Communication Design Curriculum


The first three years of studio work for Communication Design students at DAAP is comprised of a broad range of courses, including foundational drawing and design, typography, design ideation, photodesign, and kinetic communication. These courses are supplemented with general education requirements, directed electives, design history, and interdisciplinary courses in design thinking and user-centered design. Students may also take relevant courses outside of the college. The spring semester of third year will be dedicated to presenting overviews of selected areas of concentration in visual communication: print-based design, time-based design, and interaction design. Following this sequence, students may decide to focus on one of these three critical areas. Subsequent studios will refine and develop specific or general skills and be enhanced with further study in design history, methodology, research methods, and global studies.

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