Terry Eiler, Director
The College of Communication offers an interdisciplinary visual communication degree with four specialized sequences. The school has been twice recognized as a Program of Excellence in photography and visual communication by the Ohio Board of Regents. Students can earn a Bachelor of Science in Visual Communication degree.
The 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.
Major sequences are offered in informational graphics/publication designs, interactive multimedia, photojournalism for newspapers and magazines, and commercial photography (advertising and ediorial photographs).
In recent years, Ohio University visual communication students have worked on paid internships at newspapers and magazines and in advertising, commercial photography, fashion industry, and multimedia design. Internships have been available in almost all states and several international locations.
Many Ohio University visual communication students are active members of the Ohio News Photographers Association and other state press photographer groups and are student members of the National Press Photographers Association, the Society for News Design, National Association of Black Journalists, and the American Society of Media Photographers. Ohio University students have been highly successful in state and national competitions.
Students seeking acceptance to the School of Visual Communication must first be accepted for admission to Ohio University. Once accepted by the University, applicants will receive a written invitation to interview for direct admission to the school.
Interviews are normally conducted in January of the year you wish to enter the school. The interview process includes a review of the applicant's portfolio and submission of a written essay.
Student applicants usually rank in the top quarter of their high school class and/or have outstanding SAT or ACT scores. In addition, students who demonstrate notable talent or experience or are members of a historically under-represented group 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, the school requires use of certain basic levels of equipment.
All students are required to have access to a 35mm SLR camera with a 35mm f/2 lens or a 50mm f/2 lens. The camera should permit full manual control over aperture, shutter speeds, film speed settings, and focus. An automatic "point and shoot" camera will not meet the requirements of any VICO photographic class. Please contact the school for current equipment recommendations.
It is highly recommended that all students in the school have their own computer for use in completing class assignments. 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 314. Please contact the school for current hardware and software recommendations.
Photojournalism students entering VICO 390 should have access to at least one professional-level 35mm SLR camera (film or digital), two lenses, and necessary accessories. One lens should have a 35mm or wider focal length with an f/2.8 or faster aperture. The second lens should be in the 135 to 200mm f/2.8 range. Zoom lenses are also acceptable if they meet the fixed aperture requirement of f/2.8.
Commercial Photography students entering VICO 321 should have access to at least one professional-level medium-format camera with interchangeable film backs, a Polaroid back, one wide-angle lens, one telephoto lens, and an electronic flash meter.
You should expect to spend approximately $400-$700 per photography course for materials.
The following policy has been established by the School of Visual Communication as a means of selecting the best qualified students for the program. The academic quality of the curriculum depends in part on maintaining enrollment at a number that may be effectively served by faculty and facilities. The school is dedicated to top-quality instruction, and this policy is one means through which that goal is achieved.
Very limited transfer openings are available in each major sequence each academic year.
The School of Visual Communication will accept transfer students only when openings are available. Please call the school to determine the current 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.
Transfer applicants from outside Ohio University must also follow the procedures for admission to the University.
You must be enrolled for one academic year (three consecutive quarters) or the final 48 hours in the school to earn a degree.
Transfer requirements for Ohio University students:
Students applying for transfer must submit to the school an application packet that includes the following material:
Current Ohio University transfer applications will be considered once a quarter only if openings are available. Deadline for transfer application materials: Noon on the third Friday of fall, winter, or spring quarter.
Major sequence change requirements for students in the School of Visual Communication:
Students with less than 90 earned credit hours may apply for transfer within the school. Requirements include: a written request by the student to the school, approved by faculty committee, and available openings in the requested major sequence.
Students with over 90 earned hours seeking an internal transfer must meet the same transfer requirements as those students seeking admission to the school.
School of Visual Communication majors are required to meet all General Education Requirements of Ohio University, including Tier I, Tier II, and Tier III.
The general education requirements provide a liberal arts and sciences core for all students with the following courses:
Anthropology 101 (1 qtr)
History (2 qtrs)
Philosophy 120 and 130 (2 qtrs)
Political Science (2 qtrs)
Psychology 101 (1 qtr)
Sociology 101 (1 qtr)
A thoughtful selection from the Tier II list will enable you to meet the school requirements while fulfilling many of Ohio University's Tier II requirements.
Specialization Area Requirements
Visual Communication students must complete a minimum of 20, school-approved hours of related study in advanced courses (200 and above).
No course may be counted for more than one type of school requirement. For example, a course used to meet a general requirement may not also be applied to a specialization area or sequence requirement.
Visual Communication Core Requirements
All Visual Communication majors complete a basic core of seven courses totaling 33 hours:
ART 116 Drawing I 4 AH 237 Photo History Survey 4 JOUR 133 Precision Language for Journalists 4 VICO 120 Intro to Visual Communication (fall only) 4 VICO 140 Studies in Visual Communication (winter only) 4 VICO 221 Intro to Visual Communication Skills 4 VICO 314 Intro to Publication Design 4 VICO 371 Digital Imaging 4 Total core requirements 33Standards
ART 250 Graphic Design Principles 5 ART 251 Typography 5 ART 113 Three Demensional Design 4 ART 117 Drawing II 4 JOUR 231 News Writing 4 JOUR 233 Information Gathering 3 JOUR 411 Communication Law 3 VICO 311 Informational Graphics 5 VICO 323 Publication Layout and Design 4 VICO 335 Picture Editing 3 VICO 336 Adv. Picture Editing 3 VICO 361 Intro to Web Design 4 VICO 412 Adv. Informational Graphics 5 VICO 426 Adv. Publication Layout and Design 4 Total sequence requirements 56 Interactive Multimedia Major code BS6923 JOUR 233 Information Gathering 3 TCOM 110 Production Writing/ Planning 4 TCOM 220 Audio Production 4 TCOM 240 Video Production 4 TCOM 223 Computer Animation 4 VICO 311 Informational Graphics 5 VICO 361 Intro to Web Design 4 VICO 462 Advanced Web Design 4 VICO 473 Interactive Media 4 VICO 488 Interactive Media II 4 Total sequence requirements 40 Photo Journalism Major code BS6922 JOUR 231 News Writing 4 JOUR 233 Information Gathering 4 JOUR 411 Communication Law 3 VICO 222 Visual Communication Tools 4 VICO 335 Picture Editing 3 VICO 390 Intro to Photojournalism 4 VICO 327 Photo Illustration--Fashion 4 or VICO 328 Photo Illustration-Still Life or VICO 393 Intermediate Photojournalism III or VICO 324 Portraiture VICO 391 Intermediate Photojournalism I 4 VICO 392 Intermediate Photojournalism II 4 VICO 486 Advanced Photo Reportage I 4 VICO 487 Advanced Photo Reportage II 4 or VICO 421 Documentary/Essay or 5 Total sequence requirements 41-42 Commercial Photography Major code BS6925 JOUR 250 Advertising Principles 4 VICO 222 Visual Communication Tools 4 VICO 321 Intro to Photo Illustration 4 VICO 327 Photo Illustration--Fashion 4 VICO 328 Photo Illustration--Still Life 4 VICO 427 Adv. Photo Illustration (Business Practices) 5 VICO 428 Adv. Photo Illustration (Studio Practices) 5 VICO 429 Adv. Photo Illustration (Applications) 5 Choice of 8 hours of advisor approved business law, accounting, marketing courses 8 Total sequence requirements 43