Manchester School of Technology/Design Communication                                               


Design Communication I  [1737-38] 2 credits  [Level 3]

Design Communication II [1739-40] 2 credits  [Level 3]



Design Communication at the Manchester School of Technology is a two-year Career and Technical program open to junior and senior high school students from Manchester and area high schools.

The unique course of study, designed and taught by a local architect, has been specifically developed for students considering any of the many diverse career opportunities as a design professional.  The classroom/lab environment is the model of a professional design studio and represents the most current technology in equipment and resources. 

The studio design accommodates students at their own computer and drawing workstation   where they access daily work assignments, the internet and share information through the local network and server.  The studio includes an extensive design periodical, reference and career exploration library and provides an extensive display gallery for showcasing diverse, high quality examples of student work.

The four-semester curriculum presents students with contexts within which to explore and develop professional skills through direct, realistic learning experiences representing many different design disciplines.  Engineering, Architectural and Civil Engineering contexts are designed to provide students with competency skills that involve the integration of traditional and current technology methods for the communication of design including sketching, technical drawing, rendering and model-making as well as digital imaging, CADD and BIM parametric modeling skills required of the today’s designers and students of design. As in the workplace, Design Communication emphasizes real-world experiences and team, as well as individual, problem-solving. 

Through active engagement, students can acquire the technical skills and the creative techniques necessary to compete and succeed in the pursuit a career including architecture, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, packaging design, industrial design, computer-aided drafting and design, interior design, graphic design, technical illustration, urban and preservation planning, building contracting and construction.  Portfolio creation and career and college planning is valuable to students applying to post-secondary design schools.

Design Communication believes that success follows the development of positive self-image though direction, responsibility, purpose and identity.



  To inspire students to learn.

  To facilitate the discovery and development of talents and skills.

  To provide students with varied opportunities for exploration.

  To promote individual thought.

  To encourage and reward personal accomplishment.

  To provide experiences that are realistic and meaningful.

  To offer guidance in decision-making.

  To recognize and respond to the uniqueness of each student.

  To encourage learning beyond the classroom.

  To offer direction toward a productive and meaningful career



The Design Communication program at the Manchester School of Technology is dedicated to the self-realization of each student through encouraging direction, purpose, responsibility and identity.

The Program recognizes the potential for success in each individual and our role in inspiring, enabling and encouraging that fulfillment.

Design Communication provides an environment and course of study that promotes the discovery and development of each individual’s unique talents.  It is our belief that through accomplishment, each student can realize their goals.



  •     3D Visualization/Rendering
  •     Aeronautical Engineer/Designer
  •     Architect
  •     Architectural/Mechanical Drafter
  •     Automotive Designer
  •     CADD Drafter/Technician
  •     Character Development
  •     Civil Engineer
  •     Contractor/Construction Manager
  •     Cost Estimator
  •     Digital Animation/Game Art
  •     Exhibition Designer
  •     Fabric Designer
  •     Facilities/Space Planner
  •     Fashion Designer
  •     Furniture Designer
  •     Graphic Designer
  •     Industrial Designer
  •     Interior Designer
  •     Kitchen Designer
  •     Landscape Architect
  •     Lighting Designer                   
  •     Mechanical Engineer
  •     Naval Architect
  •     Packaging Designer
  •     Plan Reviewer
  •     Preservation Planner
  •     Set Designer
  •     Specification Writer
  •     Structural Engineer
  •     Technical Illustrator
  •     Urban Planner/Urban Designer


  • The Design Process
  • Freehand and Technical Sketching
  • Design Views
  • Instrument Drafting
  • Architectural Conceptual Design
  • Architectural Documentation/Construction Plans
  • Engineering Technical Drawing
  • Digital Imaging/Digital Photography
  • Design Presentations [Verbal and Graphic]
  • Rendering Techniques/Prismacolor/Marker/Shadows
  • Technical Pens
  • Physical and Digital Models
  • Architectural Animation
  • 3D Visualization
  • Design Workplace Equipment [Reprographics and Scanning]
  • 3D Scanning
  • 3D Printing
  • Laser Cutting and Engraving


