The next time you’re at the movies, check out the opening credits. Or that book you’ve been reading? Examine the cover. Pay attention to the type. Next visit to your favorite web site, notice how you are transported seamlessly from one page to another.
Every day, everywhere: we use, touch or see something a communication designer had a hand in creating — including every app on the phone you’re probably reading this on.
Make the future
Communication Design at CCS was previously called, simply, Graphic Design. But the world isn’t two-dimensional and neither are we. The department not only focuses on Graphic Design but also encompasses Interaction Design and Motion Design. We changed the name to better reflect where the field is now and where it’s headed. Communication Design represents what students do while they’re here and what they’ll do in the professional world once they graduate.
Grounded in the core principles of print-based, graphic design — image, typography, color, messaging and hierarchy — students learn to merge these skills with the language of code in order to build media and create interactive environments. Communication Design students learn how to make ideas accessible and understandable to audiences and users on a wide variety of platforms.
And in dozens of industries, communication designers are in high demand — CCS graduates in particular. At the department’s annual career event in 2015, the recruiters outnumbered the students who, year after year, achieve a high post-graduate employment rate — 100% in 2013.
From Google, Buzzfeed, Adidas, Microsoft, Apple and eBay to Leo Burnett, Shinola, Moosejaw, Lego, Adobe and Converse, CCS Communication Design graduates work all over the world for companies that define their fields. They’re also entrepreneurs who successfully hang their own shingles — often right here as essential members of Detroit’s dynamic creative economy.
Meet CCS Communication Design alumna, Brett Renfer (2008)
Creative Director, Bluecadet
Communication Design Department
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Our students have interned at more than 100 companies and studios all over the country!
Altair Product Design
Anchor Bay Entertainment
Art Van Furniture
Detroit Media Partnership
Foote Cone & Belding
Green Sky Creative
Group [eX]/Buffington Associates
Neal Davis Gallery
One of Us Films
Progress of Design
Taoti Enterprises Inc.
The Scarab Club
Wayne State University
Zoyes Creative Group
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Wieden + Kennedy
Mercedes Benz Financial Services
Latch + Associates
George P. Johnson
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