Communication Design is a collaborative, high-energy program that gives students the chance to work with faculty in graphic design, illustration, motion graphics, information design, interaction design, and advertising. Students can choose to design interfaces for mobile devices and the web, make pictures for games and motion graphics, illustrate stories, create comics, and design printed posters and books. Some projects allow students to apply design skills to social problems in the community in areas such as public health and urban education. Others provide the chance to study the history of printed images, comics, and advertising through our renowned Modern Graphic History Library. The student community in the program centers around a large, collaborative studio, in which each student has a dedicated space.
Course work is a combination of required fundamental experiences and electives. Required courses include Word and Image 1 and 2, Typography 1 and 2, Digital Design, and Interaction Design 1. A few of the major electives include Image and Story, Voice, Visualizing Information, Interactive Entertainment, and professional studios in branding, illustration, graphic design, and advertising.
Communication Design emphasizes design fundamentals such as typography, image development with a range of media, writing, content development linked to coursework in other parts of the University (which could include psychology, history, critical writing, business, data analysis, etc.), and technology skills in the Adobe Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign). Students work on and off the computer to develop design literacy and work that is specific to their skills and interests and relevant to a variety of professional fields. Most students have one or two summer internships in the field, which can be supplemented with professional experiences during the school year.
Our graduates have refined visual portfolios, strong conceptual and academic backgrounds, and deep methodologies. They work in design and advertising firms, non-profits, and corporations, and as freelancer illustrators and designers. Most choose to work in communication design, but some apply their design skills to other fields. Students are positioned to become leaders in the field.