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Photo-Illustration Program Earns Accreditation from National Association of Schools of Art and Design

Posted Jun. 11, 2013
At its spring 2013 meeting, the Commission on Accreditation of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) granted final approval for listing for the Bachelor of Science in Photo-Illustration degree program in the School of Visual Communication Design (VCD) at Kent State University.
Although the school at large is accredited by NASAD, an achievement that is gained only through a rigorous review process, the review was necessary because the school acquired the program after the last full self-study was completed and submitted. The next full accreditation review will be in the 2015-2016 academic year.

VCD Director AnnMarie LeBlanc congratulated the faculty, specifically VCD Associate Professors Jaime Kennedy and Christopher Ransom “for building a curriculum and facilities we can all be very proud of.”

According to the organization’s website, “NASAD, founded in 1944, is an organization of schools, colleges and universities. It has approximately 322 accredited institutional members. It establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials.”

The Bachelor of Science in Photo-Illustration is a 127-hour degree program that is grounded in formal, technical and conceptual skill building and is focused on the profession of photography as it relates to commerce. The degree requires portfolio reviews at the sophomore and junior levels as well as for-credit internships. For further information on the photo-illustration program, visit the VCD Undergraduate Programs website

Media Contact: Jennifer Kramer, APR,, 330-672-1960