Feb 24, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23 [Archived Catalog]

Graphic Design Major (B.F.A.)

Major code BF6321

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

Mark Franz, Associate Professor, Graphic Design

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:

Art History 3000/4000-Level Courses

Complete one of the following two courses. In addition, complete one additional AH 3000/4000-level course, except AH 4711, AH 4920, and AH 4930.

Design-Related Studios Additional Options

Up to two courses can be included from the list below to meet the Design-Related Studios requirement. ART 2110, ART 2120, ART 3110, and ART 3120 can count for EITHER the Design-Related Studios requirement OR to meet the Studio Art requirement, but not both.

Graphics Design Thesis

Complete the following courses: