BFA in Communication Design

The BFA in Communication Design is a collaborative program at the intersection of graphic design, illustration, and interaction design. Our faculty have backgrounds in illustration, information design, graphic design, social impact design, user interface design, and advertising. That means you 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
– Apply design skills to social problems in the community in areas such as public health and urban education
– Study the history of printed images, comics, and advertising through our Douglas B. Dowd Modern Graphic History Library.

Course Work

In your first year, your required studio course work includes drawing, two-dimensional design, three-dimensional design, digital design, and a weekly lecture course. As a sophomore, you explore disciplines across art and design, selecting from introductory courses in graphic design, typography, illustration, fashion design, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.

In your sophomore year and the fall semester of your junior year, you take courses such as Word & Image, Typography, and Interaction Foundations. Starting in the second semester of your junior year, you choose all of your own major courses. Recent offerings include:

– Interaction Design: User-Centered Applications
– Illustration Concepts & Media/Visual Journalism
– Content to Cover: The Design of Books
– Design for Social Impact
– Art Practice


As a senior, you pursue a capstone project that culminates in an illustrated book, zine, screen-based presentation, graphic novel/mini-comic, or digital experience. Your final project is displayed in a public exhibition and reviewed by external design professionals.

Degree Requirements

The College of Art subscribes to the standards for the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree as set forth and accepted by the College Art Association of American (CAA) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

For students entering the College of Art in fall 2019, a BFA degree requires a total of 121 credits of course work. Specific details for the BFA in Communication Design for the 2019-20 academic year can be found here>>


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