THE BACHELOR OF ARTS IN COMMUNICATION DESIGN

Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree: 120 units

See "Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree" in The University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements. A minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division.

A suggested Major Academic Plan (MAP) has been prepared to help students meet all graduation requirements within four years. Please request a plan from your major adviser or view it and other current advising information on the CSU, Chico Web.

Please see General Education, Cultural Diversity, American Institutions, and Literacy Requirements under the BA in Communication Studies.

Course Requirements for the Major: 51-63 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this degree. Additional required courses, depending upon the selected option or advising pattern, are outlined following the degree core program requirements.

DEGREE CORE PROGRAM: 18 units

6 courses required:
CDES101Introduction to Communication3.0FS
CDES102Principles of Comm Design3.0FS
CDES103Writing for Electronic Media3.0FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 130.
CDES206Intro Photo Com & Dig Imaging3.0FS
CDES307Technology and Communication3.0FS
Prerequisites: CDES 102.
CDES303Communication Criticism3.0FS WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher.

Major Option Course Requirements: 33-45 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required dependent upon the option chosen. Students must select one of the following options for completion of the major course requirements.

THE OPTION IN GRAPHIC DESIGN: 45 units

All students take the Option Core for 9 units and select an advising pattern for 28 to 37 additional units, depending on the pattern chosen.

OPTION CORE: 8 units

2 courses required:
CDES132Visual Communictn Concepts-D2.0FS
CDES281Print as Digital Output Medium3.0FS
1 course selected from:
CDES313Basic Advertising Copywriting3.0FS
Prerequisites: CDES 103 or JOUR 260.
ENGL230Intro to Technical Writing3.0FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 130.
MGMT300Communication in Business3.0FS WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher.

PORTFOLIO REQUIREMENT

The successful completion of a Portfolio Review is necessary for entry into upper-division Graphic Design course work. The portfolio is comprised of work from ARTS 125 ARTS 122, CDES 230, and CDES 206, and is reviewed by Visual Communication faculty.

Level One (Pre-Portfolio): 10 units

3 courses required:
ARTS122Color Theory3.0FS
ARTS125Basic Drawing3.0FS
CDES230Visual Comm Portfolio Review1.0FS
Prerequisites: ARTS 122, ARTS 125, CDES 132, CDES 206, or faculty permission.
1 course selected from:
ARTS101Art History Survey3.0FS *
ARTS102Art History Survey3.0FS *

Level Two: 21 units

7 courses required:
CDES214Computer Graphics3.0FS
CDES282Digital Pre-publishing I3.0FS
Prerequisites: CDES 114, CDES 281, or faculty permission.
CDES331History of Graphic Design3.0SP
CDES332Letterforms3.0FS
Prerequisites: CDES 230.
CDES333Graphic Visualization3.0FS
Prerequisites: CDES 230 for CDES majors. Other majors require instructor permission.
CDES334Typography I3.0FS
Prerequisites: CDES 230, CDES 282; concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of CDES 214.
CDES434Typography II3.0FS
Prerequisites: CDES 334.

Level Three: 3 units

1 course selected from:
CDES327Visual Information Design3.0FS
Prerequisites: CDES 214, CDES 282.
CDES335Advertising Design3.0FA
Prerequisites: CDES 333 or CDES 334.
CDES337Packaging3.0SP
Prerequisites: CDES 333, CDES 334.
CDES396Inter. Photo & Digital Imaging3.0FS
Prerequisites: CDES 206 (with a grade of C or higher).
CDES431Publication Design3.0FA
Prerequisites: CDES 333, CDES 334.
CDES432Environmental Graphic Design3.0FA
Prerequisites: CDES 333, CDES 334.
CDES435Corporate Design Systems3.0SP
Prerequisites: CDES 333, CDES 334.
CDES436Kinetic Typography3.0SP
Prerequisites: CDES 214 and CDES 282, or faculty permission.
CDES496App Photo & Digital Imaging3.0FS
Prerequisites: CDES 396.

Level Four: 3 units

1 course required:
CDES439Design Workshop2.05.0FS
Prerequisites: CDES 333, CDES 434, faculty permission.

CDES 439 must be taken for 3 units.

THE OPTION IN INTERNET COMMUNICATION: 36-39 units

All students take the Option Core (12 units) and elective courses (6 units) for a total of 18 units, and select an advising pattern for 18-21 additional units, depending on the pattern chosen.

OPTION CORE: 12 units

4 courses required:
CDES281Print as Digital Output Medium3.0FS
CDES222Intro to WWW Design & Pub3.0FS
CDES322Advanced WWW Design & Publish3.0FS
Prerequisites: CDES 222.
CDES323Human Interface Design3.0FA
Prerequisites: CDES 222.

