2014-2015 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Sep 23, 2021  
2014-2015 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Communications Design, BFA

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Robert Cooney, racooney@syr.edu
Department of Design, Warehouse, 3rd Floor, 315-443-2455


Robert Cooney, Kenneth Hine, Roderick Martinez, William Padgett

This B.F.A. degree program introduces a field offering almost unlimited options and professional opportunities. Its unique structure enables students to pursue either a broad range of interests or to specialize in one or two particular areas of communications design. Corporate graphics and identity systems, advertising, packaging, environmental graphics, exhibition design, direct mail and direct response marketing, magazine or book design, television and film graphics, and electronic and interactive media are some of the most common areas of study. The program is designed to accommodate almost any relevant interest.

The courses emphasize, above all else, the conceptual and strategic aspects of marketing and communications design as well as the development of basic skills, the use of technology, and the historical and theoretical foundations of the field.

All Communications Design majors must maintain 2.0 GPA or above in CMD to remain current and enrolled in the major. If a student receives a grade below a C in any of the CMD classes, he/she will be placed on CMD probation for the following semester. Any student placed on CMD probation for a total of two semesters, consecutive or nonconsecutive, will be dropped from the CMD major. An appeal to be reinstated to the major can only be made by submitting a current portfolio, a current transcript and a letter of recommendation from a faculty member outside the CMD program. This package would be sent to the Program Coordinator of Communications Design by October 1 in the Fall semester for Spring reentry and March 1 in the Spring semester for Fall reentry. The appeal for reinstatement case will be reviewed by a committee made up of all the full-time CMD faculty and one student representative from the senior class. There must be a unanimous positive vote of the committee members to reinstate the student.

Major Requirements

First Year, Fall Semester

Total Credits: 16-19

First Year, Spring Semester

  • Art or design history 3
  • FND Studio 3
  • FND Studio 3
  • Elective 3
  • Elective 3
  • Elective (optional) 3

Total Credits: 15-18

Sophomore Year, Fall Semester

Total Credits: 18

Total Credits: 18

Junior Year, Fall Semester

Total Credits: 15

Junior Year, Spring Semester

Total Credits: 18

Senior Year, Fall Semester

Total Credits: 15

Senior Year, Spring Semester

Total Credits: 15

Foundation 30

Studio concentration 39

Art history 6

Academic electives 21

Studio electives 24

Academic requirement 6

Total Credits: 126


* Three semesters of DES 281 - Design Symposium  * , are required, for a total of three credits.

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