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Location & Facilities
Students have access to studios, computer and photography labs, equipment and printing services, dedicated specifically to VCD majors.
Resource Room and Photo Studio
VCD students at Kent State’s main Northeast Ohio campus have access to the 2,535-square-foot Visual Communication Design Resource Room, with a computer lab and a full-service output facility, including an 11”×17” color laser printer/copier, a 36” color plotter, color scanners, a black-and-white laser printer and photocopier. The computer lab features current Macintosh computers and Adobe Creative Suite software. The Resource Room also includes a design library with subscriptions to industry periodicals. Visit the Resource Center’s Facebook page for more information.
Spring 2014 Hours:
Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday/Sunday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Photo Studio (124/124A MACC Annex)
Monday: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Tuesday: 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Wednesday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Thursday: 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday/Sunday: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Glyphix is an award-winning, student-staffed design studio. Created in 1973, Glyphix was one of the first such programs in the U.S. and the prototype for many student work-study design groups now existing on university campuses. This top-notch studio is located in the heart of downtown Kent, Ohio. The second floor suite is an open collaborative environment providing a truly professional atmosphere both in philosophy and in physical space. Graduate and undergraduate students form the studio staff with a faculty member serving as creative director. Students work in teams to experience real-world assignments while using individual digital workspaces and conference rooms to meet with clients.
Visit the Glyphix web site for contact information and to view the work designed by Glyphix staff.
Type High Press
The School of Visual Communication Design houses a 1000 square-foot letterpress lab with a sizable collection of metal and wood type, four flat-bed presses, two platen presses and a polymer plate maker.
This unique lab is one of only a few in the country available for student experimentation with this traditional form of hands-on printing. It offers an opportunity for creative integration of various media in the printing process. Students in upper-level classes are able to explore materials and production processes that cannot be achieved through digital printing alone.
The nature of design has changed considerably in the last decade. Design thinking, design research and human-centered design all require work environments as collaborative and adaptable as the teams within them. Grad Studio/105 provides each of the graduate students in the School of Visual Communication Design with an individual workspace. The 2,800-square-foot studio also includes ideation and planning areas, white boards, a lounge and kitchen. It is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Visit VCDGrad.com to read more about the current MA/MFA students and their progress on their thesis projects, coursework and teaching.
The School of Visual Communication Design is located in the Art Building, on the west side of campus at 400 Janik Drive. Contact the School at 330-672-7856.