ELECTIVES 6 units

2 courses selected from:
CDES311Electronic Media Regulation3.0FS
Prerequisites: CDES 261 (with a grade of C or higher) or faculty permission.
CDES315Electronic Media Economics3.0FA
Prerequisites: CDES 261 (with a grade of C or higher) or faculty permission.
CDES317Info & Comm Technologies3.0FS
CDES319New Telecom Technology3.0SP
Prerequisites: Senior standing or faculty permission.
CDES327Visual Information Design3.0FS
Prerequisites: CDES 214, CDES 282.
CDES425Prod Planning & Est for WWW3.0FS
Prerequisites: CDES 222.
CDES429WWW Practicum3.0FS
Prerequisites: CDES 222 or faculty permission. Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, CDES 323 is recommended.

Advising Pattern Course Requirements: 18-21 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required depending upon the advising pattern chosen. Students must select one of the following advising patterns for completion of the major course requirements.

FORMAL MINOR PATTERN: 18-21 units

Students who select the Formal Minor Advising Pattern in the Internet Communication Option are required to complete a formal minor in either Computer Science (21 units) or Management Information Systems (18 units).

WWW MEDIA DEVELOPMENT PATTERN: 18 units

6 courses required:
CDES214Computer Graphics3.0FS
CDES282Digital Pre-publishing I3.0FS
Prerequisites: CDES 114, CDES 281, or faculty permission.
CDES314Intro Multimedia Dsgn & Dev3.0FA
Prerequisites: Basic computer literacy, faculty permission.
CDES396Inter. Photo & Digital Imaging3.0FS
Prerequisites: CDES 206 (with a grade of C or higher).
CDES414Adv Multimedia Dsgn & Develop3.0SP
Prerequisites: CDES 314.
CDES429WWW Practicum3.0FS
Prerequisites: CDES 222 or faculty permission. Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, CDES 323 is recommended.

THE OPTION IN MEDIA ARTS: 33 units

OPTION CORE: 15 units

5 courses required:
CDES141Media Aesthetics3.0FS
CDES216Introduction to Audio in Media3.0FS
CDES261Found of Electronic Media3.0FS
CDES311Electronic Media Regulation3.0FS
Prerequisites: CDES 261 (with a grade of C or higher) or faculty permission.
CDES366Field Video Production3.0FS
Prerequisites: CDES 103, CDES 206, CDES 216; CDES 141, CDES 261 (both with a grade of C or higher).

WRITING: 3 units

1 course selected from:
CDES313Basic Advertising Copywriting3.0FS
Prerequisites: CDES 103 or JOUR 260.
CDES343Narrative Scriptwriting3.0FS
Prerequisites: CDES 103.
CDES363Broadcast News3.0FS
Prerequisites: CDES 103, CDES 216.

MANAGEMENT: 3 units

1 course selected from:
CDES315Electronic Media Economics3.0FA
Prerequisites: CDES 261 (with a grade of C or higher) or faculty permission.
CDES345Media Production Management3.0FA
Prerequisites: CDES 366.
CDES348Program & Audience Analysis3.0FS
Prerequisites: CDES 261 (with a grade of C or higher) or faculty permission.
CDES365Electronic Media Management3.0SP
Prerequisites: CDES 261 (with a grade of C or higher) or faculty permission.
CDES469Media Arts Practicum1.03.0FS
Prerequisites: CDES 366 or faculty permission. CDES 469 must be taken for 3 units.

PRODUCTION: 9 units

3 courses selected from:

Three courses are to be selected from the following two areas; at least one course must be selected from each area.

Video Production Area

CDES464Advanced Video Editing3.0FS
Prerequisites: CDES 366.
CDES466Studio Video Production3.0FS
Prerequisites: CDES 366.
CDES468Video Production Workshop3.0FA
Prerequisites: CDES 366.

Computer Production Area

It is recommended that students who choose six units from computer production take them all from one department.

CDES214Computer Graphics3.0FS
CDES222Intro to WWW Design & Pub3.0FS
CDES314Intro Multimedia Dsgn & Dev3.0FA
Prerequisites: Basic computer literacy, faculty permission.
CDES322Advanced WWW Design & Publish3.0FS
Prerequisites: CDES 222.
APCG3303-D Computer Modeling3.0FS
Prerequisites: APCG 110 or previous computer graphics experience.
APCG340Computer Animation3.0FS
Prerequisites: APCG 110 and APCG 330 or permission of instructor.
CDES414Adv Multimedia Dsgn & Develop3.0SP
Prerequisites: CDES 314.
CDES436Kinetic Typography3.0SP
Prerequisites: CDES 214 and CDES 282, or faculty permission.

THEORY, AESTHETICS, OR PERFORMANCE: 3 units

1 course selected from:
CDES241North American Cinema3.0SP
CDES242History of Documentary Film3.0FA
CDES341American Radio and Television3.0SP
Prerequisites: Junior standing, CDES 103, CDES 206, CDES 216; CDES 141, CDES 261 (both with a grade of C or better); faculty permission.
CDES362Media Performance3.0FA
Prerequisites: CDES 103, CDES 216.

Please see the Electives, Grading, and Advising Requirements under the BA in Communication Studies.

Please see Honors in the Major under the BA in Communication Studies.