The primary mission of the School of Visual Communication Design is to provide a comprehensive and superior professional education in the study and practice of visual communication design that complements university studies in the liberal arts, humanities and sciences. Uniquely positioned within the College of Communication and Information, the curriculum encourages cross-disciplinary studies to meet the challenges of an evolving marketplace.


The School of Visual Communication Design at Kent State University in Ohio is nationally recognized for outstanding quality in design education, with emphases in visual design (graphic design), illustration and photo-illustration majors and degrees.


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  • Undergraduate Programs

    Undergraduate Programs

    The school offers three baccalaureate programs of study: the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Visual Communication Design, Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Visual Communication Design, and Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Photography.

  • Graduate Programs

    Graduate Programs

    The graduate program in the School of Visual Communication Design is one of only three programs in the state to offer the Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Visual Communication Design and was the first to offer the terminal degree in the field, the Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.).

  • Student Work

    Student Work

    Our students work through an iterative process of problem solving to complete each project, with both long and short term goals in mind. Students create comprehensive and diverse portfolios in preparation for creative careers. 

    View a variety of student working, from introductory level freshman courses to senior level work.

  • The relationship between college students and mental health remains important as students may experience stress and burnout due to strenuous routines and other factors. Kent State’s current mental health campaign has allowed a university-wide discussion regarding mental health and the stigmas associated with talking about it. 

  • We sat down with Miranda Sepúlveda '23 and discussed Visual Communication Design, internships and her professional life. Here's what she had to say.

  • When Abby Ullman arrived at Kent in 2019, it was as a marketing major with the plan to be an author. Little did she know her path would lead to a double major with Visual Communication Design – and her artwork appearing in an acclaimed, award-winning, best-selling board game.

  • With the start of the school year, we welcome new faculty to the School of Visual Communication. Here is one new face students will be seeing around the building and one adjunct joining us full time. Hadi Rahmati, Assistant Professor in Illustration, and David Wilson, Assistant Professor in Illustration.