Communications design

Communications designers translate ideas and information through a variety of media. Their particular talent lies not only in the traditional skills of the hand, but also in their ability to think strategically in design and marketing terms.

In this bachelor of fine arts (B.F.A.) degree program, design classes are modeled on professional practice. You will explore the creative process, conceptual theory and design history, organizing and managing complex design projects, in addition to illustration, photography, typography, and production processes. Your classes also will cover advertising, marketing, communications, and business. Advanced students create a portfolio based on their own interests, such as corporate branding programs, publication design, exhibition design, web and interactive, packaging, and traditional and alternative advertising design.

We are located in the newly renovated Warehouse, in the vibrant Armory Square district of downtown Syracuse offering us a wireless, open office plan studio environment, around the clock access and a wealth of facilities. These include computer clusters, wood, plastic and metal shops, multiple 2D and 3D printers, design library and resource room, cafe, lounges and auditorium with our own 24 hour security and bus service. All other academic and most studio classes will be on the main campus. This combination of venues offers lively environmental diversity relevant to the students’ exploratory growth.

Graduates of our program work as designers and creative directors at some of the leading firms in the country.