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Minor in Communication Design

The Communication Design Minor takes an interdisciplinary approach to introduce students to the elements and principles of design to better understand the creative process and key technologies applied to the design of visual, video, print and online mediums. The Communication Design Minor combines hands-on learning with an understanding of historical, cultural and professional contexts.  

Administered by: The Creative School 

Exclusions: This Minor is not available to students in the following programs:

  • Interior Design
  • Fashion Communication
  • Fashion students admitted Fall 2020 and after 

A maximum of two courses from a student’s major area of study can be applied to the Minor.

Fashion Design students may apply a maximum of two required courses to the Minor.

Professional Communication (opens in new window)  students may apply a maximum of two CMN courses to the Minor.

Graphic Communications Management (opens in new window)  students may apply a maximum of two GCM courses to the Minor.

Creative Industries (opens in new window)  students may apply a maximum of two Required courses, or Table I Core Elective, or Table II Core Elective courses to the Minor.

To receive this Minor, students must complete six (6) courses from the following curriculum:


One (1) of the following:

  • CMN 448 Introduction to Visual Communication
  • CMN 601 Visual Communications: A Critical Approach

Plus the following two (2) courses:


Plus three (3) electives from the following elective lists:

Minimum of one (1) to a maximum of two (2) of the following:

Elective Group 1 Theory and History Contexts

  • FSN 503 Design, Text and Ideas
  • RTA 938 Digital Popular Cultures
  • CRI 750 Emerging Media and Business Models
  • FCD 240 History of Art and Design: Global Survey
  • FSN 203 History of Design
  • IRL 100 Introduction to World Art I: Pictorial Art
  • NPF 562 Media and Communication
  • IRL 500 Modern and Contemporary Art (or IDF 250 Contemporary Art
  • and Design)
  • ENG 705 Studies in Visual Cultures
  • ENG 590 Studies in Word and Image
  • FCD 558 Intro to Design Thinking
  • GCM 710 The Art of the Book
  • NPF 558 Intro to Design Thinking
  • SEM 102 Introduction to Visual Semiotics
  • RMG 905 Design, Commerce and Culture

Minimum of one (1) to a maximum of two (2) of the following:

Elective Group 2 Professional and Practice-based Contexts

  • CMN 310 Communication with Colour
  • CRI 520 Design Management
  • RTA 102 Creative Process for Media Production
  • FCD 815 Design Solutions Supercourse I
  • FCD 825 Design Solutions Supercourse II
  • MKT 535 Integrated Marketing Communication
  • CMN 279 Introduction to Professional Communication
  • GCM 738 Photoshopped! The Art of Image Retouching
  • GCM 230 Typography
  • NNS 102 Understanding Multimedia Journalism
  • JRN 106 Visualizing Facts
  • MPC 101 Visual Studies I: Design Fundamentals

Please see Senate Policy 2 (opens in new window) , Section 7.4 for further information about Minors.