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Communication Design

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Creative thinkers, talented doers, imaginative innovators

Communication Design Foundation (AAS) program is a lower division program in the Communication Design department. Upon the completion of this lower division program, students are eligible for applying to the Graphic Design BFA or Advertising Design BFA (programs in the Communication Design department), the Packaging Design BFA, or the Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design BFA.

Communication Design Foundation (AAS) focuses on all visual imagery—both still and movingthat persuades, promotes, educates, and informs. In this program, you will study digital design, typography, color theory, and layout design, as well as presentation and web designall vital skills for a successful career in this increasingly demanding and competitive field.

Because today's marketplace requires multidisciplinary experience, you will master traditional design skills as well as the latest computer technology, and you will learn to develop conceptual ideas that lead to outstanding design.

New York Citythe design capital of the worldprovides the perfect complement to your classroom experience. You'll explore the city's unparalleled resources, take field trips to top design firms, and become immersed in the design industrygiving you the competitive edge you will need when you enter the field. You'll graduate prepared for an entry-level design position or for further study in a related BFA program at FIT.


  • A faculty of practicing professionals offers classroom experiences that mirror the real design world.
  • New York City is your extended campus, with leading design firms, museums, and galleries that provide rich resources for inspiration and opportunity.

In this program, you will:

  • be exposed to the industry through field trips and guest lectures. Speakers have included an interactive designer, a letterpress designer, and a filmmaker, and many industry leaders, such as Steven Heller, Takaaki Matsumoto, and Massimo Vignelli.
  • acquire a solid foundation for design, including the software used in the industry.

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