M.F.A On Campus

Visual Communication Design

Kent State University

24 months
17982 USD/year
17982 USD/year
9648 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Master of Fine Arts degree in Visual Communication Design from Kent State University serves students with a strong undergraduate and/or professional experience in design who wish to advance into leadership roles.


Classes have been developed to create an educational experience in design highlighted by field research methods, design thinking, and social innovation, augmented by practical university teaching experience. 

The Visual Communication Design program from Kent State University allows graduates to pursue careers in design education, but they also stand out in the industry for their ability to solve problems from a research-based design perspective. The program offers individualized plans of study, experiential learning, design history and research. Interdisciplinary study is encouraged.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Develop leadership abilities necessary for success in the design industry or higher education
  • Develop skills for collaborative engagement with strategic partners, team members and peers
  • Develop deeper awareness of issues related to the cognitive, social, theoretical, cultural, technological, educational and economic contexts of design
  • Develop understanding of design’s use as a strategic tool and medium for business and social applications, through the integration of practice and research.
  • Develop enhanced comprehension of design thinking, design process and metacognition
  • Develop capabilities in the planning, application, and synthesis of field research methods and their use in design process

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Candidacy Review/graphic Design And Illustration 
  • Graduate Studio In Visual Communication Design
  • Graduate Seminar In Visual Communication Design
  • College Teaching In Visual Communication Design
  • M.F.A. Thesis 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

For timely consideration of the application, it is recommended applicants submit a complete application at least one month before the start of the semester.


60 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Undergraduate degree in design or closely related program
  • Minimum 2.750 undergraduate major GPA on a 4.000 point scale
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Résumé
  • Goal statement
  • Autobiographical statement (250 words)
  • Portfolio
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • English language proficiency

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17982 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17982 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    17982 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17982 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    9648 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9648 USD per year during 24 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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