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OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2015-16 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2015-16 [Archived Catalog]

Graphic Design Major (B.F.A.)

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Major code BF6321

College of Fine Arts
School of Art + Design
Seigfried Hall 528
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.4290
Fax: 740.593.0457

Rosemarie Basile, Assistant Director, Student Services/contact person

Program Overview

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 studio art B.F.A. major in graphic design, students must first complete the Foundations Program, take four 2000-level studio art courses, and submit a portfolio of studio work for review at the end of the sophomore year.

The graphics design area at Ohio University places emphasis on providing an understanding of the designer’s personal and social responsibility, developing the student’s capacity for critical thinking, and stimulating imagination and innovation. Understanding graphic design within a cultural context is an essential component of a designer’s education.

In the School of Art + Design, students in the graphic design area accomplish visual research in printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, painting, and photography while studying in their design studio classes. Studio classes, inside and outside the graphic design program, as well as liberal arts courses, prepare students for an immediate goal, the design practice, and a long term goal, continuing intellectual, personal, and creative growth.

Admissions Information

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Many graduating designers secure positions within top design firms nationally and internationally. Through the rigor of their academic studies and practical training, graduating designer are prepared also to enter advanced degree programs.


Major Hours Requirement

The graphic design major requires a minimum of 128 hours.

Universitywide Graduation Requirements

To complete this program, students must meet all Universitywide graduation requirements .

College-Level Requirements for the College of Fine Arts

View the College-Level Requirements for the College of Fine Arts. 

School of Art + Design Requirements

All majors in the School of Art + Design (B.A. and B.F.A. degrees) require an accumulative 2.75 GPA and a 3.0 GPA in the major.

Introductory Art History

Complete 2 of the following courses: (Art History courses fulfill Tier II requirements.)

Art History 3000/4000-Level Courses

Complete two of the following courses:

Studio Art Foundations

Complete the following courses:

Studio Art 2000-Level Courses

Complete four of the following courses. Two of the courses must be in your area of concentration; two courses are to be outside your area of concentration and can be topics courses.

Studio Art/Graphic Design 3000/4000-Level Courses

Complete the following courses:

Complete four of the following courses in consultation with your advisor:

Graphic Design 4000-Level Courses

 Complete the following courses:

Graphics Design Practicum/Thesis Tier III

Complete the following courses:

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