Communication Design Resources

Course Descriptions

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  • Introduces the field of Communication Design including terminology, creative visual thinking/problem solving, layout design, tools, and materials.

  • An introduction to digital imaging emphasizing visual strategies, techniques, and concepts.

  • This course introduces the evolution and development of alphabets, letter forms, and typography in relationship to visual expression and communication.

  • Focuses on concept development and ideation strategies through the production of various design forms. 

  • For Interior Design majors only. Introduces rendering techniques, three-dimensional graphics, and digital imaging for visual presentations.

  • Students will develop advertising concepts that relate to the creative strategies, marketing platforms, and psychology specific to client-based communication, and the type of media used.

  • Focuses on the design process and concept development of trademark design (i.e., logo design, corporate identity, iconographic systems). The class emphasizes incorporating historic and contemporary methodologies and practices of trademark design within the context of the communication design discipline.

  • Focuses on the creation and application of integrated brand communication systems. Students will develop comprehensive brand identities, typographic elements and layout designs for print and digital media.

  • Introduction to Web Site design, construction and basic User Interface design. Exploration of the elements of HTML and CSS along with basic timebased media.

  • Introduces media and illustration methods for basic image development.

  • This course uses advanced digital and traditional imaging as it applies to visual and verbal problem solving. The class emphasizes incorporating drawing, photography and appropriated images in order to reinforce and extend the possibilities of sourcing and manipulation of images digitally.

  • This course traces communication design history, through examples of social, political, cultural, technological and economic perspectives, from the end of the 19th century to the present. Students examine how past and current design practices, theory and aesthetics inform and shape the discipline of communication design and contemporary society.

  • Introduces advanced issues in page structure and composition, content organization and management, typographic hierarchies, typeface selection, and typesetting.

  • A course in which all graduating seniors must participate during their last academic year. Work will be examined and evaluated while displayed in the Exit Review.

  • Students develop strategic messages across print, digital, and social media and evaluate how conceptual direction and message must shift to accommodate various media. Students strengthen their verbal and visual conceptual skills and elevate their research abilities to create dynamic advertising campaigns, and unify brand position with communication.

  • This course allows students to create art direction projects based on individual professional goals. Faculty will assess each portfolio at the beginning of the course. Students will then address their portfolio content and work to create a body of art direction pieces.

  • Continues the study of letter form, typography, image and concept relationships for effective communication.

  • Introduces a multidiscipline- based design practice centered around exterior and interior built environments. Students examine the visual, theoretical and applied aspects of defining a place through wayfinding, identity and information design.

  • Advanced Web Site design, construction and User Interface design. Builds upon the concepts and techniques learned in ARTC 3307. Explores advanced Web authoring with Content Management Systems, design for multiple platforms and advanced Web typography.

  • Mobile application design. Exploration of User Interface design and Experience design for mobile devices. Students will learn to prototype applications that connect the physical and digital worlds.

  • Students are placed in regional graphic design firms and advertising agencies to gain professional design/art experience. May be repeated with different emphasis for additional credit.

  • An illustration course using digital media to execute illustrations in a wide range of genres. Emphasis will be placed on developing unique approaches to manipulate traditional illustration techniques through digital means, as well as the creation of original digital illustration solutions.

  • The study of traditional and digital illustration techniques for editorial publication assignments.

  • An independent study requiring complex problem solving in Communication Design. Goals and objectives will be outlined in a written format. May be repeated with different emphasis for additional credit.

  • A category of courses designed to meet special needs and address issues in communication design ranging from traditional to nontraditional topics and contemporary issues.

  • The study and practice of various animation techniques.

  • This course introduces students to the business and legal issues relating to communication design.

  • This course introduces issues in digital video production and editing.

  • This course introduces issues and applications in the production of motion graphics and special effects for digital video.

  • This course emphasizes basic skills of character/plot development and storytelling, action and background drawing and development of characters in unique styles.

  • A beginning illustration course focusing on learning to render with specific illustration techniques, including traditional black and white line and tone styles, watercolor and acrylic painting techniques and other materials such as collage, scratchboard and monoprint styles.

  • Exploration and experimental usage of the written word integrated with visual imagery by using digital and traditional photographic, illustration, and other graphic elements utilized in poster design.

  • This capstone course focuses on preparations for entry into professional practice via production of a final portfolio presentation, creation of a resume, business card, and self-promotions, and preparation for the interview process. This course is to be taken concurrently with Exit Review during the final semester before graduation.

  • This course will cover concept and content development, design, and execution of single edition and limited edition books through lectures, demonstrations, and studio work. Emphasis placed on creativity, problem solving, organizational ability, technical precision, and independent work ethic.

Internship Program

ARTC4310 Communication Design Practicum

The internship is open to all Communication Design majors who have been accepted into the upper division. To gain credit for an internship, students must work in an approved design/advertising firm for a minimum of 140 hours. Although most of our interns work with Austin and San Antonio firms, ComDes students have held internships all over the United States and in Europe. The internship course will replace an ARTC upper division elective.

To find out more about the program, contact the Internship Coordinator, Holly Sterling, or talk to your advisor. 

AIGA Student Group

AIGA is the national organization dedicated to the professional design community. AIGA Texas State Student Group, an affiliate of the AIGA Austin chapter, is dedicated to bringing design students together with their professional counterparts in Austin and San Antonio through studio visits, talks and AIGA events.