Kent State University

College of Communication and Information

School of Visual Communication Design


School of Visual Communication Design

Henderson Hall Box 5190

Kent, OH 44242

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Arts (MA); Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Kent State University offers the Master of Arts in Visual Communication Design and the terminal degree in the field, the Master of Fine Arts. Students come to the Visual Communication Design graduate program from a variety of backgrounds: illustration, advertising, industrial and graphic design, design education, and undergraduate design programs around the world. This diversity of experience has created an ever-changing and enriching environment in which degree candidates strive to reach individual and group goals. Graduate students in Visual Communication Design receive support in developing their individual abilities, interests, and personal aesthetic. Organized individually for each student, the curriculum includes required courses and assignments as well as opportunities for individual investigations. Graduate students also broaden their professional exposures by serving in the Glyphix studio for course credit and by working with guest instructors from around the world in summer workshops. Many Visual Communication Design graduate students seek advanced degrees in order to teach at the university level. To provide teaching experience at this level, teaching assistantships are available to second-year graduate students after they observe and assist faculty in introductory undergraduate courses. This background aids both students preparing for academic careers and also those who will take on management, direction, and instructional roles in industry.


National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)

Facts & Figures

# of Credits Required: 32: MA, 60: MFA

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): $747 - non-resident; $422 - resident USD

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large Suburb

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