Students have access to gallery space, photography studios, equipment, printing services and a computer lab dedicated specifically to VCD majors.
Glyphix Studio is a classroom program that allows students within the School of Visual Communication Design the opportunity to engage in thoughtful client-based and self-guided investigation into design problems. For over forty years, Glyphix Studio has paired some of the best and brightest from Kent State University with local clients in the goal of helping to innovate the city of Kent Ohio and beyond. Each member of our studio participates in an authentic and collaborative experience that is tailored to the respective ambitions of their creative careers. We utilize research, exploration, and a diverse set of visual design skills to solve problems.
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. With over 80 awards and more than 400 program alumni, Glyphix Studio has made its mark as a holistically unique space to create, inspire and excel.
If you’re a small business or non-profit in need of design solutions, or if you're a design student who is interested in joining our team, shoot us an email, give us a call, or just pop in and say hi. We cant wait to meet you.
Visit the Glyphix web site for contact information and to view the work designed by Glyphix staff.
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.
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.
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.