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Communication, Media, Arts, and Design

Communication Design

Bachelor of Fine Arts


  • Oxford
  • Major
  • On Campus

Respond to the Present, Shape the Future

With a problem-solving format, students develop visual communication skills, explore the integration of type and images through a variety of traditional and computer media, and imaginatively deliver messages responsive to the needs of the sender and the receiving audience. Students learn to be aware of the cultural context in which they work.

Contact Info

Department of Art

Art Building 124, 400 S. Patterson Ave., Oxford, OH 45056

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Curriculum and Courses

The Communication Design program enables learners to gain the design thinking knowledge and skills required of practicing designers in areas like communication design, user experience design, and branding. You will grow these competencies through exercises, projects, and learning experiences designed to develop practical, analytical, creative, emotional, and social intelligences. Graduates are prepared to enter a wide range of design practices as adaptable problem solvers that consider context and stakeholder need as drivers for design.

  • ART 151 Becoming a People-Driven Designer

  • ART 248 Design Research Methods

  • ART 253 Design Systems

  • ART 254 Communication Design Studio

  • ART 353 The Business of Design

At Miami, there is something for everyone.

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Career Options

The sign on the door doesn't have to say "designer" for design to be part of your career. Design jobs can be found in design agencies, non-profits, in-house, and self-employed environments (to name a few).

Facts and Stats

Your college experience here will be one of the most exciting times of your life. To make sure of this, we’ll provide you with a powerful support system.

  • 90% First-to-second year retention

    Miami University Data

  • 21st Among Public Universities in the United States for Four-Year Graduation Rate

    The Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac

  • 96% of 2018-2019 graduates who were employed or furthering their education by fall 2019

    Miami University Data


Kara Isabella
  • Kara uses her human-centered skills to support communities worldwide. She founded Backyard Lots, a neighborhood-based program that transforms vacant lots in Cleveland's Slavic Village into safe, recreational youth spaces.

    Kara Isabella '12
    Visual Interaction Designer, UNICEF

Admission and Aid

This is Where Your Journey to Miami University Begins.

Explore what it means to be a college student at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where students prepare to go anywhere and everywhere. We’ll be here to help every step of the way as you prepare for college admission, enrollment, and success.

In addition to the entrance portfolio review required by the Department of Art, students pursuing a communication design major must undergo an additional portfolio review near the end of the second semester of the first year. This portfolio and interview process determines advancement into the degree program in the sophomore year. A limited number of students are admitted each year.

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