Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Design, students will be prepared to:
- Construct meaningful solutions to communication problems, including problem identification, research, information gathering, analysis, prototyping, and evaluation of outcomes.
- Formulate informed responses to the audiences and contexts in which communication design must operate, from concept to finished product.
- Compare and assess design solutions from historical, critical and theoretical perspectives, and evaluate the place of communication design within the history of art, design, and culture.
All students entering the department wishing to pursue the B.F.A. in Art or the B.F.A. in Communication Design will be admitted under the B.A. in Art. Entrance into the B.F.A. programs is contingent on passing a formal portfolio review upon completing 21 credits in ART, CDES, or ARTH, inclusive of the 18 credits of foundation courses required for all students in the department. Additionally, students must have completed their General Studies requirements in Written Communication, Oral Communication, and Quantitative Literacy and have a minimum of 3.0 G.P.A. in all ART, ARTH, and CDES coursework at the time of portfolio review.
Communication Design students must have a suitable laptop computer before proceeding with CDES 3225 and subsequent courses. See an advisor for specifications.
A grade of “C-” or better is required in each required course before progressing to subsequent courses. Students should note that programs differ in the minimum grade required.
The B.F.A. in Communication Design is an extended major; no minor is required. Communication Design majors who elect to take a minor in Studio Art, Art history, Theory and Criticism, Digital Media, or Industrial Design should be aware that coursework used to meet requirements for the major may not be used to meet requirements for a minor. Art History, Theory and Criticism is a distinct academic discipline from Art or Communication Design, although all reside within the Department of Art and share common foundational requirements.
The following courses are required for the major: