What are the strengths of your program? Why should I go here, rather than other schools?

The Faculty

VCD faculty members are leaders in their fields of expertise. They are practicing professional designers, illustrators and photographers who work in print, interaction, motion graphics and environmental graphic design. They work with and for national and international clients including - National Geographic Society, American Greetings, Cleveland Indians Baseball, American Bar Association, United States Postal Service, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sony, Ameritrade, MCI, Popsicle, Maxwell House, Citibank, Whirlpool, and American Airlines, among others. Our faculty members are leading educators in visual communication having received teaching awards and authored texts on subjects such as web design, design research and information design. Our illustration and photography faculty members have exhibited their work in museums and galleries across the globe.

The School

The School of Visual Communication at Kent State University is consistently cited as one of the top design programs in the United States. It was recently featured as a “Top-Ranked Communications Design School” by the popular “how-to” website, eHow.com. The texts "Becoming a Graphic Designer," by Steven Heller and Teresa Hernandes, and "Rugg’s Recommendations on the Colleges," by Frederick E. Rugg, both name Kent State's School of Visual Communication Design as one of the best in the nation. VCD is also home to Glyphix, an award-winning, student-staffed design firm. Glyphix designs have consistently received honors from the Ad Federation, the American Design Awards and the Interactive Media Awards. The School is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), an achievement that is gained only through a rigorous review process.

The University

Kent State University, through its Kent Core, requires all baccalaureate degree-seeking students to have a strong liberal arts background. Graduates with course work in the liberal arts are attractive to employers because they have developed the necessary skills to adapt to an evolving workplace. Different from attending an art school, a large and comprehensive campus such as Kent State University provides many opportunities for students to engage in extracurricular activities including intercollegiate sports, campus clubs and fraternal organizations. The campus also provides co-curricular activities that provide opportunities for our majors to engage with students and faculty in related fields of study such as global communication, entrepreneurship, advertising and marketing.