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Facilities

Students have access to gallery space, photography studios, equipment, printing services and a computer lab dedicated specifically to VCD majors.

Taylor Hall Gallery

The School of Visual Communication Design is excited about our beautiful new gallery space in Taylor Hall. The 1,110 square foot event space features high ceilings, a customizable floor plan and professional-quality lighting, making it the perfect setting for a variety of artwork. Taylor Hall Gallery exhibitions showcase works from local, regional, national and international artists and designers, ranging across a variety of mediums, styles and subjects. Students also can show their own work in the gallery and see the work of our faculty in the stunning new space.

VCD Photography Studios

The School of Visual Communication Design offers four photography studios, containing top of the line camera equipment, including brand new state-of-the-art continuous LED lights and Dynalite’s new studio strobe kits. Our studios are designed to accommodate diverse content and working styles, from event photography and magazine or fashion shoots to art images, studio portraits and candid storytelling.

VCD Resource Center

VCD students have access to the Visual Communication Design Resource Center, which includes a 44" color photo printer, two high-quality flatbed scanners, six large format ink jet printers, two brand new laser jet printers, a UV light unit, and a 3D printer. Students may also utilize our new online reservation system for free rentals of camera bodies, lenses, tripods, GoPros, Wacom tablets, iPads, various strobe lighting kits and more.

Glyphix Studio

Student designers gain real-world experience by working at Glyphix. This award-winning design studio, within the School of Visual Communication Design, develops creative design solutions for a variety of clients. Created in 1973, the student staffed studio was one of the first such programs in the U.S. and the prototype for many student work-study design groups now existing on university campuses. This top-notch studio is located in the heart of downtown Kent, Ohio. Glyphix is an open collaborative environment, providing a truly professional atmosphere both in philosophy and in physical space.

Visit the Glyphix web site for contact information and to view the work designed by Glyphix staff.

VCD Computer Lab

The School of Visual Communication Design understands the needs of our students. We offer a computer lab equipped with the latest 27-inch iMac Retina 5Ks. Our iMacs feature Intel Core i7, 16GB of 2400 MHz DDR4 RAM, and Radeon Pro 580 graphics card to handle the full extent of the Adobe Site.

VCD Graduate Studio

The nature of design has changed considerably in the last decade. Design thinking, design research and human-centered design all require work environments as collaborative and adaptable as the teams within them. Our graduate studio provides each of the graduate students in the School of Visual Communication Design with an individual workspace. The 2,644 square foot studio also includes ideation and planning areas, a pin up studio, white boards, new iMacs and Dell Optiplex 7050 digital displays.

Check out MA/MFA students' thesis projects.

Type High Press

The School of Visual Communication Design houses a 1,070 square foot letterpress lab with a sizable collection of metal and wood type, four flat-bed presses, two platen presses and a polymer plate maker. This unique lab is one of only a few in the country available for student experimentation with this traditional form of hands-on printing. It offers an opportunity for creative integration of various media in the printing process. Students in upper-level classes are able to explore materials and production processes that cannot be achieved through digital printing alone.

Spray Booth

For student safety when working on projects and props that involve spray paints, spray adhesives and similar materials, the school offers a brand-new spray booth. The strong suction at the inlet of the spray booth provides an effective source capture and containment of overspray particulates. This results in protecting our students’ breathing zone as well as preventing unwanted spray particulates and odors from entering the general work and classroom areas.