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Communication Design Minor (formerly Graphic Design)

At this time, we are not accepting new applications to the minor.

At Miami, Communication Design minors can:

  • Gain an ability to effectively organize verbal and visual information for various audiences.
  • Experience the processes of design thinking (concepting, prototyping, iteration, testing) to solve communication design problems in print and interactive environments.
  • Develop a working knowledge of various aesthetic and design principles.


Through this collection of communication design intensive courses and supporting electives, students will gain the skills and experience necessary to craft meaningful visual communication outcomes that will support their main area of study and career goals.


A minimum 2.50 GPA is required for admittance to the minor and is required for all courses in the minor. Students planning to take this minor should consult a faculty advisor in photography, printmaking, or painting.

Communication Design Minor Requirements and Courses

Prerequisite for admission to the minor
ART/IMS 259 Art and Digital Tools

Core Courses
ART 343 The Art of Visual Presentation
ART 344 Graphic Design Prototyping
ART 345 Personal Branding

Electives (pick nine/ten hours from the following)
CCA 111 Innovation, Creativity and Design Thinking
ART 256 Design, Perception & Audience
ART 353 The Business of Design
ART 455 Design History and Cultural Contexts
ART 453 Highwire Brand Studio (permission of instructor required)
ART450 Alternative Hand Media
IMS 440 Armstrong Interactive (permission of instructor required)

The Miami University Bulletin series is the official source of information about the programs and courses of study offered at Miami University.

For more information:

Department of Art
124 Art Building