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 Techniques3
DFN 101Foundation Drawing I3
DGD 151Typography I3
Det By*DEN 107Composition I3
PathDLE ---General Education Elective

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

Second Semester = 18 Credit Hours
EarnedCourse #Course TitleCredits
DFN 1163D Techniques3
DFN 1183D Design3
DFN 141Fundamentals of Imaging3
DGD 152Typography II3
DGD 163Motion Design3
DEN 108Composition II3

Sophomore Year

Third Semester = 15 Credit Hours
EarnedCourse #Course TitleCredits
DGD 259Typography III3
DGD 263Interaction I3
DGD 276Introduction to Communication Des I3
DAH 200Western Art History/Visual Culture3
DFS 101Introduction to Interdisciplinary Study3
Fourth Semester = 15 Credit Hours
EarnedCourse #Course TitleCredits
DGD 264Interaction II3
DGD 277Introduction to Communication Des II3
ChooseDAH 201Visual Narration: Asia3
OneVisual Narration: Africa/America
DAH 347History of Graphic Design3
DEN 239Survey of World Literature3

Junior Year

Fifth Semester = 18 Credit Hours
EarnedCourse #Course TitleCredits
DGD 311Intermediate Communication Design I3
DGD 317Com Design Prof Studio Practice I3
DGD 365Interaction III3
DAS 213Business Practices3
DVC 200Concepts & Methods/Visual Culture 3
DLE ---General Education Elective 3
Sixth Semester = 15 Credit Hours
EarnedCourse #Course TitleCredits
DGD 312Intermediate Communication Design II3
DGD - - -Communication Design Elective 3
DGD - - -Communication Design Elective 3
DNS 300Natural Science 3
D- - - - - Elective 3

Senior Year

Seventh Semester = 15 Credit Hours
EarnedCourse #Course TitleCredits
DGD 411Advanced Communication Design I3
DGD - - -Communication Design Elective 3
DGD - - -Communication Design Elective 3
Choose**DAH ---Art History 3
One**DVC ---Visual Culture Elective
DLE ---General Education Elective 3

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

Eighth Semester = 15 Credit Hours
EarnedCourse #Course TitleCredits
DGD 412Advanced Communication Design II3
DGD 460Presentation Techniques/Portfolio3
DGD - - -Communication Design Elective 3
DLE ---General Education Elective3
D- - - - - Elective 3
Catalog Year 20/21 Total Credits      126-127
Total credits: 127:   First Year Experience=1;   Foundations=18;   Major=60;   Gen Ed=42;   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.