At Ohio University, the graphic design area places emphasis on sustainability and social impact, as well as developing a capacity for critical thinking, problem solving, and innovation. Courses offer students an opportunity to study the symbiotic nature of design and culture in local and global communities. In addition to taking graphic design studio courses that cover topics such as typography, visual systems, motion, and interaction design, students in the area have opportunities to explore printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, painting, and photography. This interdisciplinary approach encourages a comprehensive understanding of the role of design and its relationship to fine art. Studio classes inside and outside of the graphic design program, as well as liberal arts courses, prepare students for a range of design practices while also providing intellectual, personal, and creative growth. The final year of study culminates in a group exhibition in the Ohio University School of Art + Design Gallery.