Communication Design (Graphic Design)

Graphic Design

Interaction Design

Motion Design

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.

Representative 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

Contact Us

Communication Design Department
T. 313.664.1645
F. 313.664.1650

Department Chair
Susan LaPorte 
T. 313.664.1646
 

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Previous Internships

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

2x4
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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Alumni Network

East Coast

BASE
And/Or
Gretel
Trollback
Buck TV
2 x 4
Collin

West Coast

Adobe Ex
Microsoft
Artefact
Adidas
Nike
Wieden + Kennedy
Google
eBay
Foc Media
IDEO
Capacity TV
Bemis Balkind
Big Tomorrow

Midwest

VSA Partners
Thirst
Otherwise
Punchkick
Razorfish
Nokia
Pivot Design
Studio Blue
People’s Liberty

Michigan

Herman Miller
People’s Design
Whirlpool
Digitas
Enlighten
O2
Group Ex
Shinola
Commonwealth
Octane
Organic
Quicken Loans
Mercedes Benz Financial Services
Latch + Associates
George P. Johnson
Czarnowski
DittoDitto
Lunar North
The Works Department
Good Done Daily
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