Communication Design (Graphic Design)

Communication Design Curriculum

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

Freshman Year

First Semester = 15-16 Credit Hours
EarnedCourse #Course TitleCredits
SLP 007CCS First Year Experience1
DFN 1172D Design3
DFN 119Digital Fundamentals3
DFN 140Elements of Drawing3
DGD 151Typography I3
DEN 108The Art of Argumentation3
Second Semester = 15 Credit Hours
EarnedCourse #Course TitleCredits
DFN 1163D Techniques3
DFN 1183D Design3
DFN 141Fundamentals of Imaging3
DGD 152Typography II3
DGD 163Motion Design3
DFS 101Introduction to Interdisciplinary Study3

Sophomore Year

Third Semester = 18 Credit Hours
EarnedCourse #Course TitleCredits
DGD 259Typography III3
DGD 263Interaction I3
DGD 276Intro/Visual Communication I3
DAH 200Art & Culture: Ages of Discovery3
DEN 239Survey of World Literature3
Fourth Semester = 15 Credit Hours
EarnedCourse #Course TitleCredits
DGD 264Interaction II3
DGD 277Intro/Visual Communication II3
ChooseDAH 201Visual Narration: Asia3
OneVisual Narration: Africa/America
DVC 200Concepts & Methods/Visual Culture3
DAH 347History of Graphic Design3

Junior Year

Fifth Semester = 15 Credit Hours
EarnedCourse #Course TitleCredits
DGD 311Intermediate Visual Communication I3
DGD 317Business and Professional Practices3
DGD 365Interaction III3
DAS 213Business Practices3
DNS 300Natural Science 3
DLE ---Liberal Arts Elective 3
Sixth Semester = 15 Credit Hours
EarnedCourse #Course TitleCredits
DGD 312Intermediate Visual Communication II3
DGD - - -Communication Design Elective 3
DGD - - -Communication Design Elective 3
DLE ---Liberal Arts Elective 3
D- - - - - Elective 3

Senior Year

Seventh Semester = 18 Credit Hours
EarnedCourse #Course TitleCredits
DGD 411Advanced Visual Communication I3
DGD - - -Communication Design Elective 3
DGD - - -Communication Design Elective 3
ChooseDAH 400Art History 3
OneDVC 400Visual Culture Elective
DLE ---Liberal Arts Elective 3
Eighth Semester = 15 Credit Hours
EarnedCourse #Course TitleCredits
DGD 412Advanced Visual Communication II3
DGD 460Presentation Techniques/Portfolio3
DGD - - -Communication Design Elective 3
DET BY PATH*DEN 107Writing Workshop3
DLE ---Liberal Arts Elective
D- - - - - Elective 3
DEN 107 is placed as a liberal arts elective. English path is determined by ACT/SAT writing scores or the English Placement Exercise (EPE).
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.