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Communication Design Curriculum

Communication Design students enrolling at CCS will be required to own or purchase a laptop computer for their studies.

First Semester = 15-16 Credit Hours
 Course #Course TitleCredits
SLP 007CCS First Year Experience1
DFN 135Image Concepts I3
DFN 1372D & 3D Integrated Design Studio3
DFN 139Color & Light Studies3
DGD 151Typography I3
DEN 101Composition I3
Second Semester = 15 Credit Hours
Course #Course TitleCredits
DFN 136Image Concepts II3
DFN 1384D Design Studio3
DFN 142Performance Spaces3
DGD 152Typography II3
DGD 163Motion Design3
DEN 102Composition II3

*DEN 107 is placed as a Gen Ed elective. English path is determined by High School English scores or the English Placement Exercise (EPE).

Third Semester = 15 Credit Hours
Course #Course TitleCredits
DGD 259Typography III3
DGD 263Interaction I3
DGD 276Introduction to Communication Des I3
DAH 200Western Art History/Visual Culture3
DLE---General Education Elective 3
Fourth Semester = 18 Credit Hours
 Course #Course TitleCredits
DGD 264Interaction II3
DGD 277Introduction to Communication Design II3
Choose OneDAH 201 Visual Narration: Asia3
DAH 201 Visual Narration: Africa/America
DAH 347History of Graphic Design3
DEN 239Survey of World Literature3
Fifth Semester = 18 Credit Hours
Course #Course TitleCredits
DGD 311Intermediate Communication Design I3
DGD 317Communication Design Professional Studio Practice I 3
DGD 365Interaction III3
DAS 213Business Practices3
DVC 200Concepts & Methods/Visual Culture3
DLE ---General Education Elective 3
Sixth Semester = 18 Credit Hours
Course #Course TitleCredits
DGD 312Intermediate Visual Communication II3
DGD - - -Communication Design Elective3
DGD - - -Communication Design Elective3
DNS 300Natural Science 3
D- - - - -Elective3
Seventh Semester = 15 Credit Hours
 Course #Course TitleCredits
DGD 411Advanced Visual Communication I3
DGD - - -Communication Design Elective3
DGD - - -Communication Design Elective3
Choose OneDAH** ---Art History 3
DVC** ---Visual Culture Elective
DLE ---General Education Elective 3
Eighth Semester = 12 Credit Hours
Course #Course TitleCredits
DGD 412Advanced Communication Design II3
DGD 460Presentation Techniques/Portfolio3
DGD - - -Communication Design Elective3
DLE ---General Education Elective
D-- ---Elective3

**DAH/DVC must be taken at the 200 level or higher

​Catalog Year 18/19 Total Credits 126-127
Total credits: 127: First Year Experience=1; Foundations=18; Major=60; Liberal Arts=42; General Elective=6 ​

Communication Design Program Learning Outcomes (PLO)

Upon graduation, students in the BFA Communication Design program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an ability to use a variety of research methodologies including an awareness of sustainability in developing communications relevant to society, various audience groups and specific end users.
  2. Use code and other sources of dynamic media to achieve specific communication solutions relevant to audience and user experience.
  3. Use experimentation and play in the process of translating the obvious into the unique, to see the everyday in new ways and as a method of creating solutions that are unexpected.
  4. Demonstrate an ability to use informed critical judgment in selecting and utilizing components to achieve defined communication goals.
  5. Demonstrate an ability to use design and good organization in presenting clear project concepts and final outcomes.
  6. Demonstrate ethical leadership in interpreting and responding to communication need and opportunity.