Communication Design

Communication Design Department Menu


300 Jay Street
Namm Hall 1113 (N-1113)
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Phone: 718-260-5175

Fax: 718-254-8530

Communication Design/AAS

The AAS degree program in Communication Design provides students with a solid foundation in the theory and current practices of the Communication Design profession and a grounding in general education. Students explore visual expression through a range of courses in figure drawing, design and color, typography, photography and web design. The program prepares students to continue on to upper-level course work and specialization in the design field. Graduates have a broad knowledge of the design profession, a solid foundation in liberal arts and sciences and a well-rounded portfolio. They are prepared to assist art directors and designers in entry-level positions in Communication Design.

New York City, a leading center of communication design in the United States with over 2,000 advertising agencies, design studios, publishing and new media companies, offers graduates many possibilities for full-time or free-lance employment in the field. Many graduates have gone on to earn baccalaureate and graduate degrees in the fields of advertising design, graphic design, fine arts and art education.

Placement in the Associate Program

Placement in the associate in applied science program requires a high school diploma or GED. Students need not have majored in art in high school, but it is desirable that entering students have taken some prior courses in typography, layout, design and drawing or painting.

Advanced Standing Credits

The student admitted as a transfer is advised to go to the Office of the Registrar to obtain an application for advanced standing and file it with the Registrar during the announced filing period. Since there are differences in communication design courses offerings from one college to another, each application for advanced standing credits will be reviewed individually. Credit will be granted for courses taken at other colleges if the courses are considered equivalent to those offered at New York City College of Technology. Final determination of credits for advanced standing will be made by the Registrar and the Chair of the Communication Design Department.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Communication Design AAS degree program are prepared to obtain entry-level employment in the communication design field. They are able to solve visual communication problems by applying design and studio skills. They have proficiency in a range of software applications for communication design. They are also qualified to enter a baccalaureate degree program in advertising design, animation/illustration/game design graphics, broadcast design, graphic design or web design.

Graduates will be able to:

  • Think critically and creatively to solve visual communication problems.
  • Continue on to baccalaureate-level course work in communication design.
  • Demonstrate breadth of knowledge in communication design topics and career paths.
  • Research and evaluate information sources.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely in speech and writing.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with current technology relevant to the design field.

Approximate Additional Costs other than Tuition and College-wide Fees

Textbooks $400
Professional Tools $500
Materials Fees $40
Supplies $600
Portfolio Preparation $150




English Composition (2 courses, 6 credits)

ENG 1101 English Composition I 3
ENG 1121 English Composition II 3

Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning (1 course, 3 credits)

MAT 1190 Quantitative Reasoning or higher 3

Life and Physical Sciences (1 course, 3 credits)

Any Approved Course


In addition to the courses specified below, select one approved course from one other group.

Creative Expression

ARTH 3311 The History of Graphic Design 3

Individual and Society

PSY 1101 Introduction to Psychology 3

World Cultures and Global Issues

Any Approved Course

US Experience in its Diversity

Any Approved Course

Scientific World

Any Approved Course3

Writing Intensive Requirement4

Students at New York City College of Technology must complete two courses designated WI for the associate level, one from GenEd and one from the major; and two additional courses designated WI for the baccalaureate level, one from GenEd and one from the major.

COMD 1100 Graphic Design Principles I3
COMD 1103 Foundation Drawing2
COMD 1162 Raster and Vector Graphics3
COMD 1167 Type and Media4
COMD 1200 Graphic Design Principles II3
COMD 1231 Figure Drawing2
COMD 2300 Communication Design I3
COMD 2327 Typographic Design II2
COMD 2330 Digital Photography I2
COMD 2400 Communication Design II3
COMD 2427 Typographic Design III2
COMD 2450 Web Design I2
CDMG 1111 Digital Media Foundations2
ENG 1101 English Composition I Met as GenEd
ENG 1101 English Composition II Met as GenEd
MAT 1190 Quantitative Reasoning or higher Met as GenEd

Program-Specific Elective Courses

Select two 3-credit courses from the following6
COMD 1292 3-Dimensional Design* 3
COMD 2313 Illustration I: Basic Principles* 3
COMD 2320 Intro to Film and Video Design Production 3
COMD 2340 Digital Photography II 3
COMD 2412 Packaging Design 3
COMD 3413 Illustration II: Character Design 3
COMD 2316 Advanced Image Editing 3
COMD 3532 Print Production for Designers 3

* Mandatory for students pursuing the Animation/Illustration/Game Design Graphics module in the Bachelors of Technology in Communication Design.

1 Although students enrolled in AAS programs are not required to meet all of the CUNY Pathways requirements, the college and program general education requirements are organized by Pathways categories to inform students of their standing should they transfer to a CUNY baccalaureate program.

2 Specific courses listed are degree requirements that also meet CUNY Pathways general education requirements in that category.

3 PSY 3407 recommended for students planning to continue on to the bachelor of technology in Communication Design

4 A semester-specific list of writing intensive courses is available online at the City Tech Pathways website. Pre-Pathways students must follow the general education requirements listed in the catalog that applied on their year of entry into the program