Communication Design

Your Future in Communication Design

Communication design is the study of giving visual form to messages. Sometimes those messages are:

  • Informative
  • Persuasive
  • Entertaining

A communication designerís skill is transforming those messages into powerful visual artifacts that resonate with audiences. Using a combination of creative, aesthetic and technical skills, a communication designer can create everything from product packaging and web sites to advertisements, magazine covers and story layouts.

Pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Communication Design at the University of North Texas can prepare you to become a(n):

  • Advertising art director
  • Graphic designer
  • Interactive media designer
  • Publication designer
  • Creative director

An advanced degree is not required for the profession, but you need a Master of Fine Arts degree to teach communication design at the college level.

Alumni work is published annually in national publications such as Communication Arts and Print and consistently wins awards from reviewers. UNT graduates hold positions at Fossil, Neiman Marcus, Pentagram-New York and Nike.

What we offer

Our program produces effective conceptual thinkers and creative problem solvers in art direction and graphic design. You will gain the ability to generate original, creative messages and ideas as well as have a professional portfolio to submit to potential employers.

You will receive instruction from faculty members who have worked as creative directors, art directors or graphic designers at top-tier design firms and advertising agencies. Their expertise combined with our rigorous curriculum has earned us recognition as one of the nationís best programs. Our students have also earned scholarships and numerous recognitions at the Dallas Society of Visual Communications National Student Show and the annual ADDY Awards competitions in Dallas and Fort Worth.

A Residents Engaged in Academic Living Community (REAL Community) brings together art majors who live on campus to enhance academic and social experiences.

The university is conveniently located near major art museums, galleries, numerous advertising and interior design businesses in the Dallas-Fort Worth region that provide you with valuable resources and experiences beyond classroom instruction. Dallas and Fort Worth design studios regularly seek interns from our Communication Design program.

Scholarships are available to help you pursue your education. Scholarship information is available on our website.

The College of Visual Arts and Design is one of the nationís most comprehensive visual arts schools and one of the best in the Southwest. It is housed in five buildings, which include classrooms, computer labs, faculty offices, studios, a workshop and a visual resources library. Artwork is displayed in the UNT Art Gallery and the Cora Stafford Gallery.

What to expect

You will need to meet the College of Visual Arts and Designís admission requirements to be qualified as a pre-major. These requirements are in addition to the ones administered by the university.

Moving into major status requires completing necessary course work and a Communication Design Entry Portfolio Review. Additional portfolio reviews are conducted by Communication Design faculty members to determine if you may continue in the program, and a senior exit review is required before graduation. Your course work will focus on:

  • Art direction
  • Art history
  • Computer applications
  • Conceptual image creation
  • Graphic design
  • Motion graphics
  • Packaging design
  • Photography
  • Publication design
  • Typography
  • Web site design

Our Career Center, Learning Center and professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting handson experience in your major. The Learning Center offers workshops on speed reading, study skills and time management. Academic advisors will help you plan your class schedule each semester.

How to enroll at UNT

High school students

We encourage you to fulfill the graduation requirements for the distinguished level of achievement under the Texas Foundation, Recommended or Distinguished Achievement high school program or the equivalent.

In your junior year, take the SAT or the ACT and have your scores sent to UNT.

In your senior year, apply for admission at Apply Texas by March 1 and request that your high school transcript be sent to the UNT admissions office.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses can count toward college credit at UNT.

Transfer students

If you're attending a Texas community college, you should consult our online transfer guides, the UNT Undergraduate Catalog and an academic counselor or advisor to review your degree plan. Proper planning will allow you to receive the maximum amount of transfer credits.

Our Transfer Center will help you make a successful transition to college life at UNT by connecting you with a peer mentor and other campus resources. Each year, 3,900 students transfer to UNT. More information about the center is at