various stages of effective communication design development from concept sketching to complete comprehensive.
  4. Create well-executed projects with appropriate attention to detail, using both digital and hand skills.
  5. Demonstrate professionalism and confidence in individual and group projects and presentations, which include the combination of oral, written, and visual skills.
  6. Develop design solutions that address the parallel relationships between advertising design, graphic design, packaging design, and visual presentation and exhibition design.