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.).

  • When Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine issued a statewide “stay-at-home” order at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, a group of Kent State University students immediately recognized an issue that almost nobody else was talking about: Not all homes are healthy homes. 

  • The School of Visual Communication Design has a long history of teaching typographic excellence. With our Type High Press letterpress facility, and faculty research expertise in formal and experimental typography and typeface design, VCD provides a robust foundation for students entering the industry.

  • Change and growth rarely happen as a result of a single moment of effort. We must all act continuously to confront racism and inequity and strengthen our school and our communities' culture of inclusiveness and respect.

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

  • 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.