Communication Design Major
informative. technological. branding. Your world is embedded with information. It comes in so many forms: newspapers, magazines, social media, televisions, the internet, billboards, packaging, brochures, exhibitions, mobile devices … the list goes on. As a future designer, art director or creative director in an intense and ever-changing global community, you will create work that informs and educates in new and inspiring ways and always through the lens of user experience. Your Communication Design coursework begins with a focus on two-dimensional design and then quickly expands to include three- and four-dimensional skills. You will study typography, advertising, packaging and web design and learn a range of technologies to prepare you to communicate ideas in a variety of media. Visit the Communication Design Image Gallery to see examples of these works.
Walk through MIAD’s new Communication Design studios and classrooms, the Emerging Technology Center, Innovation Center and more!
Throughout the Communication Design program, you’ll have opportunities to build your portfolio through specialized electives, and work in design internships in Milwaukee and beyond. Our program allows you to focus on those things that interest you most while preparing you for an ever-changing marketplace. By graduation, you will have been exposed to a wide range of experiences that will result in the creation of a complete and unique professional portfolio. MIAD’s highly successful Communication Design graduates fill important positions at established advertising agencies and design firms, as well as in-house roles at major corporations and other organizations. Many of these graduates have gone on to head their own successful creative businesses. The education you receive from our program—which continues to be listed as one of the top graphic design programs in the country by Graphic Design USA Magazine—will prepare you for any of these career paths and more. Read more about our Communication Design Alumni Success Stories.
To the casual observer, a communication designer may seem relatively passive – sitting at a computer, clicking away, squinting at a screen covered with a myriad of crisscrossing lines and typographic forms. But to you, the designer, the world is incredibly active – an unending flurry of ideas, options, information and deadlines. Even in the simplest assignment – say creating a unique logo from your initials – the choices are infinite.