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Admission / Undergraduate

The School of Visual Communication welcomes all interested students, with an interest in photojournalism, commercial photography, design and interactive design, to apply to our competitive program. The first step is to apply to Ohio University by visiting our Undergraduate Admissions page.

Portfolio Review

The School of Visual Communication requires a portfolio review for admission to the program. This can be done after being accepted to Ohio University, or while in the process of applying. 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, visit our school and meet our faculty. If you don’t have a portfolio or other examples of your work, we still want to talk to you — don’t let that prevent you from reaching out to us and visiting us. The school holds in-person reviews every fall and spring semester during OHIO Discovery Days (Oct. 15 and Oct. 21, 2022) and OHIO Up Close (Feb. 10, March 3, April 7, 2023). Students are encouraged to attend these in-person review days. Reviews at these events can be scheduled through Ohio University Admissions.

Scheduling your Review

If you are not able to attend one of the in-person review days, you can still schedule a portfolio review. The school holds in-person portfolio reviews most Friday afternoons at 2 pm. In addition you can schedule a virtual review. Either way, email Scripps College Administrator Marlene Shostak at shostakm@ohio.edu or 740-597-1332.

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

The Portfolio: Examples of your Creative Process and Work

Our faculty would like to see examples of your work. 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, as it is meant to simply give us an idea of your creative process and career goals to help us determine which of our majors best suits you. Many students share their work through their websites, a physical portfolio, external hard drives, or flash drives.

Past portfolios/examples of work have included photographs, work from school newspapers and yearbooks, artwork completed for classes and workshops, posters, and personal websites.

Your work does not have to be in the major field you're applying for. We're just looking for something that shows your creative abilities.

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