Communication Design, Associate in Applied Science



Program Code: 0165

Program Requirements

General Education Coursework
ENGLISH 101Composition3
General Education Mathematics course (MATH 118 or higher)3
FIN ART 107History of Architecture, Painting & Sculpture I3
Fine Arts & Humanities course 13
Social and Behavioral Sciences course 13
Required Program Core
COM DSGN 101Introduction to Communication Design3
COM DSGN 102Website Design I3
COM DSGN 104Digital Photography3
COM DSGN 132Publication Design3
COM DSGN 150Graphic Design I3
COM DSGN 202Website Design II3
COM DSGN 212Motion Graphics I3
COM DSGN 213Motion Graphics II3
COM DSGN 224Digital Typography3
COM DSGN 250Graphic Design II3
COM DSGN 298Design Studio3
ART 144Two Dimensional Design3
MEDIACM 240Minicam & Videotape Editing3
Required Work-Based Learning Courses
COM DSGN 290Practicum Internship3
Program Electives
Select a minimum of 3 credit hours of the following recommended courses or others as suggested by a College Advisor:3
General Drawing
Advanced General Drawing
Digital Audio
Hist Of Arch Paint Sculp II
Mini-Cam & Video Editing II
Intro to Interactive Media
Total Hours60

One of the courses must fulfill the Human Diversity requirement.


This is an example course sequence for students interested in earning a degree in Communications Design. It does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If the pathway is followed as outlined, you will earn a Basic Certificate in Print Design, a Basic Certificate in Web Page Design, an Advanced Certificate in Communication Design and an Associate in Applied Science degree in Communications Design. One course will satisfy the Human Diversity (HD) requirement, and is labeled with an (HD) in the sequence below.

Semester-by-Semester Program Plan for Full-Time Students

All plans can be modified to fit the needs of part-time students by adding more semesters.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
ENGLISH 101 Composition 1 3
COM DSGN 101 Introduction to Communication Design 3
COM DSGN 104 Digital Photography 3
FIN ART 107 History of Architecture, Painting & Sculpture I 1 3
ART 144 Two Dimensional Design 3
Semester 2
COM DSGN 224 Digital Typography 3
COM DSGN 150 Graphic Design I 3
MATH 118 General Education Math 1 4
Social and Behavioral Sciences course 1 3
Fine Arts & Humanities (HD) 1 3
Semester 3
COM DSGN 102 Website Design I 3
COM DSGN 132 Publication Design 3
COM DSGN 212 Motion Graphics I 3
COM DSGN 250 Graphic Design II 3
MEDIACM 240 Minicam & Videotape Editing 3
Semester 4
COM DSGN 202 Website Design II 3
COM DSGN 298 Design Studio 3
COM DSGN 213 Motion Graphics II 3
COM DSGN 290 Practicum Internship 3
Program Elective 2 3
 Total Hours61

General Education Requirement


Select a minimum of 3 credit hours of the recommended courses or others as suggested by a College Advisor.

Program Electives 

ART 131General Drawing3
ART 132Advanced General Drawing3
DMD 115Digital Audio3
FIN ART 108Hist Of Arch Paint Sculp II3
MEDIACM 250Mini-Cam & Video Editing II3
MEDIACM 271Intro to Interactive Media3
Or other courses as suggested by a College Advisor3

Choose your courses with your College Advisor.


This program can prepare students for the jobs listed below. Click on each one to learn more, including average earnings, annual job openings, and how much education people in that field have. For additional guidance and resources on career options, current City Colleges students and alumni can contact the Career Services Office.

Prepress Technicians and Workers

Job Description

Format and proof text and images submitted by designers and clients into finished pages that can be printed. Includes digital and photo typesetting. May produce printing plates.

Salary Based on Experience Level

Take a look at the average hourly/annual earnings for this career in Cook County

Lightcast earnings figures are based on OES data from the BLS and include base rate, cost of living allowances, guaranteed pay, hazardous-duty pay, incentive pay (including commissions and bonuses), on-call pay, and tips.

Annual Wages

Entry-Level 10th Percentile$29,775
Median 50th Percentile$43,746
Senior-Level 90th Percentile$64,829

Hourly Wages

Entry-Level 10th Percentile$14
Median 50th Percentile$21
Senior-Level 90th Percentile$31

Annual Job Openings

66 annual openings in Cook County

National Education Attainment

Here, you can see the level of education that people in this career complete.

Degree Program% of Jobs
A high school diploma or less41.48%
A certificate9.47%
Some college20.65%
An Associate degree23.19%
A Bachelor's degree5.20%
A Master's or Professional degree0.00%
A Doctoral degree or more0.00%

5.20% continue their education beyond an associate degree