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Communication Design - Two-Year 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 offers qualified students the opportunity to 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
RELATED AREA choice see Related Area elective** 1.5-2
LIBERAL ARTS EN 121 English Composition 3
choice see Requirements* 3

Semester 2
MAJOR AREA CD 215 Design Studio II 3
CD 224 Digital Graphics II 2
CD 232 Visual Language 2
CD 234 Color Studies 2
CD 273 Typography II 2
LIBERAL ARTS choice see Requirements* 6

Semester 3
MAJOR AREA CD 225 Digital Graphics III 2
CD 235 Design History 3
RELATED AREA AD 216 Foundation in Ad Design 2
DE 216 Foundation in Visual Pres. 2
GD 216 Foundation in Graphic Design 2
PK 216 Foundation in Pkg. Design 2
LIBERAL ARTS choice see Requirements* 6

Semester 4
MAJOR AREA CD 113 Three-Dimensional Design 1.5
CD 217 Capstone Design Studio 3
RELATED AREA GD 244 Intro. to Web Design 2
PH 118 Beginning Digital Photography 2
LIBERAL ARTS choice see Requirements* 6
ELECTIVE choice General elective 1.5-3

TOTAL Minimum Required

MAJOR AREA: 29.5 credits
RELATED AREA: 13.5-14 credits
LIBERAL ARTS: 24 credits
ELECTIVE: 1.5-3 credits
TOTAL Minimum Required: 68.5 credits


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 determined by placement test OR completion of appropriate Educational Skills courses), and
CHOICE of EN 231, 232, 233, 236, 241, 242, 244, 245, or 253.

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
CHOICE of two: SS 131, 141, 151, or 171 (any one of these meets G4).


CHOICE of one: FA 103, 141, or 171


A 6-semester evening/weekend option is available for this degree program (see page xx or visit the FIT web site at www.fitnyc.edu/evening_weekend). The sequence of courses varies slightly from that listed on this page.


Graduates of this program are eligible to apply for admission to the Bachelor of Fine Arts programs in Advertising Design, Graphic Design, Packaging Design, Computer Animation and Interactive Media, 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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