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OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2020-21 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2020-21 [Archived Catalog]

Graphic Design Major (B.F.A.)

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Major code BF6321

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

Mark Franz, Area Chair, Graphic Design, franz@ohio.edu


Program Overview

All students pursuing this degree enter the School of Art + Design as Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Studio Art majors and share common requirements in general academics, studio foundations, and art history.  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, usually at the end of the sophomore year.

The Graphic 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

Students must submit a portfolio application to the Graphic Design area, after completing the following coursework: the Foundations Program; ART 2510   and ART 2520  ; and two, additional 2000-level studio courses. This is usually during the spring term of a student’s sophomore year. The Graphic Design area holds an information session to assist students in preparing their portfolio.

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 designers are prepared also to enter advanced degree programs.


Total Hours Required

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with major in Graphic Design requires a minimum of 128 hours.

Universitywide Graduation Requirements

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

School of Art + Design Requirements

All majors in the School of Art + Design (B.A. and B.F.A. degrees) require an accumulative 2.0 GPA and a 2.75 GPA in the major.

Introductory Art History

Complete the following two courses:
(Note: these Art History courses also fulfill Tier II requirements.)

Art History 3000/4000-Level Courses

Complete two of the following courses:


Complete the following courses:

Studio Art 2000-Level Courses

Complete five of the following courses:
(Note: Students applying to the B.F.A. in Graphic Design must complete ART 2510   and ART 2520 .)

Studio Art/Graphic Design 3000/4000-Level Courses

Graphic Design 4000-Level Courses

 Complete the following courses:

Graphics Design Practicum/Thesis/Tier III

Complete the following courses, which also fulfills Tier III requirements.

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