Ohio University

School of Visual Communication Portfolio Review

What Is a Portfolio Review?

If you have been admitted to Ohio University, congratulations! The School of Visual Communication requires a portfolio review for admission to the program. During your portfolio review, we would like to learn more about your creative goals and review any examples of creative work you can provide. This is also an opportunity for you to learn about us. If you don't have a portfolio or other examples of your work, we still want to talk to you. Don't let that keep you from coming.

Portfolio Review Dates 

Friday, February 28, 2020, at OHIO Up Close
Friday, March 20, 2020, at OHIO Up Close

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OHIO Up Close is an open house designed for admitted first-year students. This one-day event is the perfect opportunity for your and your family to get the essentials about life on the Athens campus, including academics, residence life, and campus organizations. The program includes special tour options, an academic session, resource fair, and a Q&A panel. To learn more and register to attend, visit the OHIO Up Close registration page.

If you are unable to attend one of the above portfolio review dates, contact Marlene Shostak, department administrator, by sending an e-mail or calling 740.597.1332.

Next Steps

  • Prepare portfolio/examples of your work
  • Attend portfolio review, preferably with portfolio/examples of your work

Thirty-minute portfolio reviews will be conducted on an as-needed basis. 

If you choose not to complete the portfolio review, or if you are not selected for admission to a Visual Communication major after your portfolio review, you will maintain your admission to the University for fall 2019 as an undecided major in University College.

Portfolio = Examples of your creative work

Our faculty would like to see examples of your work, if available. This is not a critique of your work, so there are no strict guidelines for what to include. It can be in any form you wish (even ceramics), as it's meant simply to give us an idea of your creative process and career goals to help us determine which of our majors best suits you. Many students come with links to their work, or hard copies and then take them home again. Past portfolios/examples of work have included these items:

  • Photographs
  • Work from school newspapers and yearbooks
  • Artwork done for classes and workshops
  • Posters
  • Personal websites

If you are bringing digital material, such as a flash drive, please note that we are an Apple Macintosh-based program and prepare your material for the Apple platform.