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

Attribute 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.

Attribute Course Title Credits Min. Grade
  US 10097 Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1 1  
MAJOR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (79 credits) Courses count in major GPA 
Attribute Course Title Credits Min. Grade
  VCD 13000 Introduction to Visual Communication Design 3  
  VCD 13001 Introduction to Visual Communication Design Studio 2 3 B-
  VCD 20010 Introduction to Design Research 3  
  VCD 20196 VCD Sophomore Portfolio Review 1  
  VCD 22000 Design/Illustration Techniques I 3  
  VCD 22001 Design/Illustration Techniques II 3  
  VCD 23001 Introduction to Typography 2 3  
  VCD 28000 Photography 3  
  VCD 32000 Illustration I 3  
  VCD 33000 Graphic Design I 3  
  VCD 33001 Graphic Design II 3  
  VCD 34004 Visual Ethics 3  
  VCD 34005 Introduction to 3-D Graphic Design 3  
  VCD 34006 Motion Design 3  
  VCD 40025 Professional Portfolio 2  
ELR VCD 40092 Internship I - Graphic Design/Illustration 1  
Internship II - Graphic Design/Illustration  or
Graphic Design Studio—Glyphix
WIC VCD 45000 Graphic Design Perspectives 3 C 3
  VCD Bachelor of Fine Arts Guided Electives 4 30  
  VCD 28002 Photography II (3)    
  VCD 32001 Illustration II (3)    
  VCD 38003 Photo Technology (3)    
  VCD 38004 Advanced Photography (3)    
  VCD 40052 Graphic Design—Travel and Field Experience (1-6)    
  VCD 40053 Graphic Design Studio—Glyphix (1-6)    
  VCD 40095 Special Topics: Graphic Design/Illustration (1-4)    
  VCD 42000 Advanced Illustration: Media (3)    
  VCD 42002 Editorial Illustration (3)    
  VCD 42003 Advertising Illustration (3)    
  VCD 43000 Studio Production (3)    
  VCD 43001 Interaction Design: Communities and Culture (3)    
  VCD 43002 Typographic/Photographic Graphic Design (3)    
  VCD 43003 Corporate Identity/Graphic Design (3)    
  VCD 43004 Issues of Graphic Design Business (3)    
  VCD 43005 Packaging, Promotion and Retail Environments (3)    
  VCD 43006 Environmental Graphic Design (3)    
  VCD 43007 Information Graphics (3)    
  VCD 43051 Type High Press (3)    
  VCD 46003 Advanced Typography (3)    
ELR VCD 49199 Senior Capstone (3)    
Attribute Course Title Credits Min. Grade
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  
  Upper-division Art History (ARTH) 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 a lab) 6-7  
  Kent Core Additional 3  
  General Electives or Additional VCD BFA Guided Electives 4 4  
  1. US 10097 is not required of transfer students with 25 credits (excluding College Credit Plus and dual-enrollment) or students age 21+ at time of admission.
  2. VCD 13001 may be taken a maximum three times until a minimum B- grade is achieved.
  3. A minimum C (2.000) grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.
  4. Any VCD course taken is calculated in the major GPA. Number of credits required depends on meeting minimum 126 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 20196 VCD Sophomore Portfolio Review (1)
VCD 20196, 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, 33000 and a daylong test of technical skills and aesthetic abilities.