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On Campus
Est. time to complete:

4 years
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Start your career in the growing field of UX Design. UX designers emphasize a positive customer experience and take the time to learn about people and their preferences through a deep understanding of end users.
The undergraduate Communication Design program graduates effective conceptual thinkers and creative problem-solvers in the areas of Graphic Design and User-Experience Design. In both concentrations, students begin by learning to use the basic elements and principles of design and apply design thinking and design process to learn concepts, technology, image-making, color theory, typography, user analysis and client needs, wireframing and prototyping as students create a wide and diverse visual means of communication.

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Why Earn a Communication Design Degree with a Concentration in User-Experience Design?

User-experience designers do more than merely design and implement digital interfaces. Students who complete the User-Experience Design track will be well prepared to embark on creative careers that allow them to work in teams, and create, implement and sustain effective and valuable products, services and systems.

The B.F.A. in Communication Design develops designers who are conceptual thinkers, creative problem solvers and socially responsible citizens. Our graduates are regularly recognized in national and international design competitions and have a high placement rate at top design, interactive and advertising firms throughout the country.

At the College of Visual Arts and Design, we change lives so you can change the world.

Marketable Skills
  • Design elements and principles implementation
  • Conceptual thinking and creative problem solving
  • Design process facilitation
  • Technology/software implementation
  • Professional visual design communication

Communication Design Degree with a Concentration in User-Experience Design Highlights

You'll receive instruction from faculty members who've worked as graphic designers, user experience researchers, and creative or art directors at top-tier design firms and advertising agencies.
Students have earned scholarships and awards at the Graphis New Talent Competition, the Dallas Society of Visual Communications' National Student Show and the American Advertising Awards competition.
A Living-Learning Community brings together art majors who live on campus to enhance academic and social experiences.
Dallas and Fort Worth design studios regularly seek interns from our Communication Design program.
The College of Visual Arts and Design is one of the nation's most comprehensive visual arts schools and one of the best in the Southwest, with facilities that include studios, workshops, Fabrication Lab and a visual resources library.
You'll be prepared for professional practice through studio courses and optional professional internships.

What Can You Do With a Communication Design Degree with a Concentration in User-Experience Design?

A bachelor's degree in Communication Design with a concentration in User-Experience Design can prepare you to become a(n):

  • UX Designer
  • Publication designer
  • Experience designer
  • Information architect
  • Interaction designer

UNT graduates' work consistently wins awards and is published annually in national publications such as Communication Arts and Print. Many graduates are employed in specialized design services, publishing, or advertising, public relations, and related services industries. They hold positions at Fossil, BBDO advertising agency, Quanta Magazine, Walmart, Pentagram-New York and Nike.

Communication Design Degree with a Concentration in User-Experience Design Courses You Could Take

Foundations of User-Centered Design (3 hrs)
Computer hardware and software and their application in User-Experience (UX) design.
Typographic Systems (3 hrs)
Introduction to typography, hierarchy, and systems with an emphasis on digital applications and the impact of type on usability.
Planning and Developing Interactive Systems (3 hrs)
Introduces students to the processes, methods, and technologies used in designing and developing complex interactive systems with an emphasis on user-centered design approaches.
The Design of Visual Information (3 hrs)
Introduces students to the design of complex data and information. An emphasis on how visual design and interaction principles impact users’ ability to understand and navigate the information.
Cause-Based User-Experience Design (3 hrs)
Exploring the role of User-Experience Design in addressing complex societal and cultural issues.
Contextual Research Methods (3 hrs)
Introduction to foundational contextual research methods for use in discovery and definition of interactive design systems.

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