Course Description

Working independently, each student researches, conceptualizes and develops an in- depth project, across media channels, which uses design-thinking to address a contemporary issue.

Learning Outcomes

For the successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to develop strategy based on independent research.
  • Think critically and creatively to solve visual communication problems. Design and/or produce images and text that effectively communicate intended content.
  • Identify, evaluate and effectively respond to ethical issues as a citizen and a professional.
  • Present and defend his or her work to a client.


The following syllabus presents the college approved course requirements, learning outcomes, suggested weekly course outline, etc. Your students should meet the defined learning outcomes and COMD Standards, but please adapt the weekly outline, project guidelines, and grading scheme, as needed.

Model Course

This Model Course is an openly available, fully developed web-based instructional resource containing course info, learning outcomes, suggested weekly topics and projects, video resources, quizzes, rubics, grading policy, and more.

The model course is available for cloning on the OpenLab. While logged in, click on the “Clone This Course” link. Contact the OpenLab Team with questions.

If you use Blackboard, review the Model Course content and structure for use in your Blackboard course.

Course Coordination


Name: George Garrastegui

Title: Assistant Professor Communication Design

Email: ggarrastegui

Office: N1127

Phone: 718-260-5583

Coordination Site

This course uses the following coordination site:

Best Practices

Please review the Distance Education and Continuity Best Practices. These standards apply to all courses, whether web-enhanced, hybrid, or fully online, and may be used to inform peer evaluation of teaching.

Course Resources

This course utilizes the following Open Educational Resources (OER), zero cost resources, and/or required textbook :

  • Change by Design, Tim Brown
  • Writing and Research for Designers, Steven Heller
  • Graphic Design Thinking (Design Briefs), Ellen Lupton

BFA Resources

Please review and share the following resources with your BFA students.

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