Communication Design- Bachelor of Fine Arts

The mission of the Communication Design Major is to enable learners to gain the design thinking, knowledge, and skills required of practicing designers in areas like communication design, user experience design, and branding. Learners grow these competencies through exercises, projects, and learning experiences designed to develop practical, analytical, creative, emotional, and social intelligence. Graduates are prepared to enter a wide range of design practices as adaptable problem solvers who consider context and stakeholder needs as drivers for design.

Portfolio Review

In addition to the entrance portfolio review required by the Department of Art, students desiring to pursue the Communication Design major must undergo an additional portfolio review. This review occurs in the spring semester of the first year before registration for the fall semester. This portfolio and interview process determines advancement into the degree program in the second year. A limited number of students are admitted each year. In order to submit a portfolio for admission into the Communication Design major, students must be enrolled in ART 151 Pre-Communication Design, and must have completed or be enrolled in ART 102 Color Theory and Practice, ART 105 Technical Drawing, ART 111 Design and Composition, and ART 121 Observational Drawing. 

Transfer Admission

Students who wish to transfer from another institution and enter this program must satisfy admission requirements of the Communication Design program in addition to those of the art department and university.

For information, contact the advisor in the Department of Art, 124 Art Building, 513-529-2900.

Program Requirements

(87 semester hours minimum)

Plan of Study Grid
First YearCredit Hours
ART 102 Color Theory and Practice 1.5
ART 103 Creative Practices in New Technology 1.5
ART 104 Problem Solving 1.5
ART 105 Technical Drawing 1.5
ART 111 Design and Composition 3
ART 121 Observational Drawing 3
ART 151 Pre-Communication Design 1
ART 187 History of Western Art: Prehistoric-Gothic 3
ART 188 History of Western Art: Renaissance - Modern 3
ART 281 Contemporary Art Forum 1
 Credit Hours20
Second Year
ART 221 Drawing III 3
ART 248 Design Research Methods Basics 1.5
ART 249 Letterpress for Designers 1.5
ART 251 Typography 3
ART 252 Image 3
ART 253 Design Systems 3
ART 254 Communication Design Studio 1 3
Select one of the following: 3
Drawing IV  
Painting I  
Printmaking I  
Introduction to Digital Imaging  
Ceramics I  
Jewelry Design and Metals I  
Sculpture I  
Thematic Studio  
 Credit Hours21
Third Year
ART 352 Communication Design Studio 2 3
ART 353 The Business of Design 3
ART 354 Design for Use 6
ART 455 A History of Design 3
ART 460 Special Topics Design Studio 3
Non-western Art History Course 3
Summer Internship  
ART 340 Internship 3
 Credit Hours24
Fourth Year
ART 451 The Professional Portfolio 3
ART 452 Communication Design Studio 3: Degree Project 3
ART 453 Highwire Brand Studio 4
Electives 12
 Credit Hours22
 Total Credit Hours87