Photo Illustration - B.F.A.

College of Communication and Information
School of Visual Communication Design
241 Taylor Hall
Kent Campus
330-672-7856
vcd@kent.edu
www.kent.edu/vcd


Description

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photo Illustration provides the student with a comprehensive program of study, balancing a liberal arts education with studio offerings in digital photography. Grounded in formal, technical and conceptual skills building, the Photo Illustration major focuses on the profession of photography as it relates to commerce. The program builds a photography professional through experiential learning opportunities, as well as through required courses in graphic design and multimedia.

There are many study abroad/away opportunities. For more information contact the Office of Global Education or CCI's coordinator of International Study Programs.

Fully Offered At:

  • Kent Campus

Accreditation

National Association of Schools of Art and Design

Admission Requirements

Admission to this major is selective. The School of Visual Communication Design recognizes that competence in visual design, as well as intellectual capacity, are necessary qualities in students who plan to prepare for a career in visual communication design. Therefore, the right is reserved to require evidence of achievement in design and related areas from all students aspiring to enroll for the first time as majors in the school. Early admission is recommended.

The school director may impose additional requirements considered reasonable and necessary. Each transfer student will be evaluated individually in terms of his or her ability to perform within the program. A transfer applicant’s strengths and deficiencies will be considered and his or her transfer credits will reflect that consideration.

For more information on admissions, visit the admission website.

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 75 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score or minimum 48 PTE Academic score, or by completing the ELS level 112 Intensive Program. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website.

 

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

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

University Requirements 

All students in a bachelor's degree program at Kent State University must complete the following university requirements for graduation.

NOTE:  University requirements may be fulfilled in this program by specific course requirements. Please see Program Requirements for details.

Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
Course is not required for students with 25 transfer credits, excluding College Credit Plus, or age 21+ at time of admission.
Diversity Domestic/Global (DIVD/DIVG) 2 courses
Students must successfully complete one domestic and one global course, of which one must be from the Kent Core.
Experiental Learning Requirement (ELR) varies
Students must successfully complete one course or approved experience.
Kent Core (see table below) 36-37
Writing-Intensive Course (WIC) 1 course
Students must earn a minimum C grade in the course.
Upper-Division Requirement 39 (or 42)
Students must successfully complete 39 upper-division (numbered 30000 to 49999) credit hours to graduate. Students in a B.A. and/or B.S. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete 42 upper-division credit hours.
Total Credit Hour Requirement 120
Some bachelor's degrees require students to complete more than 120 credit hours.

Kent Core Requirements

Kent Core Composition (KCMP) 6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning (KMCR) 3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (KHUM/KFA) (min one course each) 9
Kent Core Social Sciences (KSS) (must be from two disciplines) 6
Kent Core Basic Sciences (KBS/KLAB) (must include one laboratory) 6-7
Kent Core Additional (KADL) 6
Total Credit Hours: 36-37

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

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Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
VCD 13000INTRODUCTION TO VISUAL COMMUNICATION DESIGN 3
VCD 13001INTRODUCTION TO VISUAL COMMUNICATION DESIGN STUDIO (min B- grade)3
VCD 18000PHOTOGRAPHY 3
VCD 18002PHOTOGRAPHY II 3
VCD 20096PHOTO-ILLUSTRATION SOPHOMORE PORTFOLIO REVIEW (min S grade) 11
VCD 23001INTRODUCTION TO TYPOGRAPHY 3
VCD 28001ADVANCED PHOTOGRAPHY 3
VCD 28003PHOTO TECHNOLOGY 3
VCD 28004PHOTOGRAPHIC PERSPECTIVES 3
VCD 28005COLOR PHOTOGRAPHY 3
VCD 28007ADVANCED DIGITAL IMAGING 3
VCD 34004VISUAL ETHICS 3
VCD 34006MOTION DESIGN 3
VCD 37000VISUAL DESIGN FOR MEDIA: ADVANCED 3
VCD 38001PHOTOGRAPHICS 3
VCD 38007PHOTO-ILLUSTRATION TECHNIQUES 3
VCD 38009INTERNSHIP SEMINAR - PHOTO-ILLUSTRATION 2
VCD 38011EDITORIAL PHOTOGRAPHY 3
VCD 40192INTERNSHIP II-GRAPHIC DESIGN/ILLUSTRATION/PHOTO-ILLUSTRATION (ELR) 3
VCD 45000GRAPHIC DESIGN PERSPECTIVES (WIC) 23
VCD 48001PHOTOGRAPHIC PROJECT 3
VCD 48002ADVANCED PHOTOGRAPHIC PROJECT 3
VCD 48003PROFESSIONAL PORTFOLIO - PHOTO-ILLUSTRATION 2
VCD 48009FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY 3
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
ARTH 22006ART HISTORY: ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL ART (KFA) 3
ARTH 22007ART HISTORY: RENAISSANCE TO MODERN ART (KFA) 3
Art History Upper-Division Elective (ARTH 30000 or 40000 level)3
COMM 15000INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN COMMUNICATION (KADL) 3
ENTR 27056INTRODUCTION TO ENTREPRENEURSHIP 3
JMC 20001MEDIA, POWER AND CULTURE (DIVD) (KSS) 3
LIS 30010INFORMATION FLUENCY IN THE WORKPLACE AND BEYOND 3
UC 10097DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Entrepreneurship (ENTR) Elective3
Kent Core Composition6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning3
Kent Core Humanities 3
Kent Core Social Sciences 3
Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory)6-7
Kent Core Additional3
General Electives (total credit hours depends on earning 120 credit hours, including 39 upper-division credit hours)3
Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
1

