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Undergraduate Programs

IMAGE: Students in the B.A. and B.F.A. undergraduate visual design programs in the School of Visual Communication Design at Kent State University focus on 2D and 3Dgraphic design, illustration, interaction design or photo-illustration.

VCD PROVIDES A COMPREHENSIVE AND SUPERIOR PROFESSIONAL DESIGN EDUCATION, A RESULT OF A CAREFULLY CONTROLLED CURRICULUM WITH COURSEWORK THAT IS DEMANDING, YET DERIVED FROM INDUSTRY STANDARDS.
GRADUATES ARE HIGHLY QUALIFIED AND COMPETITIVE IN THE FIELD. AS PART OF THE COLLEGE OF COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION, STUDENTS ARE EQUIPPED FOR AN EVOLVING MARKETPLACE, WITH A BALANCED DEGREE IN LIBERAL ARTS, THE HUMANITIES AND SCIENCES.

Degrees in Visual Communication Design

All bachelor-level degrees in the School of Visual Communication Design require a combination of visual arts and liberal arts courses. The school offers three baccalaureate programs of study: The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), the Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.), and the Bachelor of Science (B.S.). The decision of which degree is best for a particular student depends on the student’s educational and career goals, academic standing and performance in studio coursework.

Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communication Design

According to the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), the Bachelor of Arts is a liberal arts degree that focuses on design and illustration “in the context of a broad program of general studies.” Following a successful Sophomore Review, students may continue into the fourth semester of the 123 credit-hour degree program. In addition, the program requires that students complete an internship, a 300-hour, off-campus experience that allows the student to apply theory to a professional situation. Generally, the student intern receives degree credit and monetary compensation for the internship experience.

Bachelor of Arts majors are required to choose a minor, a secondary area of study to complement the major. Suggested minors for VCD majors include: advertising, communication studies, organizational communication, digital sciences, photo-illustration, electronic media, public relations, management or entrepreneurship for non-business majors, business, marketing, public communication, health communication, fine art studio, visual journalism, or language.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communication Design

The Bachelor of Fine Arts is “the professional degree” and “focuses on intensive work in the visual arts supported by a program of general studies,” according to the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). The School of Visual Communication Design B.F.A. degree program consists of approximately two-thirds of the course work in the “creation and study of the visual arts,” with the remainder in general studies. Because of the greater emphasis on upper-level studio courses, the B.F.A. allows majors the opportunity to build greater expertise in a given area of the field.

Following a successful Sophomore Review and with a 2.75 GPA in the major, students may continue into the fourth semester of the 126 credit-hour B.F.A. degree program. In addition, the program requires that students complete an internship, a 300-hour, off-campus experience that allows the student to apply theory to a professional situation. Generally, the student intern receives degree credit and monetary compensation for the internship experience. During the final semester of study B.F.A. graduates are required to present an exit portfolio for public display.

Bachelor of Science in Photo-Illustration

The Bachelor of Science in Photo-Illustration provides the student with a comprehensive program of study balancing a liberal arts education with studio offerings in digital photography. Grounded in formal, technical and conceptual skills building, the Photo-illustration program focuses on the profession of photography as it relates to commerce. The School of Visual Communication Design B.S. degree program builds a photography professional through experiential learning opportunities as well as through required courses in graphic design and multimedia.

The B.S. in Photo-Illustration requires portfolio reviews at both the sophomore and junior levels for purposes of general assessment. In addition, the 127 credit-hour degree program requires that students complete an internship, an off-campus experience that allows the student to apply theory to a professional situation. Generally, the student intern receives degree credit and monetary compensation for the internship experience.

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