Feb 08, 2023  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2009-10 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2009-10 [Archived Catalog]

Graphic Design Major (B.F.A.)

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Major code BF6321

All students enter the School of Art as Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) art majors, and must complete requirements in studio foundations and art history before applying for admission into the B.F.A degree during their second year of study. This application also requires a portfolio review, a minimum accumulative GPA of 2.75, and an in-major GPA of 3.0.

Minimum credit hours required for graduation: 192

Studio Majors

The B.F.A. degree program with a major in one studio area provides extensive study in a single discipline. Studio majors find success as professional artists or graphic designers, enter graduate schools, or work in related art and design fields.

All B.F.A. studio areas require an exhibition of each student’s artwork as the crowning event in achieving the degree. Student achievements are acknowledged through awards presented at student exhibitions, as well as through talent and academic scholarships. These scholarships are available to both incoming and continuing students.

All students enter the program as Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) art majors and share common requirements in general academics, studio foundations, and art history. To become a major in ceramics, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking, or sculpture, a portfolio of studio work must be submitted for review at the end of the sophomore year. Students may apply to more than one area, but are encouraged to dedicate their studies to only one, after passing review. Some major areas have portfolio reviews only in the spring, while others have them each quarter. Consult area faculty for specific dates and criteria for review.

General Academics

Years One-Four

  • Tier I English Composition Credit Hours: 5
  • Tier I Quantitative Skills Credit Hours: 4-5
  • Tier I Junior Composition Credit Hours: 4
  • Tier II Electives Credit Hours: 30
  • Tier III Elective or Tier III Equivalent Credit Hours: 4-5
    (not needed before portfolio review)

Studio Foundations

Select one of the following two courses:

Art History

Select three courses from:

Studio Requirements

  • Five 200-level Studio Courses are required to apply for major, three of which must be ART 250, ART 251, and ART 255.
    Some of these credits will apply toward the 35 hours of required studio electives.

Portfolio Review for Admission to Major occurs during the sophomore year. Students must submit portfolios for review after the completion of the Studio Foundations Program and five 200-level studio courses. Applicants must have a 3.0 minimum GPA in all graphic design courses and a minimum of 3.0 GPA overall. These averages must be maintained to retain major standards. Consult the area chair for details on the portfolio requirements in your area of interest.

Graphic Design Studio Courses

Year Two

Year Four

  • Seven Studio Electives Credit Hours: 35
    (15 credits must be from 300-400 level)
    Some of these credits are gained prior to portfolio review. 
  • Two Art History Electives (300-400 level) Credit Hours: 8

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