Communication Design expands the boundaries of traditional graphic design, rooting students in a vital understanding of the relationship between medium and message. This area of study prepares you for the broadest possibilities and most challenging engagements in today’s creative industries.

We learn the history, principles, and major theories of design while acquiring both technical skills and those of ideation, critical evaluation, and revision to create provocative, relevant design solutions. The curriculum encourages integrated design solutions across media and fosters the development of research, critical thinking, and creative practice skills while being grounded in communication theory. Through independent and collaborative projects, students will meet complex conceptual challenges and offer insightful solutions with handcrafted style. 

Martha Lewis


Martha Lewis worked in advertising and design for 14 years before teaching at Virginia Commonwealth University’s satellite campus in Qatar. To this day she maintains a freelance design business and also makes wearable as well as non-wearable three-dimensional pieces in metal.

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