Undergraduate Studies

Undergraduate Studies

Fun Facts

The Ohio State University has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the best public university in Ohio, and among the top 20 public universities in the United States. The Department of Design degree programs have also been highly-ranked by U.S. News & World Report and Design Intelligence

Highly-ranking academics are not the only reason to study Design at Ohio State though. Our students also have access to world-class co-curricular experiences such as student organizations, Honors and Scholars Programs, internships, and study abroad experiences.


The Department of Design's undergraduate activities fall into three major programs, each leading to the Bachelor of Science in Design (BSD) degree: Industrial Design, Interior Design, and Visual Communication Design. Our undergraduate degree programs provide comprehensive, professional training in the design disciplines, while also emphasizing collaboration between each of the areas of study. Students develop projects that demonstrate their abilities to create solutions that meet or exceed professional expectations.

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Education Abroad to Rome
VCD 2015 on Hayes Steps in Caps and Gowns


The BSD provides focused professional study in one of three areas: Industrial Design, Interior Design, or Visual Communication Design. Our undergraduate degree programs provide comprehensive, professional training in the design disciplines, while also emphasizing collaboration between each of the areas of study. Students develop projects that demonstrate their abilities to create solutions that meet or exceed professional expectations. The degree prepares students to enter the workforce directly upon graduation. 

General Education (GE) Curriculum

In addition to major specific Design courses, all design students are required to complete a common curriculum with all other undergraduate students at Ohio State. General Education course work is an integral component of an Ohio State degree, providing graduates the skills, competencies, and breadth of knowledge to become educated, productive citizens. The General Education requirements are designed to enable students to acquire and develop a breadth of knowledge, skills, and perspectives that cross disciplinary boundaries and extend to areas outside specialized programs of study.

Ohio State's General Education curriculum is an integral part of a design education. General education, as embodied in Arts and Sciences, provides the development of knowledge, perception, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand society's traditions and past, its accomplishments and aspirations, its relation and responsibility to the natural world, its diversity and plurality, and its problems and needs. The GE sets a goal for Ohio State students to attain a sense of self within society that invites a continuing desire and ability to learn and work with others for future realization of the human potential.

Learn more about the GE Curriculum for the Professional Programs in the Arts


Design Foundations

All majors in Design start with an Interdisciplinary First-Year Design Foundations course sequence consists of 18 credit hours of coursework (9 in Autumn Semester, 9 in Spring Semester). This Design Foundations sequence begins with a highly competitive selection process to become a Design Foundations student and concludes with a competitive portfolio-based major admissions review process.

Learn more about becoming a Design Foundations student

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Undergraduate Minors

An undergraduate minor consists of a coherent curricular program designed to allow students to pursue academic interests that go beyond their major.

Students pursue minors to complement their major's area of specialization, to better define themselves academically and to employers, to gain credit for classes previously taken that do not count towards a major, or merely to pursue other interests. 

The Department of Design is involved in three minors offered to any person eligible to take classes at Ohio State. 



Is Ohio State right for you? Visit and see for yourself. When you finally find yourself standing in historic Hayes Hall on the beautiful Ohio State Oval, you may just feel like you've found your home.


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Visiting the department is a great opportunity to talk one-on-one with our Academic Advisor to learn more about our undergraduate degree programs, our selective admissions process, see the facilities, and usually talk to current students.

Visits can be hosted Monday through Friday between the hours of 9am to 4pm.

To schedule a Prosepective Student Visit: please call 614 292-6961.

Department of Design Prospective Student Visits always start in our Academic Advisor's office, located in 105A Hayes Hall.


Schedule a visit to the Columbus campus to hear about the Ohio State experiences from current students, see our amazing facilities, and learn the nuts and bolts of university admissions. 

Visit Undergraduate Admissions


Other useful resources for planning your visit:

The university's Columbus campus is one of America's largest and most comprehensive. There is a lot to do and discover here. Here are a few useful links to help make sure you get the most out of your visit. 


Academic Advising

Academic Advising is critical to academic success at Ohio State. Often serving as the main point of contact between students and the university, advisors help create academic plans that meet your educational and career goals. We're here to guide you through the university while connecting you to appropriate resources that help keep you on track along the way.

Advising for undergraduate students on the Columbus campus is provided by the individual college or department that offers the program of study you are pursuing. In the Department of Design, all students pursuing one of our BSD tracks are assigned to our Academic Advisor, Gabe Tippery. He only advises Design students and is a highly specialized expert in this type of advising. This allows you to get advice from someone who knows the specifics of your curriculum. Your advisor will help you with course scheduling, degree planning, and other concerns related to major and GE requirements.

Advisor, Gabe Tippery

Gabe Tippery

Undergraduate Academic Planning Specialist

Office Location:

105A Hayes Hall
108 North Oval Mall
Columbus OHIO 43210

Office Hours

M-F: 9am-12pm | 1pm-3pm



Current Design students may schedule appointments 24/7 via OnCourse. 


If you are unable to make an appointment online, please call call 614-292-6961 or email askascadvising@osu.edu. When emailing or leaving a voicemail message, please be sure to indicate the purpose of the appointment and the best phone number and/or email address at which to reach you. Email and voicemail messages are monitored 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding university holidays.

Many questions can be answered via email.