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.

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.

  • 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.).

Spotlights
  • “The International Society of Typographic Designers, ISTD, is a professional body run by and for typographers, graphic designers and educators. The Society has an international membership who share and support its aim to create and inspire interest in all forms of typographic communication.”

  • Kent State student Sarah Riedlinger, ’20, has always been a creative and inventive person. The opportunities provided to her as a visual communication design major at Kent State allowed her to channel her creativity and life-long passions into a path for her future career. Her independent project, Point Verity, a single-player, story-driven video game is a “passion project” of hers, and one for which she has received the Sol Baltimore scholarship.

  • This winter at Kent State, an art show opened on January 30 in the Taylor Hall Gallery honoring the life and legacy of assistant professor and artist Christopher Darling, who died June 2018. The retrospective will run until March 19.

    The gallery is open Tuesdays through Fridays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Troppus Projects, a locally owned independent art space in downtown Kent, Ohio, will be hosting new works by Kent State Assistant Professor of Design Larrie King. The exhibition, titled “Line of Sight: 2020,” is a continuation of a series of mixed-media paintings completed by King last year. The opening reception will take place on March 6, 2020, from 5-7pm, and is open to the public.

  • Kent State alumnus Joseph Young believes that designers have an important role in creating positive change in communities. His drive to create positive change led him to further his education and pursue a Master of Arts degree in Visual Communication Design (VCD).With a master’s degree, Joseph hopes to gain an understanding of project management.