Visual Communication Design - B.A. Program Requirements
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.
||DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE (1 credit)|
|US||10097||Destination Kent State: First Year Experience||1|
|II.||MAJOR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (60 credits) Courses count in major GPA|
|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
|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|
|43004||Issues for Graphic Design Businesses||3|
||45000||Graphic Design Perspectives*||3|
|III.||ADDITIONAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (69 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.