See what’s new this Fall 2012 in our graduate program! Meet our students and check out their work on the new part of our site. vcdgrad.com
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-students are challenged to pursue their interests, identify strengths and improve weaknesses, and develop the motivation and discipline so critical to professional success. Students have the opportunity to interact with a variety of faculty members, including nine full-time Visual Communication Design professors and several adjunct instructors who hold graduate faculty status. This diverse experience provides a variety of opinions and criticisms and allows students to expand their vocabulary of ideas, problem-solving techniques, and aesthetic directions. 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 the KSUCDA 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. Graduate students are each assigned personal space in the 2,800-square-foot graduate studio which houses twelve, 50-square-foot workstations accessible 24 hours a day.
All students applying to the VCD Graduate Program must go through the on-line admissions located at http://www.kent.edu/admissions/apply/.
All US applicants must apply through Research and Graduate Studies (RAGS) Graduate Admissions. All questions regarding the on-line application process may be directed to RAGS. Specific questions regarding the VCD Graduate Program may be directed to the Graduate Coordinator, Professor Sanda S. Katila at firstname.lastname@example.org or 330.672.9729.
International students, please go to Office of International Affairs. All questions regarding the international student application must be directed to the Office of International Affairs.
With your online application, you must include the following:
All materials listed above need to be submitted by August 1 for Fall 2012 Semester admissions.
All portfolios must be presented online. Our submission must meet the following expectations:
Graduate Catalog (College of Communication and Information) as a downloadable pdf.
A formal review of the work completed in the first 12 semester credit hours of graphic design and/or illustration courses for both M.F.A and M.A. IP permissible.
A research project for nonthesis option M.A. students approved in consultation with the faculty adviser which culminates in a visual project, exhibition and formal presentations. IP permissible.
Thesis students must register for a minimum of 6 hours, 2-6 hours in a single semester or distributed over several semesters if desired. S/U grading; IP permissible.
Thesis students must continue registration each semester until all degree requirements are met. S/U grading; IP permissible. Prerequisite: VCD 68199.