Communication Arts

We are a visual culture. As a Communication Arts student, you can draw and paint, make websites, apps and videos, develop identity systems and branding, design books and magazines –– whatever best expresses your idea.

You’ll choose from one of two areas of emphasis: Illustration or Graphic Design. You can also minor in Advertising Design. Our cross-disciplinary program challenges you to create captivating visual communications across a wide range of media.

Graphic design students research and conceive projects that combine images and typography to convey specific ideas. Illustration students develop strong personal style and image-making skills in a variety of media.

We emphasize collaboration between disciplines and media fluency, helping you sharpen your skills and voice through critiques, reviews, and workshops as well as experiential learning through visiting artists, conventions, field trips, and student exhibitions.

You’ll graduate with the ability to deliver dynamic visual communications for a variety of applications.

Communication Arts offers a broad, cross-disciplinary learning experience for students interested in pursuing Advertising Design, Graphic Design, and Illustration - all disciplines that focus on effective and arresting visual communication.


Graphic Design

Graphic Design challenges students to research, develop, and refine projects that combine meaning with image-making and typographic form.


Illustrators develop a strong personal style in their images and use their image-making skills to support the communication needs of a variety of clients in multiple contexts.


Students in select departments the opportunity to extend and complement their work by pursuing a minor. View all minors

Communication Arts offers a minor in Advertising Design. See Advertising Design Minor for more details.

Meet the People

Kali Nikitas, Chair (Bio)
Tanya Rubbak, Interim Assistant Chair (Bio)
John White, Coordinator - Advertising Design (Bio)
Tucker Neel, Coordinator - Illustration (Bio)
Ana Lorente, Coordinator - Graphic Design (Bio)
Barbara Edison – Department Manager

Contact the Department

Phone: (310) 665-6843

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