Graduate Programs | School of Visual Communication Design | Kent State University
VCD OFFERS A PERSONALIZED DESIGN EDUCATION, ALLOWING STUDENTS TO USE THEORY AND RESEARCH TO TACKLE UNFRAMED DESIGN PROBLEMS, SHAPE FUTURE DESIGNERS IN AND OUT OF THE CLASSROOM, AND PURSUE INDIVIDUAL INVESTIGATION OPPORTUNITIES.
Individual Challenges: The Graduate Program
The graduate program in the School of Visual Communication Design is one of only three programs in the state to offer the Master of Arts degree in Visual Communication Design and was the first, and is still only one of two institutions in the state of Ohio, to offer the terminal degree in the field, the Master of Fine Arts. Students come to the graduate program from a variety of backgrounds: advertising, industrial and graphic design, design education and undergraduate design programs from around the world. This diversity of experience has created an ever-changing and enriching environment in which degree candidates strive to reach individual and group goals.
Customized Learning Experience
Master's degree students in the School of Visual Communication Design receive support in developing their individual abilities, interests and personal aesthetic. Organized individually for each student, the curriculum includes required courses and assignments as well as opportunities for individual investigations. Students are challenged to pursue their interests, identify strengths and improve weaknesses, and develop the motivation and discipline so critical to professional success. Students have the opportunity to interact with a variety of faculty members, including eleven full-time Visual Communication Design professors and several adjunct instructors who hold graduate faculty status. This diverse experience provides a variety of opinions and criticisms and allows students to expand their vocabulary of ideas, problem-solving techniques and aesthetic directions. Graduate students also broaden their professional exposures by serving in the Glyphix studio for course credit and by working with guest instructors from around the world in summer workshops.
Collaboration and In-Depth Study
The M.A. and M.F.A. programs foster leadership in the design and higher education industries. Many Visual Communication Design graduate students seek advanced degrees in order to teach at the university level, while others seek to refine their skills in design and leadership for professional careers. To provide instructional experience at the master's level, teaching assistantships are available to second-year graduate students after they observe and assist faculty in introductory undergraduate courses. This background aids both students preparing for academic careers and also those who will take on management, creative direction and instructional roles in industry. Graduate students are each assigned personal space in the 2,800-square-foot graduate studio which houses twelve, 50-square-foot workstations accessible 24 hours a day.
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