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.

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In this bachelor of fine arts (B.F.A.) degree program, design classes are modeled on professional practice. You will develop your ability to solve real-world problems along with a variety of skills in graphic media. Your coursework will explore the creative process, communications theory, design history, and project management, in addition to illustration, photography, typography, and production processes.

You will work individually and in various group collaborations. Projects incorporate advertising, marketing, packaging, publication, web and social media, and best business practices. Your hard work culminates in our annual two-day senior portfolio show in New York City, open to design professionals in the tri-state area.

You also have the opportunity to study abroad in London, England, through Syracuse University Abroad. This program offers you the opportunity to take courses in design and contemporary design history, complemented by studio and academic electives, in a world capital renowned for its cutting-edge design.

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

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Below are the general program requirements for the B.F.A. degree in communications design.

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Major requirements: 51 credits
Art history requirements: 12 credits
Academic requirements: 6 credits
Academic electives: 24 credits
Studio electives: 18 credits
Free electives: 9 credits
Total Credits: 120