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Graphic Design students.

B.F.A. in Graphic Design

Graphic Design—Bachelor of Fine Arts

Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program

What you’ll learn

The Graphic Design program focuses on sustainability and social impact, while developing a capacity for critical thinking, problem solving, and innovation. Courses will give you the opportunity to study the symbiotic nature of design and culture in local and global communities. Our interdisciplinary approach encourages a comprehensive understanding of the role of design and its relationship to fine art.

Explore topics like:

  • Typography
  • Visual systems
  • Motion
  • Interaction design
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography

Joining the program

All students will enter the School of Art + Design as Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) majors and share common requirements in general academics, studio foundations, and art history.

To become a studio art B.F.A. major in graphic design, students must first complete the Foundations Program; take two, 2000-level studio graphic design courses (ART 2510 and ART 2520) plus two studios outside of graphic design; and submit a portfolio of studio work for review at the end of the sophomore year.

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Career opportunities 

Many Graphic Design graduates secure positions within design firms nationally and internationally.

Areas of focus include:

  • Corporate, brand, and identity design
  • Package and collateral design
  • Information and interactive design
  • Publication and book design
  • Signage and environmental design
  • Type design

Applying to the program

When you’ve completed the prerequisites for the program, a portfolio is required for entrance into the program. Portfolios are reviewed by the Graphic Design faculty as well as the M.F.A. Graphic Design students who participated in teaching the sophomore-level classes. Along with your work, please submit: 

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Graphic Design faculty

Get to know our faculty who are accomplished designers, artists, and creative researchers with work exhibited around the world. If you’d like more information about the graphic design program, reach out to Professor Mark Franz.

Mark Franz
Area Chair, Graphic Design
franzm@ohio.edu
(740) 593-4288