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Visual Communication Design - B.A. and B.F.A.

DESCRIPTION: The Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communication Design: the intention and emphasis of the visual communication design degree programs is the preparation of students for the graphic design and illustration professions; specifically, to develop technical proficiency, aesthetic sensibility and design expertise in the organization of imagery and typography to communicate information in two-dimensional form by graphics for print, video and interactive electronic multimedia, and in three-dimensional form through packaging, exhibition and environmental graphics.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communication Design is a four-and-one-half-year degree program with the option of either a minor or a senior project. It comprises three concentrations: 2-D Graphic Design, 3-D Graphic Design and Illustration.

A concentration in 2D Graphic Design is a professional career preparation for future graphic designers. Graphic designers are intermediaries between clients and their audiences, acting as interpreters, messengers and designers of information and communication in visual form for commerce, industry, and the culture at large. Those concentrating in two-dimensional graphic design work in print and online media.

A concentration in 3D Graphic Design is a professional career preparation for future graphic designers. Graphic designers are intermediaries between clients and their audiences, acting as interpreters, messengers and designers of information and communication in visual form for commerce, industry, and the culture at large. Those concentrating in three-dimensional graphic design work in packaging, environmental graphic design and wayfinding.

The illustration concentration prepares students for careers as future illustrators. Illustrators are intermediaries between clients and their audiences, acting as interpreters and messengers in visual form for commerce, industry and the culture at large. Those concentrating in illustration work in traditional and digital media.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:
Graphic designers held about 261,000 jobs in 2006. Most graphic designers worked in specialized design services; advertising and related services; printing and related support activities; or newspaper, periodical, book, and directory publishers. Other designers produced computer graphics for computer systems design firms or motion picture production firms. A small number of designers also worked in engineering services or for management, scientific, and technical consulting firms.

About 25 percent of designers were self-employed. Many did freelance work—full time or part time—in addition to holding a salaried job in design or in another occupation.

(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

ADMISSION
REQUIREMENTS:
The Bachelor of Arts
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 Students: 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.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts
Admission to this program requires a minimum 2.75 GPA in major, 2.50 GPA overall and a B (3.0) grade in VCD 30009 Junior Portfolio Review.

GRADUATION
REQUIREMENTS:
The Bachelor of Arts
Minimum 130 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 average B (3.0) calculated between VCD 13000 and 13001 before enrolling VCD 23001. VCD 13000 and 13001 may be taken a maximum three times until a minimum average B grade is achieved.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts

Minimum 136 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 average B (3.0) calculated between VCD 13000 and 13001 before enrolling VCD 23001. VCD 13000 and 13001 may be taken a maximum three times until a minimum average B grade is achieved. Students must earn a B (3.00) grade in VCD 30009 Junior Portfolio to remain in the major.

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; Glyphix; Student Media: Artemis, The Daily Kent Stater, The Burr and Cyburr, UHURU, Luna Negra, Fusion, TV2, Black Squirrel Radio, Kentwired.com 

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

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