  • Autodesk AutoCAD 2014 [Vector]
  • Autodesk Inventor Professional 2014 [Parametric Solid Modeling]
  • Autodesk SketchBook Designer 2014
  • Autodesk Revit Architecture 2014 [Parametric BIM Modeling]
  • Autodesk 3DS Max Design 2014
  • Autodesk Mudbox 2014
  • Autodesk Maya 2014
  • Adobe CS6 Master Collection
  • Google SketchUp Pro
  • ZBrush [2.5D/3D Modeling]
  • V-Ray [Raytrace Rendering]
  • Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Z-Edit Pro/Z-Print [3D Printing]


  • Professional Drafting Boards with Parallel Rule
  • HP PC Workstations [Networked]
  • Dell Server
  • Wacom Cintiq 21UX and 24HD Touch Tablet Monitors
  • HP Wide Format Color Printer
  • HP Color Laser Printer
  • HP B/W Laser Printer
  • Oce 4235 Wide Format Color Scanner
  • Universal VersaLaser VLS6.60 Laser Cutter/Engraver
  • ZCorp Z650 Color 3D Printer
  • ZCorp ZScanner 3D Scanner
  • Digital Photographic Equipment
  • Physical Modeling Tools and Equipment
  • Flat Screen LED Display Monitors
  • Digital Presentation Kiosk


1. Design Programming

Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of problem definition and its       relevance within the design process.

 2. Conceptual Design

Students will be able to demonstrate conceptual design principles and methods used to explore and evolve design alternatives as part of the design process.

 3. Design Presentation

Students will be able to demonstrate the methods designers use to share developed conceptual design solutions as part of the design process.

 4. Design Documentation

Students will be able to demonstrate the standards and methods used by designers to prepare technical documents for the purpose of manufacturing or construction as part of the design process.

 5. Design Prototyping and Testing

Students will be able to demonstrate the methods used by designers to contruct design prototypes and models and their function in testing design solutions as part of the design process.

 6. Professional Development

Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of professional conduct and career planning required to successfully pursue post-secondary education/employment as a design professional.

PROGRAM GRADING                                                          

 Formative Assessments [10% of Quarter Grade]

            1.   Responsibility                       4%

            2.   Character                             4%

            3.   Exploratories [homework]       2%

 Summative Assessments [90% of Quarter Grade]

            1.   Achievements [class work]    60%

            2.   Tests/Quizzes                      25%

            3.   Portfolio                                 5%

 Note: Midterm Exam = .14 of Semester 1 Grade, Final Exam = .14 of Semester 2 Grade.  Semesters 1 and 2 are considered independent courses and when completed with a passing grade = 1 credit each.



Design Communication offers high school students the opportunity to develop the design skills and experience that can give them the competitive edge for admission to top post-secondary schools of design and to remain competitive as a college design student. 

The following is a list of some of the post-secondary institutions attended by Design Communication Alumni:

Arizona State University [Architecture]
Bentley University 
Boston Architectural College [Architecture]
Clarkson University [Mechanical Engineering] 
High Point University [Interior Design] 
Keene State College [Architecture, Interior Design] 
Maine College of Art [Design] 
Manchester Community College [Graphic Design, Construction] 
Mass College of Art [Graphics] 
Newbury College [Architectural Studies] 
Nashua Community Technical College [CADD]
Newbury College [Graphic Design] 
New Hampshire Institute of Art [Graphic Design]
New Hampshire Technical Institute [CADD, Architectural Technologies, Mechanical                        Engineering, Programming]
North Carolina State University [Mechanical Engineering]
Northeastern University
Norwich University [Architecture, Mechanical Engineering]
Ohio State University [Architecture] 
Rhode Island School of Design [Architecture] 
Rivier University 
Rochester Institute of Technology [Industrial Design] 
Roger Williams University [Architecture] 
Savannah College of Art and Design [Architecture] 
Southern New Hampshire University 
St. Anselm College
Suffolk University 
The Art Institute 
University of Miami [Architecture] 
University of New Hampshire Thompson School [Civil Technology] 
University of New Hampshire, Durham [Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering] 
University of New Hampshire, Manchester
University of North Carolina at Charlotte [Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering]
University of Southern California [Architecture]
Vermont Technical College [Architectural Engineering Technology] 
Wentworth Institute of Technology [Architecture] 
Worcester Polytechnic Institute [Mechanical Engineering]


