School of Visual Communication Design

Photo from Inspire, Kent State's Design AcademyReduced tuition rate available for those who sign up by April 15

Kara Taylor, a senior applied communication major, is interning with the School of Visual Communication Design this spring. As one of their marketing interns, Taylor is responsible for covering VCD events and writing content for the school’s social media platforms, alumni magazine and alumni website.

“I get to do a wide-range of things at work,” Taylor said. “I really enjoy working in the Art Building, too. It’s a great atmosphere to be in.”

The School of Visual Communication Design (VCD) at Kent State University will host its annual pre-college design academy, Inspire, which explores all areas of graphic design, from June 20 – 24. During Inspire, students engage in projects combining basic research tactics, brainstorming and creative thinking while they envision, innovate and experiment. Working in the disciplines of print design, three-dimensional design, interaction design, photography and illustration, attendees collaborate with other creative students.

Required Computer Purchase

Prior to the beginning of the first semester of the freshman year, all Visual Communication Design and Photo Illustration majors are required to purchase a Macintosh laptop computer and specific graphic software as described below. The computer and software will be used in subsequent VCD courses throughout the remainder of the degree program.

Minimum Hardware

Apple MacBook Pro $2,499.00 (*KSU Bookstore price $2,299)

Senior Martha Arbogast of the School of Visual Communication Design spent her summer as an intern at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

“Kent State’s VCD program is wonderful at teaching the details,” Arbogast said. “This gave me an edge and honestly helped me to even impress my superiors. I was not overwhelmed by the amount of work coming my way either because the VCD program at Kent State is like that itself, which constantly teaches you how to manage your time and work efficiently.”

Glyphix Studio is celebrating its extra large 40–year history with an open house event at IdeaBase in downtown Kent on November 19 from 5–8 p.m.

The University of Notre Dame, The Ohio State University, Kent State University and Michigan State University jointly presented the 2nd MODE Summit. This international event brought together motion design educators from different areas of expertise to present work and discuss motion and how it enhances, effects and changes messages, meaning and communication. The conference took place in Dublin, Ireland, in June at the O’Connell House and the Royal Irish Academy. 

The School of Visual Communication Design at Kent State University invites applications for the position of Resource Center Creative Facilities Manager (RCM). This is a 12-month position beginning Fall 2015. The selected candidate will need to coordinate and oversee the daily operation of a VCD student resource center, photo lab and other related facilities, as well as assist in implementing creative resources and office infrastructure.

Duties or essential functions may include, but not be limited to the following: 

Chad Lewis, a graduate student in the School of Visual Communication Design at Kent State University, has hammered out a career in illustration by penning his version of Thor’s origin story for the latest Marvel Avengers comic.