May 26, 2020  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2012-13 
    
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2012-13 [Archived Catalog]

VICO - Commercial Photography Major (B.S.V.C.)


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Major code BS6925

Scripps College of Communication
School of Visual Communication
Seigfred Hall 301
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.4898
Fax: 740.593.0190
http://www.viscom.ohiou.edu
viscom@ohio.edu

Stan Alost, contact person

Program Overview

The school has been recognized twice as a Program of Excellence by the Ohio Board of Regents and is a proud component of the Scripps College of Communication recognized by the state as a Center of Excellence – the only college in the state to receive that distinction.

Graduates of the program earn a Bachelor of Science in Visual Communication. The degree program is designed to provide students with realistic and thorough broad-based professionally oriented training in visual communication while providing the necessary liberal arts and cultural background for a strong educational foundation.

Intensive training is offered in informational graphics and publication design, interactive design, documentary photojournalism for newspapers, magazines and the Internet, and commercial photography.

Goals of the School

The goals of the School of Visual Communication are:

  1. to equip students with the necessary skills to be successful in the media, and the background and motivation to enable them to compete for leadership roles in the field
  2. to provide assistance and professional guidance in visual communication to working photographers, editors, and other personnel, newspapers, press services, magazines, industrial photographic departments, trade associations, multimedia and education media production units and cultural and scientific visual communicators
  3. to set high standards for visual integrity and communication ethics
  4. to foster and promote scholarly research and creative activities
     

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

The School of Visual Communication admits a limited number of students through a competitive selection process. The School has an admission deadline of December 15. All application materials must be received by that deadline. After you have been accepted to Ohio University, the School of Visual Communication will notify you by letter. As part of the selection process you will select a date and time to visit the school. The letter will ask you to schedule your visit (usually at the end of January), prior to the visit submit a 500-word essay of intent, and bring a sampling of your work (portfolio) to be viewed. On that day, prospective students will meet with faculty to discuss their goals, talk about the student’s work, and have the chance to meet other potential students and tour the school.

Successful applicants usually rank in the top quarter of their high school class and/or have outstanding SAT or ACT scores. In addition, if you demonstrate extraordinary talent or experience or are a member of a historically under-represented group, you will be given additional consideration for admission.

For this career-oriented professional program you will need professional equipment to complete assignments and eventually compete in the job market. Ensuring every opportunity for students to excel in a very competitive field, we require use of certain basic levels of equipment. It is highly recommended that all students in the school have their own computer for use in completing class assignments. The Ohio University “GO MOBILE” offers an excellent access to portable Apple computers.

Students majoring in interactive multimedia and informational graphics/publication design are required to have access to a computer with appropriate software by the time they enter VICO 1115 . Please contact the School for current hardware and software recommendations.

Commercial photography students entering VICO 2221  are required to have a professional-level DSLR of at least 12 mega-pixels or a medium format camera with interchangeable back. A full-frame 35mm size sensor is highly recommended if you choose the DSLR option. In addition to the camera, one wide-angle lens, one telephoto lens, an electronic flash meter, and a professional tripod are also required.

Beyond meeting admission guidelines, applicants are expected to interview and present a portfolio of work.

Change of Program Policy

The School of Visual Communication will consider transfer students twice a year, and only when openings are available. A very limited number of openings usually occur in each major sequence each academic year. Please call the School to determine the status of transfer openings. Students transferring with over 90 hours of credit will find it difficult to complete the School’s curriculum in two years. Here are the procedures:

  • You must have a 3.0 or higher GPA at the time of transfer.
  • Attend a transfer information session held at 10:00 a.m. on the fourth Friday of each semester.
  • Register in the school’s office on the eighth Monday of the semester for an interview on that Friday for open sequences.
  • For the interview, bring a current copy of your DARS or transcript, a resume, three letters of recommendation, a statement of intent letter, and a portfolio.
  • Successful applicants will be enrolled conditionally, and then have two consecutive semesters to complete  VICO 1000  and JOUR 1330  with a grade of C or better before final admission.

Transfer sequence requirements for students inside the School of Visual Communication:

Students with 15 to 60 earned credit hours may apply to transfer sequences within the School after meeting with their advisor and making a written request to the School’s faculty. Faculty approval and available openings in the requested major sequence are required before students will be allowed to transfer sequences.

Students with over 60 earned hours must meet the same transfer requirements as non-VisCom majors.

External Transfer Admission

The School of Visual Communication will consider transfer students twice a year, and only when openings are available. A very limited number of openings usually occur in each major sequence each academic year. Please call the School to determine the status of transfer openings. Students transferring with over 90 hours of credit will find it difficult to complete the School’s curriculum in two years. Here are the procedures:

  • If you are transferring from another institution, you must be accepted by Ohio University first.
  • You must have a 3.0 or higher GPA at the time of transfer.
  • Attend a transfer information session held at 10:00 a.m. on the fourth Friday of each semester.
  • Register in the school’s office on the eighth Monday of the semester for an interview on that Friday for open sequences.
  • For the interview, bring a current copy of your DARS or transcript, a resume, three letters of recommendation, a statement of intent letter, and a portfolio.
  • Successful applicants will be enrolled conditionally, and then have two consecutive semesters to complete  VICO 1000  and JOUR 1330  with a grade of C or better before final admission.

Transfer sequence requirements for students inside the School of Visual Communication:

Students with 15 to 60 earned credit hours may apply to transfer sequences within the School after meeting with their advisor and making a written request to the School’s faculty. Faculty approval and available openings in the requested major sequence are required before students will be allowed to transfer sequences.

Students with over 60 earned hours must meet the same transfer requirements as non-VisCom majors.
 

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Successful graduates find employment in the commercial photography industry or start their own businesses as freelance visual communicators.
 

Requirements

 

Universitywide Graduation Requirements


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

College-Level Requirements for the Scripps College of Communication


View the College-Level Requirements for the Scripps College of Communication .

Liberal Arts Requirement - Visual Communication


Complete the following courses:

  • Tier II - History (HIST) and Political Science (POLS). Complete any two courses from one area and one course from the other, for a total of three courses.

Visual Communication Core Requirement


Complete the following courses:

  • Select one elective College of Communication course outside of VisCom not already required.

Complete one of the following Art Foundation courses:


Complete one of the following Communication Law courses:


Complete one of the following Visual History courses:


Area of Specialization - Visual Communication


Complete a minimum of 12 hours of courses concentrated in an advisor approved area outside of the School of Visual Communication. All but one of the courses for this requirement must be at the 2000-level or above. One course may be at the 1000-level. The intent of this requirement is for students to add an additional skill and knowledge set outside of their major. A minor in business or art are recommended for commercial photography students.

Business Related Courses


Complete 6 hours of advisor approved business related courses or approved substitutions such as:

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