Communication design has never been more relevant than it is now. If you want to become a creative professional guiding the visual design, graphic design, or interaction design industry, Parsons’ AAS Communication Design program (formerly called AAS Graphic Design)
offers you a community in which to develop the conceptual foundation and skills you need. Leading the AAS program are accomplished designers whose professional experience and networks help you enter and thrive in this growing industry.
This program is part of Parsons’ School of Art, Media, and Technology (AMT).
This program explores communication design in relation to society and culture, with a focus on transdisciplinary approaches. This rigorous and intensive program builds on your life experience and academic capacities, giving you a solid foundation in typography
and interaction. You then progress to advanced topics including editorial design, branding, digital product design, and advertising design. You learn to design for print and digital media, exploring user experience design, publication design, motion
design, and printmaking. As a New School student, you also have the opportunity to take electives across the university in related fields: psychology, philosophy, and fashion design, to name a few.
AAS student designers deepen their professional abilities, master collaborative processes, and add published work to their portfolios through assignments that mirror real-world communication design challenges. Faculty help you submit work for professional
competitions that open doors in the industry. Notable AAS alumni include Alex Chung, founder of Giphy; Jennica Bocchino, art director for the New York Times’ T Brand Studio; and Sanchi Oberoi, winner of the 2018 American Graphic Design Award, presented
by GD USA magazine.
The AAS Communication Design curriculum combines historical foundations of the discipline with conceptual approaches and analytical methods for addressing design challenges. The first semester is an intensive survey of the basics, covering core concepts of typography and interaction design. You acquire a critical understanding of typography as a reflection of content and context and learn to use type, imagery, and visual forms to communicate strategically and effectively. You also develop your
ability to evaluate the implications of your aesthetic decisions. In coursework focused on interaction design, you investigate the structure and behavior of interactive systems. This study enables you to design products and services that meet human
needs — from computers and mobile devices to appliances and beyond. You then apply these foundational skills to cross-media explorations in diverse advanced electives.
Students from a variety of backgrounds enroll in the AAS Communication Design program, studying full-time or part-time at our Greenwich Village campus. The program is designed to be completed in four semesters of full-time study, but students who bring
transfer credits may complete the program faster. Most students finish the program in about three semesters. The program schedule allows you to undertake internships, in which you apply your learning and engage with industry professionals as you prepare
to join the creative workforce.
The Associate in Applied Science degree is awarded for completion of 60 credits of coursework. Students may transfer undergraduate credits from other programs or institutions. For more information, please contact the Admission Office. Students must maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade point average and fulfill all program requirements in a timely manner.
This curriculum applies to students who enter Parsons' AAS Communication Design program in fall 2019 and after. To view degree requirements for the AAS Graphic Design program from prior years, visit the spring 2019 curriculum page or the Academic Catalogs archive.
Associate’s Degree (AAS) in Communication Design2 years, 60 creditsCan be completed full-time or part-timeA professionally oriented course of study that provides essential foundation training and skills development,
enabling students to build a competitive portfolio and launch a new career in their chosen industry. Best suited to students who have previous college experience in an unrelated field and want to change careers.
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Communication Design4 years, 120 creditsFull-time undergraduate major (also offered as a minorA holistic degree program that immerses students in challenging studio courses, art history and critical theory,
as well as the wider world of liberal arts. The course of study culminates in a thesis and qualifies alumni for further graduate study. Best suited to first-time college students.
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Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Communication Design1 year, 30 creditsFull-time graduate programA professionally oriented program that trains students in highly advanced, specialized design methods and technical
skills, enabling students to advance their existing design practice. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in a related design field and/or work experience in graphic design and visual communications.
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The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree program is most suitable for mature students with some college experience who are clear about their interests in the field of design and prepared for rapid immersion in a professional course of study. The
typical student has a bachelor's or an advanced degree and work experience in a field other than design. Admission to the program is based on the prospective student’s maturity, desire to pursue further education, previous accomplishments, and potential
for growth. Applicants must have graduated from high school at least two years before to be eligible to apply.
Priority Application Deadlines:
We will continue to review applications submitted after the priority deadlines have passed if space is available in the program.
Financial Aid Deadlines
All applicants are required to apply online. Save your work frequently and print a copy for your records. You must complete all required fields and uploads prior to submission.
Any additional supporting documents that need to be sent by mail must include an
Application Materials Cover Sheet. All supporting materials must be received before your application can be reviewed.
See below for additional information regarding submission of transcripts and recommendations.
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Pascal Glissmann, Program Director