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Graphic Design Undergraduate Major (BFA, CRED, HBFA)

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College of Liberal Arts | School of Arts and Communication


The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design (GD) is an exciting and rigorous program at OSU. The disciplinary foundations of graphic design are rooted in visual problem solving, design theory and history, as well as professional practices that tie into business and marketing for specific audiences. Examples of the work graphic designers engage in include both print and digital media such as the design of:

The discipline of graphic design is constantly changing due to new technologies, broader target audiences, and softer boundaries between disciplines. Students learn to be adaptable, flexible and collaborative in how they work. Graphic designers are creative thinkers and makers and may have strengths and interests in drawing, printmaking and photography.



The Graphic Design major is a professional program. Entering students are designated as Pre-Graphic Design majors (major code 479).

The pre-professional Graphic Design program typically takes one year to complete. After completing the pre-professional program requirements, students may apply to the professional Graphic Design program. Students will not be permitted to take professional Graphic Design course work without acceptance into the professional Graphic Design program. If admitted into the professional Graphic Design program, it will take students three additional years to complete the professional program regardless of transfer credit standing.

Admission into the professional Graphic Design program is subject to a competitive application process. To apply and be considered for admission, all pre-professional students must meet the following requirements:


Baccalaureate Core (48)

Courses may include BBC courses in the pre-professional core and professional core.

Pre-Graphic Design Core

ART 122. Foundations: 4-D (4) [Terminated fall 2016]
ART 131. Foundations: Drawing I (4)
COMM 111. *Public Speaking (3) 
   or COMM 114. *Argument and Critical Discourse (3) 
   or COMM 218. *Interpersonal Communication (3)
DHE 121. Computer Design for Apparel (3)
DHE 160. Design Perspectives (3)
DHE 161. Design Explorations (4)
GD 126. Graphic Design Pro Application (1)
MTH 105. *Introduction to Contemporary Mathematics (3)
WR 121. *English Composition (3)

Graphic Design Professional Core

ART 204. *Introduction to Art History-Western (3)
  or ART 205. *Introduction to Art History-Western (3)
  or ART 206. *Introduction to Art History-Western (3)
ART 263. Digital Photography (4)
GD 226. Typography 1 (4)
GD 228. Process: Making and Meaning (4)

Graphic Design Professional Core

ART 367. *History of Design (3)
GD 325. Graphic Design: Collaborative Processes (4)
GD 326. Typography 2 (4)
GD 327. Typography 3 (4)
GD 328. Interactive 2 (4)
GD 369. Graphic Design History (3)
GD 412. ^Contemporary Issues in Design (3)
GD 420. Professional Practices (3)
GD 424. Brand Identity Systems (4)
GD 428. Senior Thesis Project (4) [Terminated winter 2016]

Electives: Select 2 of the following: (Not all are offered each year.)
DHE 400. Field Experience Orientation and Development (1,1)
   and DHE 410. Field Experience (12)
GD 419. Portfolio Review (2)
GD 421. Information and Publication Design (4)
GD 422. New Media: Interactive (4)
GD 423. Experimental Typography (4)
GD 427. Capstone 2 (4)
GD 429. Graphic Design Studio (4)

Credits needed to graduate with a BFA in Graphic Design=180


Upper-Division Credits Required: 60


Footnotes:

* Baccalaureate Core Course (BCC)
^ Writing Intensive Course (WIC)
+ Courses cannot be counted twice to fulfill requirements of the major

Pre-Graphic Design major code 479



Major Code: 779

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