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What is graphic design?

The graphic design program in the at OSU teaches you to understand and apply design principles, technical processes, and conceptual ideas to a vast range of design media. Here you learn to appreciate the range and purpose of the discipline, as well as the skills to understand what constitutes effective design.

Why graphic design at OSU?

Our program is acknowledged as leading program in the region with award winning faculty and graduates. While providing traditional as well cutting edge facilities, the Graphic Design curriculum is comprised of a series of rigorous yet flexible industry-oriented courses, preparing students for a realm in a constant state of flux. 

Career paths

The graphic design program challenges students to think outside the box, a highly sought-after skill in the corporate world. Art students develop the ability to manage multiple projects and work successfully in groups, preparing them for success in a variety of fields:

  • Advertising Artist
  • Advertising Designer 
  • Illustrator
  • Layout Artist
  • Magazine Design
  • Medical Illustrator 
  • Motion Picture Animator
  • Set Designer
  • Photographer
  • Textile Designer
  • Typographical Artist
  • Urban Designer
  • Web Designer


Student spotlight

Graphic design student, Jordan, at OSU

"My time as a graphic design major has taught me to be more confident in myself, in my abilities, and persevering in the face of obstacles. Everybody struggles with something. I wish more than anything that I could tell my former self, ‘Breathe. It’s going to be ok.’ But as weird as it is, I’m thankful for the challenges I faced, and I think I’m the person I am today because of them.”

- Jordan Richards
Graphic design major


OSU graphic design student hard at work


Within the Bartlett Center for the Visual Arts, students have 24-hour access to two design studios and three computer lab spaces, enhancing their education with cutting-edge technology. The Visual Resource Center includes a full 3-D Printing lab and an Epilog Laser Cutter to support the Department of Art, Graphic Design and Art History faculty and students in their academic studies and research activities.

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