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Visual Communication Design - B.A. Program Requirements PDFDownload to print

Type Legend: DD Diversity–Domestic; DG Diversity–Global; ELR Experiential Learning; 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, writing-intensive and the experiential learning requirements.

Course Title Credits
  US 10097 Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
II. MAJOR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (61 credits)  Courses count in major GPA 
Type Course Title Credits
  VCD 13000 Introduction to Visual Communication Design 3
    13001 Introduction to Visual Communication Design Studio 1 3
    20009 VCD Sophomore 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 1 3
    28000 Photography 3
    32000 Illustration I 3
    33000 Graphic Design I 3
    33001 Graphic Design II 3
    34004 Visual Ethics 3
    34005 Introduction to 3D Graphic Design 3
    34006 Motion Design 3
    40025 Professional Portfolio 2
ELR   40092 Internship I in Graphic Design/Illustration 1
ELR   40053
Graphic Design Studio - Glyphix
or Internship II in Graphic Design/Illustration
WIC   45000 Graphic Design Perspectives 2 3
  VCD Bachelor of Arts Guided Electives 3 12
  VCD 28002 Photography II (3)  
    32001 Illustration II (3)  
    38003 Photo Technology (3)  
    38004 Advanced Photography (3)  
    40052 Graphic Design—Travel and Field Experience (1-6)  
    43000 Studio Production (3)  
    43001 Interaction Design: Communities and Culture (3)  
    43004 Issues of Graphic Design Business (3)  
    43005 Packaging, Promotion and Retail Environments (3)  
    43007 Information Graphics (3)  
    43008 Branded Identity (3)  
    43051 Type High Press (3)  
    49199 Senior Capstone (3)  
Type Course Title Credits
KFA ARTH 22007 Art History: Renaissance to Modern Art 3
KAD COMM 15000 Introduction to Human Communication 3
KSS/DD JMC 20001 Media, Power and Culture 3
  LIS 30010 Information Fluency in the Workplace and Beyond 3
  Kent Core Composition 6-8
  Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning 3-5
  Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts 6
  Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines) 3
  Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory) 6-7
  Kent Core Additional 3
  Minor Coursework 18
  Additional Minor Hours or General Electives 3 1

1.A minimum B- (2.700) grade in VCD 13001 before enrolling in VCD 23001.
2. A minimum C (2.000) grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.
3. Any VCD course taken is calculated in the major GPA. Number of credits required depends on meeting minimum 123 total credit hours and minimum 39 upper-division credit hours.

Special Requirements for All VCD Programs:

Special requirement 1:
VCD 23001 Introduction to Typography (3)
Admission to VCD 23001 requires students to receive a grade of B- (2.700) or better in VCD 13001.     

Special requirement 2:
VCD 20009 VCD Sophomore Portfolio Review (1)
VCD 20009  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, 23001 and 33000.

Special requirement 3:
A minor is required for the B.A. See advisor or roadmap for specific details on minor requirements.

Special Major Note:

Students who pass 15 credits of non-remedial academic coursework each fall and spring semester and the 1-credit First Year Experience course will accumulate 121 credits in four years. This major requires 123 credits for graduation. Students can stay on track for graduation by:

  • Declaring their major as freshmen and completing all courses in sequence (bear in mind that switching majors may cause a delay in graduation);
  • Prioritizing required courses above electives;
  • Meeting regularly with their academic advisors to stay on track;
  • Passing each required course the first time attempted and maintaining the minimal GPA for the major;
  • Successfully completing more than 15 credit hours of relevant coursework (field-based work, internship) during academic semesters; and/or
  • Completing relevant coursework (field-based work, internship) during summer sessions.