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School of Visual Communication Design

About This Program

Ready to take on leadership roles in the design industry? The M.F.A. degree in Visual Communication Design focuses on field research methods, design thinking and social innovation, augmented by a practical university teaching experience. As a graduate, you'll be able to pursue careers in design education, but you'll also stand out in the industry for your ability to solve problems from a research-based design perspective. Read more...

Contact Information

Program Delivery

  • Delivery:
    • In person
  • Location:
    • Kent Campus

Examples of Possible Careers and Salaries*

Art directors

  • -1.8% decline
  • 99,100 number of jobs
  • $97,270 potential earnings

Graphic designers

  • -3.8% decline
  • 281,500 number of jobs
  • $53,380 potential earnings

Fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators

  • 1.0% slower than the average
  • 28,300 number of jobs
  • $52,340 potential earnings

Additional Careers

  • Brand Manager
  • Creative Director
  • Design Director
  • Design Researcher
  • Design Strategist
  • Digital Designer
  • Multimedia Designer
  • Professor of Design
  • Product Designer
  • Senior Designer
  • User Experience Designer
  • Visual Designer


National Association of Schools of Art and Design

* Source of occupation titles and labor data comes from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook. Data comprises projected percent change in employment over the next 10 years; nation-wide employment numbers; and the yearly median wage at which half of the workers in the occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less.