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Visual Communication Design - B.A. Program Requirements

For semester-by-semester course sequencing for this program, view the 2010-2011 Roadmap.

Type Legend: DD Diversity–Domestic; DG Diversity–Global; KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts: KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning;KSS Kent Core Social Sciences; WIC Writing Intensive

Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core, diversity and writing-intensive requirements.

Course Title Credits
  US 10097 Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
II. MAJOR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (60 credits)  Courses count in major GPA 
Type Course Title Credits


Photography (3)
Photography (3)
  VCD 13000 Introduction to Visual Communication Design I* 3
    13001 Introduction to Visual Communication Design II* 3
    20000 Basic Computer Graphic Design and Illustration 3

  20003 Intermediate Computer Graphic Design and Illustration Various Software Programs 3
    20006 Kinetic and Sequential Graphic Design 3
    20009 Sophomore Entrance Examination/Portfolio Review 1
  20010 Introduction to Design Research 3
  22000 Design/Illustration Techniques I 3
    22001 Design/Illustration Techniques II 3
    23001 Introduction to Typography 3
    23002 Introduction to 3-D Design 3
    30009 Junior Portfolio Review: Graphic Design/Illustration
    32000 Illustration I 3
    32001 Illustration II 3
    33000 Graphic Design I 3
  33001 Graphic Design II 3
    40092 Internship in Graphic Design/Illustration 1

  40192 Internship II in Graphic Design/Illustration 3
    43000 Studio Production 3
    43004 Issues for Graphic Design Businesses 3
  45000 Graphic Design Perspectives* 3
Type Course Title Credits
KFA ARTH 22006 Art History I: Ancient and Medieval Art 3
KFA   22007 Art History II: Renaissance to Modern Art 3
    Art History upper-division course 3
  Kent Core Additional (must be from two categories) 6
  Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory) 6-7
  Kent Core Composition 6-8
  Kent Core Humanities 3
  Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning 3-5
  Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines)

General Electives or minor coursework (number of credits required depends on meeting minimum 130 credit hours)

*A minimum C (2.0) grade must be earned with to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

Special Requirements for All VCD Programs:

Special requirement 1:
VCD 23001 Introduction to Typography (3)
Admission to VCD 23001 requires students to receive an average of B (3.00) or better in VCD 13000 and 13001.     

Special requirement 2:
VCD 20009 Sophomore Examination/Portfolio Review (1)
VCD 20009 (must be taken concurrently with VCD 23000), the review of the creative ability and technical skills of students wishing to pursue courses or a major in visual communication design will be based on the quality of a portfolio of work selected from basic courses VCD 13000, 13001, 22000, 22001, 23000, 23001, 23002 and a daylong test of technical skills and aesthetic abilities.

Special requirement 3:
VCD 30009 Junior Portfolio Review: Graphic Design/Illustration (1)
VCD 30009 must be taken concurrently with 33001, after completion of VCD 32000, 32001 and 33000. Junior Portfolio Review is an examination in conference with the visual communication design faculty acting as committee.

Special requirement 4:
A minor is required for the B.A. and is one of two program options available in the B.F.A.—15 to 24 credit hours depending upon the minor selected. Minor must be chosen from the following: Advertising, Computer Information Systems, Electronic Media, Marketing, Media Literacy, Photo-Illustration, Public Relations, Visual Journalism, and Web Design and Programming. See advisor for specific details on minor requirements.