Communication Design (Graphic Design)

The world isn’t two dimensional and neither are we.

From your favorite books and websites to every app on the mobile phone you’re probably reading this on: every day, everywhere we use, touch or see something a communication designer helped create.

Communication Design at CCS covers print, motion and interaction, a reflection of where the field is now and where it’s headed. First, students learn the core principles of print-based graphic design — think image, typography, color, messaging and hierarchy. Then they merge what they’ve learned with the language of code in order to build media and create interactive environments on a wide variety of platforms.

Communication designers are in high demand here and abroad — CCS graduates in particular. Our students are sought after because they can think, make and innovate. 

Motion Design

Graphic Design

Interaction Design

 
What Sets Us Apart?

Well-Rounded Curriculum
Curriculum covers graphic design, interaction design and motion design

Industry Connections
Graduates work for global brands, including Google, Buzzfeed, Adidas, Microsoft, Apple, eBay, Facebook, Shinola, Moosejaw, Lego, Adobe and Converse


High Post-Graduate Employment Rate
The department has a high post-graduate employment rate

Opportunity to Design Your Own Path
Alumni are entrepreneurs who open their own design studios across the country and the globe, including Los Angeles, New York City, the Netherlands and right here in Detroit


Career Choices

Graphic Design
Design Planning Strategy
Branding/Identity Design

Motion Design
Interaction/Experience Design (UX/UI)

Editorial Design
Environmental/Exhibition Design

Advertising Design
Web/Mobile Media Design

Previous Internships

Our students have interned at more than 100 companies and studios all over the country!

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Altair Product Design
American Graphic
Anchor Bay Entertainment
Anthropologie
Art Van Furniture
Avanti
Big Communications
Brand Labs
Campbell-Ewald
CCS Marketing
Chrysler Financial
Chrysler HQ
Clear! Blue
Clear Magazine
Converse

Detroit Media Partnership
Digitas
Do WYLD
Doner
Driven Solutions
EDHV
Enlighten
Entertainment Publications
EPK Design
ePrize
Foote Cone & Belding
Fox 2
FUSE
Green Sky Creative
Group [eX]/Buffington Associates
Henry Ford

Hour Media
LaDriere
Lakonic
Lovio George
Lust
Magnani Continuum
McConnell Creative
Microsoft
MOCAD
Morley
Mouth NY
Neal Davis Gallery
Northridge Church
One of Us Films
Organic
Orlans Associates

Progress of Design
Quiksilver
Reebok
Rockwell Group
Stardust NYC
Taoti Enterprises Inc.
Team Detroit
The Scarab Club
Thirst
Trent Design
Urban Outfitters
Valassis
Way Creative
Wayne State University
Whirlpool
Zoyes Creative Group

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Contact Us

Communication Design Department
T. 313.664.1645
F. 313.664.1650

Department Chair
Susan LaPorte