VCD 20096 must be taken concurrently with VCD 28005 and VCD 28007, after completion of VCD 28001 and VCD 28003. Photo-Illustration Sophomore Portfolio Review is an examination in conference with the visual communication design faculty acting as a committee. Students who successfully pass the review may continue in the B.F.A. degree program in Photo-Illustration. Students who do not successfully pass will be provided academic advice for additional coursework and resubmission of portfolio for review.

2

A minimum C grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

Progression Requirements

  • Students must receive a minimum B- in VCD 13001 before enrolling in VCD 23001. VCD 13001 may be taken a maximum three times until a minimum B- grade is achieved.
  • Students must maintain a 2.500 major GPA in order to continue taking VCD courses. Failure to do so at the end of one semester will result in a written warning with the option of repeating certain VCD courses in order to meet minimum grade and GPA requirements to continue. Failure to do so at the end of two consecutive semesters will result in not being permitted to enroll in VCD courses. Students in this situation will be contacted by an academic advisor to create an alternative plan of study with a new major.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
2.750 2.500
  • Any VCD course taken is calculated in the major GPA.
  • A minimum B- grade may be required in some courses.
 

Roadmap

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
!VCD 13000 INTRODUCTION TO VISUAL COMMUNICATION DESIGN 3
!VCD 13001 INTRODUCTION TO VISUAL COMMUNICATION DESIGN STUDIO 3
!VCD 18000 PHOTOGRAPHY 3
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Two
COMM 15000 INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN COMMUNICATION (KADL) 3
!VCD 18002 PHOTOGRAPHY II 3
!VCD 23001 INTRODUCTION TO TYPOGRAPHY 3
VCD 37000 VISUAL DESIGN FOR MEDIA: ADVANCED 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Three
ARTH 22006 ART HISTORY: ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL ART (KFA) 3
!VCD 28001 ADVANCED PHOTOGRAPHY 3
!VCD 28003 PHOTO TECHNOLOGY 3
!VCD 28004 PHOTOGRAPHIC PERSPECTIVES 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Four
ARTH 22007 ART HISTORY: RENAISSANCE TO MODERN ART (KFA) 3
JMC 20001 MEDIA, POWER AND CULTURE (DIVD) (KSS) 3
!VCD 20096 PHOTO-ILLUSTRATION SOPHOMORE PORTFOLIO REVIEW 1
!VCD 28005 COLOR PHOTOGRAPHY 3
!VCD 28007 ADVANCED DIGITAL IMAGING 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Five
!VCD 38001 PHOTOGRAPHICS 3
!VCD 38007 PHOTO-ILLUSTRATION TECHNIQUES 3
!VCD 38009 INTERNSHIP SEMINAR - PHOTO-ILLUSTRATION 2
VCD 34004 VISUAL ETHICS 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours14
Semester Six
ENTR 27056 INTRODUCTION TO ENTREPRENEURSHIP 3
!VCD 38011 EDITORIAL PHOTOGRAPHY 3
Art History Upper-Division Elective (ARTH 30000 or 40000 level) 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Third Summer Term
!VCD 40192 INTERNSHIP II-GRAPHIC DESIGN/ILLUSTRATION/PHOTO-ILLUSTRATION (ELR) 3
 Credit Hours3
Semester Seven
!VCD 48001 PHOTOGRAPHIC PROJECT 3
!VCD 48009 FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY 3
VCD 34006 MOTION DESIGN 3
VCD 45000 GRAPHIC DESIGN PERSPECTIVES (WIC) 3
 Credit Hours12
Semester Eight
LIS 30010 INFORMATION FLUENCY IN THE WORKPLACE AND BEYOND 3
!VCD 48002 ADVANCED PHOTOGRAPHIC PROJECT 3
!VCD 48003 PROFESSIONAL PORTFOLIO - PHOTO-ILLUSTRATION 2
Entrepreneurship (ENTR) Elective 3
General Electives 3
 Credit Hours14
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120