Communication Design


Audiences are distracted. Attention spans are short. And communicators who can break through the noise with high-impact design, meaningful messages, and memorable experiences are in demand across a range of industries.

This program gives you a robust foundation in design and prepares you to apply for a BFA in several specialized design fields. You’ll master a wide array of hands-on skills, gain proficiency in the technology needed to create the multidisciplinary experiences required in today’s marketplace, and understand the conceptual ideas that drive design.



Communication Design Foundation AAS

Part of the Communication Design Pathways Department, this Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree program will introduce you to the diverse means and tools of visual communication, including digital design, design process, typography, and color theory. It also prepares you to apply for the following BFA programs.

  • Advertising and Digital Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Packaging Design
  • Spatial Experience Design
Degree Details


You can earn a one-year Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Communication Design Foundation online.


Creative thinkers. Talented doers. Imaginative innovators … Join a growing group of alums who become design leaders across a vast array of creative industries.

Beyond Graduation

AAS graduates are prepared for entry-level positions in graphic design and corporate communications firms, publishing companies, retail art departments, and advertising agencies, but typically go on to complete an FIT bachelor’s degree program in a specialized design field.

Beyond Graduation

Real Design Experience

Many faculty members are founders and creative directors of their own agencies, with impressive clients and projects, who bring industry expertise to the classroom. Meet more Communication Design faculty.
Sondra Graff

Graff works in design, pedagogy and performance. Her projects span the range from promotion for performing artists to installation and interdisciplinary collaboration. 

Rocco Piscatello

Piscatello, principal of Piscatello Design Centre, is a designer who specializes in the creation of design systems that integrate brand identity, interactive digital experiences, and environmental signage for clients and cities around the world.

Ron Basca

Bacsa is an assistant professor in the Communication Design Department, specializing in advertising and graphic design. He has worked as a creative director at various ad agencies, with a roster of clients that has included AT&T, General Motors, and Walt Disney.

Contact Us

Communication Design

Pomerantz Center, Room D319
(212) 217-5630

Craig Berger


Thomas McManus

Assistant Chair

Lawrence Langham

Assistant Chair

Art and Design Gallery

The Art and Design Gallery is open from 9 am until 5 pm, seven days per week. The gallery is located at the northwest corner of Seventh Avenue and 27th Street. 

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