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Communication Design

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Creative thinkers, talented doers, imaginative innovators

Communication Design Foundation is an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) program within Communication Design Pathways Department. On completion of this degree, students are eligible to apply for a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Advertising Design, Graphic Design, Packaging Design, or Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design.

Communication Design Foundation provides students with a comprehensive study of the diverse means and tools of visual communication. In this program you will study, digital desigh, design process, typography, and color theory, and develop the fundamental abilities that lead to a successful career in the increasingly competitive design professions. 

Because today's marketplace requires multidisciplinary experience, you will master a wide arrange of design skills that include technology, and 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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