Welcome to the School of Visual Communication Design

Dear Students and Parents,

As the Interim Director, it is my pleasure to extend to you a warm welcome to the Kent State University School of Visual Communication Design.

The Kent State School of Visual Communication Design has a distinguished reputation as a top-tier program for 2D and 3D graphic design, illustration, and photography. Our programs provide you with competitive skills to solve complex visual problems by integrating traditional techniques and emerging technologies with a robust design curriculum.

Our graduates are some of the most sought after in the nation and work with leading design studios in branding, publication, social communications, and other related fields. Among our alumni are owners of Aufuldish & Warinner, Digiknow, and WhiteSpace to name just a few. We have alumni working as illustrators, designers, and photographers for NASA, Discovery Channel, JKM Advertising, and American Greetings. Graduates of our programs have also joined the faculties of more than thirty colleges and universities.

Accredited by NASAD, the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, our school is one in which theory and practice are wholly integrated. All of our bachelor-level degrees require a combination of visual and liberal arts courses to provide students with a strong design foundation and professional skills to produce website and print designs, mobile apps, illustrations, and commercial photography for a variety of clients.

The graduate program in the School of Visual Communication Design is one of only three programs in Ohio to offer the Master of Arts degree in visual communication design and is the first in the state to offer the terminal degree in the field, the Master of Fine Arts. Students come to the graduate program from a variety of backgrounds: advertising, industrial and graphic design, design education, and undergraduate design programs around the world.  

Online, evening, and weekend courses make it possible for professionals with design-related undergraduate degrees to retool and develop stronger portfolios for today's markets.

I invite you to learn more about our school, students, alumni, and faculty as well as view student works on our website at www.kent.edu/vcd.


David B. Robins
Interim Director