Undergraduate Admissions

From the first semester, students in VCD develop professional skills, understanding of foundational concepts, and gain experience–based training directly applicable to a broad range of careers in design, illustration, photography and interactive media.

Technology Requirements 

Prior to the beginning of the first semester, all Visual Communication Design and Photography majors are required to purchase a Macintosh laptop computer and specific graphic software. Photography majors are required to purchase a camera from the list of options.

The computer and software will be used in subsequent VCD courses throughout the remainder of the degree program.

Requirements and Roadmaps: Graduation Planning System (GPS)

Each catalog year (the year the student began his or her program of study at Kent State University) and major have specific requirements.  Roadmaps outline the course requirements semester by semester.

Undergraduate Admissions

The School of Visual Communication Design does not currently require any additional elements or materials for admission to the undergraduate program (such as a portfolio or work samples). For more information on the application process, contact the Admissions Office.


VCD students are required to do an internship after their junior year. Read about opportunities and student reflections from internship experiences here.

Kent State Apple Store

Kent State students are eligible to receive discounts on Apple computers, hardware and software products. The Apple Store is located in the University Book Store in the Kent Campus Student Center. 


The Kent Chapter of AIGA, the national professional association for design, meets regularly in the Art Building. The group often brings in professional designers and alumni as guest speakers and offers tutoring and student-to-student critiques. Their purpose is to further excellence in visual communication design as a broadly defined discipline, strategic tool for business and cultural force.

Visit the AIGA Kent Facebook page.