Lake Erie College to debut new major in visual communication and graphic design


A new major in visual communication and graphic design (VCGD) will soon be available through Lake Erie College’s School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Many graphic design programs only lead to a Bachelor of Arts degree, but VCGD offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree track as well.

Conceptualized by Assistant Professor of Digital Technology, Graphics and Design Anthony Ezzo, MFA, the new major is geared toward students interested in working as graphic designers, web designers, animators, creative directors, or in other related careers.

Set to launch in the fall 2018 semester, the VCGD major replaces the College’s previous degree track in integrated media, digital art and technology. Coursework required for the major includes studies in graphic design, typography, digital illustration, motion graphics, web design, package design and more, providing a holistic understanding of the career paths students may pursue.

Ezzo, who has worked in the design field since 1998, notes students are increasingly interested in design-related careers because of society’s growing reliance on mobile devices.

“Students are realizing this field offers high-paying jobs designing interfaces for mobile apps and user testing,” he said. “We developed the curriculum in our VCGD major around the belief that the graphic designer is a visual thinker and problem solver who effectively explores a variety of solutions, regardless of industry.” 

Courses in the major will primarily take place in the College’s Tracy H. Dickinson ’78 Digital Media Lab, allowing students to develop expertise in software such as Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign.

Notably, courses in the major will require students to work with non-profit clients from the community, providing firsthand experience with timelines, budgets and the like. By the end of the program, students will have created comprehensive portfolios of their work to use as they seek employment following graduation. 

“Graduates of the VCGD program will have the skills to create design solutions for a variety of businesses including nonprofits, ad agencies, design studios or corporations, or even as freelance designers,” said Ezzo.

Ezzo holds a BFA in graphic design from the University of Akron and an MFA in graphic design from Kent State University. He has produced award-winning work, including “All Night Long” which earned the Pixi Award from American Greetings in 2006, and “Color Play” which earned the Aquent International Award in 2001. Ezzo was previously an instructor at Kent State University and Cuyahoga Community College and is the owner of PIXER-Video and Graphic Design and Studio 127 Design Studios. 

For more information on the visual communication and graphic design major at Lake Erie College, contact Anthony Ezzo at


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