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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:

Criteria for acceptance. Students will be evaluated on the following:


Baccalaureate Core (48–49)


Pre-Graphic Design Core (17)

ART 101. Introduction to the Visual Arts (3)
ART 115. Foundations: 2-D (4)
ART 121. Foundations: Computers in the Visual Arts (4)
ART 131. Foundations: Drawing I (4)
GD 126. Graphic Design Pro Application (2) 

Lower-Division Graphic Design Professional Core (32)

ART 204. *Introduction to Western Art: Prehistory to the High Middle Ages (3)
   or ART 205. *Introduction to Western Art: Gothic to Baroque (3)
   or ART 206. *Introduction to Western Art: Neoclassicism to Contemporary (3)
   or ART 208. Introduction to Asian Art (3)
   or ART 264. Photography: History, Technology, Culture and Art (3)
ART 263. Digital Photography (4)
GD 200. Graphic Design Technology and Production 1 (4)
GD 220. Graphic Design Technology and Production 2 (4)
GD 224. Interactive Design 1 (4)
GD 226. Typography 1 (4)
GD 228. Process: Making and Meaning (4)
GD 230. Graphic Design Professional Development (2)
GD 269. Graphic Design History (3)

Upper-Division Graphic Design Professional Core (39)

ART 367. *History of Design (3)
GD 312. ^Contemporary Issues in 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 419. Portfolio Review (3)
GD 420. Professional Practices (3)
GD 424. Brand Identity Systems (4)
GD 426. Graphic Design Capstone 1 (3)
GD 427. Capstone 2 (4)

Electives: 

100/200 Lower-Division Electives from ART, GD, or NMC (12)
300/400 Upper-Division Electives from ART, GD, or NMC (20)

Credits in Major=120
Bacc Core Credits=48–49
General Electives=11

Upper-Division credits required: 60
Credits needed to graduate with a BFA in Graphic Design=180


Footnotes:

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


Sample Four-Year Plan: Graphic Design


Year 1


Fall

ART 115. Foundations: 2-D (4)
ART 121. Foundations: Computers in Visual Arts (4)
COMM 111. *Public Speaking (3)
   COMM 114. *Argument and Critical Discourse (3)
   COMM 218. *Interpersonal Communication (3)
Bacc Core (DPD) (3)
General Elective (1)

Winter

ART 101. *Introduction to the Visual Arts (3)
ART 131. Foundations: Drawing I (4)
WR 121. *English Composition (3)
GD Lower-Division Elective (4)

Spring

ART 206. *Introduction Western Art: Neoclassicism to Contemporary (3)
   or Lower-Division Art History (3)
GD 126. Graphic Design Pro Application (2)
MTH 111. (4)
Bacc Core (SPI) (3)
GD Lower-Division Elective (4)

Year 2


​Fall

GD 200. Graphic Design Technology and Production 1 (4)
GD 226. Typography 1 (4)
GD 2xx (2)
Bacc Core (Physical Lab Science) (4)

Winter

ART 263. Digital Photography (4)
GD 224. Interactive Design 1 (4)
GD 269. Graphic Design History (3)
Bacc Core (Biological Lab Science) (4)

Spring

GD 220. Graphic Design Technology and Production 2 (4)
GD 228. Process: Making and Meaning (4)
GD Lower-Division Elective (4)
Bacc Core (Lab Science) (4)

Year 3


​Fall

GD 326. Typography 2 (4)
GD 328. Interactive 2 (4)
GD Upper-Division Elective (4)
Bacc Core (WR II) (3)

Winter

GD 325. Graphic Design: Collaborative Processes (4)
GD Upper-Division Elective (4)
GD Upper-Division Elective (4)
Bacc Core (Literature and Arts) (3)

Spring

ART 367. *History of Design (3)
GD 312. Contemporary Issues in Design (3)
GD 327. Typography 3 (4)
HHS 231. *Lifetime Fitness for Health (2)
PAC Course (1)
General Elective (2)

Year 4


​Fall

GD 420. Professional Practices (3)
GD 424. Brand Identity Systems (4)
Bacc Core (Cultural Diversity) (3)
General Elective (5)

Winter

GD 419. Portfolio Review (3)
GD 426. Graphic Design Capstone 1 (3)
GD Upper-Division Elective (4)
Bacc Core (Upper-division CGI) (3)
General Elective (2)

Spring

GD 427. Capstone 2 (4)
GD Upper-Division Elective (4)
Bacc Core (Upper-division STS) (3)
Bacc Core (Western Culture) (3)
General Elective (2)

Total=180


Pre-Graphic Design major code 479



Major Code: 779

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