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Communication Design - Evening/Weekend Associate Degree Program - Fall 2011 Curriculum

This curriculum applies to students entering in Fall 2011 only. Currently enrolled FIT students should refer to the FIT catalog of their entering year.

The major in Communication Design is a foundation program that provides qualified students an opportunity to advance to upper division programs in Advertising Design, Graphic Design, and Packaging Design, as well as prepare for careers in advertising agencies, graphic and corporate communications firms, department stores, art studios, publications, and as freelance graphic designers.

Semester 1
MAJOR AREA CD 115 Design Studio I 3
CD 124 Digital Graphics I 2
CD 134 Capturing Creativity 2
    CD 173 Typography I   2
LIBERAL ARTS EN 121 English Composition 3
Semester 2
MAJOR AREA CD 215 Design Studio II 3
CD 224 Digital Graphics II 2
CD 234 Color Studies 2
  CD 235 Design History   
LIBERAL ARTS   choice     see Requirements*   
Semester 3
MAJOR AREA CD 225 Digital Graphics III 2
CD 232 Visual Language 2
CD 273 Typography II 2
LIBERAL ARTS   choice see Requirements*   
Semester 4
RELATED AREA   AD 216 Foundation in Advertising Design   
DE 216 Foundation in Visual Presentation & Exhibition Design 2
GD 216 Foundation in Graphic Design 2
    PK 216 Foundation in Packaging Design   
    choice see FA selectives*    1.5
LIBERAL ARTS   choice see Requirements*   
Semester 5
MAJOR AREA   CD 113 Three-Dimensional Design   1.5 
RELATED AREA GD 244 Introduction to Web Design 2
PH 118 Beginning Digital Photography 2
LIBERAL ARTS   SS 131  General Psychology   


  choice  General elective    1.5-3
Semester 6
MAJOR AREA CD 217 Capstone Design Studio 3
LIBERAL ARTS   choice see Requirements*   

Total Credit Requirements

Major Area 29.5 credits
Related Areas 13.5 credits
Liberal Arts 24 credits
General Elective 1.5-3 credits
Phys. Ed. 2 credits
Total Credits 68.5


A "G" followed by a number 1-10 identifies specific courses that meet SUNY General Education baccalaureate degree requirements (www.fitnyc.edu/gened).

G1 Basic Communication; G2 Math; G3 Science; G4 Social Science; G5 Western Civilization; G6 Arts; G7 Humanities; G8 Foreign Language; G9 Other World Civilizations; G10 American History.


English/Speech: 6 credits
EN121 (G1) ( Prerequisite: College-level English as demonstrated by placement test OR completion of appropriate Educational Skills courses), and
CHOICE of EN 231, 232, 233, 236, 241, 242, 244, 245, or 253.

Fine Arts Selective:  1.5 credits
CHOICE of FA 103, FA 141, or FA 171.

History of Art & Civilization: 6 credits
HA 112 (G5), and
CHOICE of HA 111, 121, 221, 223, 224, 225, 226, 231, 311, or 314 (any one of these meets G7).

Mathematics: 3-3.5 credits
Graduation requirement: Arithmetic proficiency as demonstrated by placement test OR completion of appropriate developmental mathematics course(s).
CHOICE of MA 142, 161, 213, 222, 231, or 331 (any one of these meets G2).

Science: 3-5 credits
CHOICE of SC 111, 112, 121, 122, 045/145, 253, 326, or 032/332 (any one of these meets G3).

Social Sciences: 6 credits
SS 131 (G4), and
CHOICE of SS 141, 151, or 171.


Graduates of this program are eligible to apply for admission to the Bachelor of Fine Arts programs in Advertising DesignGraphic Design, Packaging Design, Computer Animation and Interactive Design and Toy Design. By completing certain course requirements, graduates may also apply to the Bachelor of Science program in Advertising and Marketing Communications.

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