Communications students looking at work in the Hunt Library

Our Bachelor of Design in Communications program prepares students to become future leaders in diverse fields.

This program is structured to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of effective communication across diverse media. As you explore design's social, cultural, environmental, and ethical dimensions, you’ll be challenged to question norms, confront the issues posed by a proliferation of information, combat disinformation, and address complex social issues through your design work.

A student looking at a poster.

We integrate a multitude of technologies into communication design practices to ensure you have access to relevant tools, software, and resources to explore print and digital media—creating dynamic and responsive systems. Working alongside faculty and peers, you’ll learn to cultivate a proactive mindset, refine your skill sets, and gain a deep understanding of the contexts in which your design work is situated.

This interdisciplinary approach allows you to explore connections between Design and other fields, such as human-computer interaction, psychology, business, and the arts—encouraging you to think beyond traditional design boundaries. You are encouraged to explore these interconnections, developing a comprehensive understanding of how your ideas can both influence and be influenced by these larger contexts.

Our goal is to graduate communications designers who are thinkers who can design, who can creatively solve problems, and who have the aesthetic sense to visualize their ideas and the technical skill to execute them.

Professional Associations

  • American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) (National and local chapters)
  • Interaction Design Association (IxDA)
  • Society for Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD)
  • Society of Illustrators
  • Association Typographique Internationale (ATypI)


Our students find jobs in very diverse companies: Adobe, Apple, Google, IBM, Microsoft, New York Times, Washington Post, , Asana, Landesberg Design, EA Games, and more. Others continue their education and pursue advanced graduate degrees.