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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.


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.


If you have not completed your portfolio review, contact Marlene Shostak, the VisCom department administrator, to schedule an in-person or virtual portfolio review. Students are encouraged to attend our in-person review days. Reviews with faculty are approximately 30 minutes. You can reach department administrator Marlene Shostak at shostakm@ohio.edu, or call 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.


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.

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.


Bobcat Student Orientation is responsible for the successful orientation of all new undergraduate students at Ohio University, Athens campus. Our programs are designed to ensure all students and their families/guests are welcomed, comfortable in their transitions, connected to campus resources, and confident in their academic schedules before beginning their first semester on the Athens campus of Ohio University.

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