48 months
21578 USD/year
21578 USD/year
12471 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Visual Communication Design from Kent State University prepares students for design and illustration professions. 

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Students develop technical proficiency and design expertise in the organization of imagery and typography to communicate information in two-dimensional and three-dimensional forms using interactive media, environments and motion design. Students produce work for print, video, screen and interactive experiences, as well as package design, exhibition design and environmental wayfinding.

This Visual Communication Design program from Kent State University leads to a professional degree and focuses on intensive work in the visual arts. The B.F.A. degree consists of approximately two-thirds of the coursework in the creation and study of the visual arts, with the remainder in liberal/general studies. Because of the greater emphasis on upper-level studio courses, the B.F.A. degree allows students an opportunity to build greater expertise in a given area of the field. The B.F.A. degree is for students planning to pursue a career in visual communication design and want to leave Kent State with a strong portfolio.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the ethics (and legal issues) closely associated with fields of visual communication.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of traditional hands-on skills relative to craftsmanship.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic use of digital technologies as they relate to their areas of study.
  • Demonstrate an ability to create visual response to communication problems, including understanding of hierarchy, typography, aesthetics, composition and construction of meaningful images.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Photography
  • Visual Design Thinking
  • Visual Communication Design Studio
  • Design Research
  • Design/illustration Techniques 
  • Typography
  • Design History and Theory
  • Graphic Design

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

National: Feb. 1 - Application Deadline for Merit Scholarship Consideration


120 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

    • New first-year applicants must finish secondary school in their home country by the time of enrollment to be eligible for university (comparable to the completion of senior high school in the U.S.). A student who has previously enrolled in a post-secondary (higher education) institution is required to apply as a transfer student.
    • The B.F.A. degree requires a minimum 2.700 major GPA and a 2.000 overall GPA calculated after the completion of VCD 33000.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21578 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21578 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    21578 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21578 USD per year during 48 months.
  • In-State

    12471 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12471 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Kent

1036 - 1710 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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