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Photo-Illustration - B.S.

COLLEGE: College of Communication and Information

DEPARTMENT: School of Visual Communication Design
231 Art Building
Tel: 330-672-7856 | Fax: 330-672-9714
Email: vcd@kent.edu
Web: http://vcd.kent.edu

DESCRIPTION: The Bachelor of Science degree in Photo Illustration is designed for students interested in careers in studio and illustrative commercial photography. Photo illustrators are intermediaries between clients and their audiences, acting as interpreters and messengers in photographic form for commerce, industry and the culture at large. Students in the program work in digital media.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:
Photographers held about 122,000 jobs in 2006. More than half were self-employed, a much higher proportion than for most occupations. Some self-employed photographers have contracts with advertising agencies, magazine publishers, or other businesses to do individual projects for a set fee, while others operate portrait studios or provide photographs to stock-photo agencies. Most salaried photographers work in portrait or commercial photography studios; most of the others work for newspapers, magazines, and advertising agencies. Photographers work in all areas of the country, but most are employed in metropolitan areas.
(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

ADMISSION
REQUIREMENTS:
General Admissions for Freshman Students: Students most likely to be admitted and succeed at the Kent Campus are those who have graduated with at least 16 units of the recommended college preparatory curriculum in high school, who have achieved a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), and whose composite ACT score is 21 or better (980 combined critical reading and math SAT score). For more information on admissions, visit the Admissions website for new freshmen.

General Admissions for Transfer Student
:Generally, a transfer applicant who has taken 12 or more semester hours with a college cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale may be admitted. An applicant who has taken fewer than 12 semester hours will be evaluated on both collegiate and high school records. For more information on admissions, visit the Admissions website for transfer students.

GRADUATION
REQUIREMENTS:
Minimum 127 credit hours. Minimum 39 upper-division credit hours. Minimum 2.75 GPA in the major and 2.50 GPA overall. Students must receive a minimum B (3.0) in VCD 13000 and 13001 before enrolling in VCD 23001. VCD 13001 may be taken a maximum three times until a minimum B (3.0) grade is achieved.

LANGUAGE
REQUIREMENT:
No

STUDY ABROAD/AWAY OPPORTUNITIES: There are many study abroad/away opportunities, for more information contact the Office of International Affairs.
PROGRAM FEE: $50/semester
ACCREDITATION: National Association of Schools of Art and Design

STUDENT
ORGANIZATIONS:
AIGA Kent

GRADUATE
PROGRAMS:
M.A. and M.F.A. in Visual Communication Design

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