The Manchester School District's new logo 'All Hands Up!', designed by MST Design Communication II students, was the winning entry in the District's Logo Competition this spring.

The Design Communication II students presented their winning logo design to the Manchester Board of School Committee on May 12, 2014 through a video that re-enacted their design process.

MSD Logo Video Presentation All Hands Up.m4v



Design Communication students completely redesigned and produced the 40-page Manchester High School Program of Studies 2014-15 catalog this spring for the Manchester School District [Adobe InDesign].



Stephen Koziatek joined the faculty at MST in 2002 to develop the Design Communication program, a unique and diverse approach to the study of design at the secondary school level.  A native of Manchester, Koziatek graduated from Memorial High School and then went on to study architecture and landscape architecture, receiving a BArch/MLA studies [cum laude] from Arizona State University with a concentration/thesis in educational design. While at ASU, Koziatek won the Grand Canyon College Arena design competition.

Upon returning to Manchester in 1976, Koziatek was awarded consulting contracts with the City of Manchester for a Swimming Facility Feasibility Study and a Recreational Facilities System Study.  In 1978 he joined the Manchester City Planning Board where, as a senior planner, he completed several architectural/urban design projects including conceptual designs for City Hall Plaza [900 Elm Street], Center of NH [Marriott Hotel], Bridge Street Project [Bank of America] and site feasibility studies for a civic center [Verizon Arena].  Educational projects include Northwest Elementary School [conceptual building and site design], Central High School [site planning/courtyard design, 1986] and Manchester School of Technology design development [Planning Representative to Joint School Building Committee, 1981].  He co-developed the 1979 Manchester Central Business District Master Plan as well as zoning ordinances that formed the Manchester Historic District Commission, the Corporation Housing Historic District and the Amoskeag Millyard Historic District.  He served as Technical Advisor to the Manchester Historic District Commission, was the local representative to the NH State Office of Historic Preservation and later became a registered Historic Preservation Planner.  In 1994, he received the Manchester Historic Association Historic Preservation Award for his historic preservation work in Manchester. 

In 1990, Koziatek started a full-service design company, Koziatek & Associates, for the practice of architecture, landscape architecture, architectural graphics and preservation planning.  Completed works include custom residential design/construction throughout the northeast and in Florida, professional office design and light commercial projects, the rehabilitation of several historic structures, architectural renderings, corporate identity graphics, signage design, interior design/space planning, lighting design and numerous landscape design projects including the Ste. Marie Parish site master plan/landscape design.

While at MST, Koziatek developed Realtime in 2006 as a pilot mentoring program for eighth grade students for the exploration and development of design interests. He was awarded MST Teacher of the Year in 2006, has been a guest lecturer at Southern NH University [Humanities Series], a moderator for the SNHU Invention and Inventors series and was an adjunct professor at New Hampshire Technical Institute.  He is a certified Project Lead the Way instructor for Architecture and Civil Engineering and Introduction to Engineering Design courses.

  Design Communication Studio

                         Design Communication Studio
                         Digital Kiosk

                         Design Library


                                Annual DesCom Student Poster [2014-15] 

                         Annual DesCom Student Poster [2013-14] 

                         Annual DesCom Student Poster [2012-13] 

                         DesCom Alumni Post-Secondary Institutions