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Visual Communication Design - M.A.

From print design and illustration to web design, 3-D design, motion graphics, interactive design, corporate identity, information architecture, interaction design and information graphics, the M.A. in Visual Communication Design offers individualized plans of study to help you enter the evolving design industry and become influential in social media, branding, digital media and other professional capacities.

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Program Description

Full Description

The Master of Arts degree in Visual Communication Design is recommended for students who already hold an undergraduate degree and are looking to enter the design industry or related fields and wish to advance their studio skills in print design, illustration, web design, 3-D design, motion graphics, interactive design, corporate identity, information architecture, interaction design or information graphics. The program offers individualized plans of study, experiential learning, design history and research. Interdisciplinary study is encouraged.

Admissions

For more information about graduate admissions, visit the graduate admission website. For more information on international admissions, visit the international admission website.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Undergraduate degree in design or closely related program
  • Minimum 2.750 undergraduate major GPA on a 4.000 point scale
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Résumé
  • Goal statement
  • Autobiographical statement (250 words)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • English language proficiency - all international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning one of the following:
    • Minimum 587 TOEFL PBT score (paper-based version)
    • Minimum 94 TOEFL IBT score (Internet-based version)
    • Minimum 82 MELAB score
    • Minimum 7.0 IELTS score
    • Minimum 65 PTE score
    • Minimum 120 Duolingo English Test score

For more information about graduate admissions, visit the graduate admission website. For more information on international admissions, visit the international admission website.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester
    • Application deadline: March 1

Applications submitted after this deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.

Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Develop a body of creative work at a level appropriate for a graduate designer/illustrator/photographer.
  2. Develop aesthetic, technical, and professional skills necessary for success in design industry
  3. Develop skills for collaborative engagement with strategic partners, team members, and peers
  4. Develop deeper awareness of issues related to the cultural, technological, and economic contexts of design
  5. Develop enhanced comprehension of design thinking and design process
  6. Develop understanding of design’s use as both a tactical and strategic tool for business and social applications
Coursework

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

Major Requirements
VCD 55000GRAPHIC DESIGN PERSPECTIVES 3
VCD 60010DESIGN RESEARCH METHODS 3
VCD 60011TYPOGRAPHIC STRUCTURES AND SYSTEMS 3
VCD 60012CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION 3
VCD 60013GRAPHIC DESIGN ADVANCED 3
VCD 60099M.A. PROJECT GRAPHIC DESIGN AND ILLUSTRATION 4
UXD 60001USER EXPERIENCE DESIGN PRINCIPLES AND CONCEPTS 3
Visual Communication Design (VCD) Studio Electives9
Minimum Total Credit Hours:31
Program Delivery
  • Delivery:
    • In person
  • Location:
    • Kent Campus
Accreditation

National Association of Schools of Art and Design

Examples of Possible Careers and Salaries

Graphic designers

-3.8%

decline

281,500

number of jobs

$53,380

potential earnings

Fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators

1.0%

slower than the average

28,300

number of jobs

$52,340

potential earnings

Additional Careers
  • Digital Designer
  • Multimedia Designer
  • Product Designer
  • User Experience Designer
  • Visual Designer

Notice:

* Source of occupation titles and labor data comes from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook. Data comprises projected percent change in employment over the next 10 years; nation-wide employment numbers; and the yearly median wage at which half of the workers in the occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less.

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