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.).

  • At the end of a challenging year, we celebrate the Kent State School of Visual Communication Design Class of 2021! 

    Watch the video below for messages from our faculty and recognition of our visual communication design and photography majors who have overcome so much and persevered in the face of global worry and uncertainty.


  • See where our students interned during Summer 2021.

    All undergraduate students in VCD complete a three-credit-hour internship before graduation. Most of our students find paid design, photo and illustration internship positions with businesses, non-profit organizations, educational institutions and government entities.

  • Professor Doug Goldsmith is a recipient of one of Kent State's highest honors, the Distinguished Teaching Award (DTA), for the 2020-21 academic year.

  • The Creative Lab is VCD’s new workspace on the 3rd floor of Taylor Hall where students can access technology and design equipment in a collaborative creative space for all VCD students.