The primary mission of the School of Visual Communication Design is to provide a comprehensive and superior professional education in the study and practice of visual communication design that complements university studies in the liberal arts, humanities and sciences. Uniquely positioned within the College of Communication and Information, the curriculum encourages cross-disciplinary studies to meet the challenges of an evolving marketplace.

The School of Visual Communication Design at Kent State University in Ohio is nationally recognized for outstanding quality in design education, with emphases in visual design, illustration and photo-illustration majors and degrees.

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The school offers three baccalaureate programs of study: the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Visual Communication Design, Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Visual Communication Design, and Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Photography.

  • 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 (M.A.) degree in Visual Communication Design and was the first to offer the terminal degree in the field, the Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.).

  • Our students work through an iterative process of problem solving to complete each project. With both long and short term goals in mind, projects mimic real-world scenarios that allow students to create comprehensive and diverse portfolios in preparation for creative careers.

    View a variety of student working, ranging from introductory level freshman courses to senior level work.

Spotlights
  • During the Spring 2022 semester, Visual Communication Design students in the Glyphix Design Research Lab have been working on an intergenerational research project combining storytelling and design.  

  • The School of Visual Communication Design is pleased to announce the winners of our scholarships for the next academic year. We are incredibly proud of these students' hard work and dedication to their craft.

  • Associate Professor Jaime Kennedy's challenging, complex piece blends 3D printing, audio, painting and photography with a dash of randomness and now hangs in the Mahoning Valley Innovation and Commercialization Center in Youngstown, Ohio.

  • As tensions simmered around the world in the summer of 2020, two Kent State University alumnae from the School of Visual Communication Design’s M.F.A. program began conversing about the experience of Black designers, artists, educators and others. The result is their anthology.