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Bachelor of Fine Arts in:

Communication Design

Kutztown University's degree in Communication Design (CD) is a Bachelor of Fine Arts program, the preferred degree as stipulated by the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). Communication Design is both Middle States and NASAD accredited.

The Communication Design Department has more than 200 students within the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Kutztown University. The program attracts students from all over the eastern United States as well as from places as far away as China, India, Japan and Germany.

The four-year curriculum is structured to lay a common foundation of art and design knowledge in the freshman and sophomore years and then to allow building specialized knowledge through upper-level coursework in Graphic Design, Advertising Design, Illustration and Interactive Design.

Visit the CD Department website's curriculum page for course-by-course and semester-by-semester preview of the CD program.

Students with a departmental GPA of 3.0 and a concentration in Graphic Design, Advertising Design or Interactive Design have the option of taking an internship to gain experience beyond the classroom during their senior year. Internships are considered an honor for qualifying students and an asset for students' resumes. Internships are conducted at design, advertising or media firms approved by the department. Some 35 organizations and communication design firms are now active participants in this program. Students are required to be at their internship forty hours a week for seven and a half weeks during either the first or second half of the semester. This training provides a practical arena for students to test their skills and to pick up additional knowledge.

Career Opportunities
Graduates carry these skills into the business and academic world. The highly creative and thought provoking work of graduates from the Communication Design Department informs and persuades on behalf of clients in a wide range of organizations and professions.  Students who graduate with a degree in Communication Design can find work in advertising firms, media outlets, the non-profit and government sectors, and in private design-related businesses.

Visit the Communication Design Department Site

Communication Design Admission Requirements

In addition to the general admission requirements for KU, students interested in Communication Design must also complete separate admission requirements, including a portfolio or art test. Please see the CD Department website for more information.

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