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	                                        The Entrance Exam

	                                        Undergraduate Application
	                                        Department	of	Industrial,	Interior	and	Visual	Communication	Design
	                                        The	Ohio	State	University

	                                        Winter	2010




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        messages
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                                         Bachelor of Science in Design degree program
                                         with professional majors in
                                         Industrial Design
                                         Interior Design
                                         Visual Communication Design
    visit us on the web:
                    www.design.osu.edu




                                         Undergraduate program ranked #3 in a recent
                                         survey of Deans of Schools of Art and Design



                                         380 Hopkins Hall, 128 N. Oval Mall
                                         Columbus, oh 43210 usa
                                         t: 614.292.6746
                                         e: design@osu.edu
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                                                         The Entrance Exam	
	
	                                                        The	Entrance	Exam	is	a	document	that	must	be	submitted	by	any	
	                                                        student	applying	for	enrollment	in	the	undergraduate	program	in	the	
	                                                        Department	of	Industrial,	Interior	and	Visual	Communication	Design.
	                                                        Admission	to	The	Ohio	State	University	does	not	imply	admission	to	
	                                                        the	Design	Department.	Application	to	the	Design	Department	does	
	                                                        not	guarantee	admission	to	the	program.	

	                                                        Majors	offered	in	the	program	are:	
																																																				•	   Industrial Design
																																																				•    Interior Design
																																																				•    Visual Communication Design


																																																				     Contents	

																																																				A		 Instructions	for	completion	of	the	Entrance	Exam
																																																				B	 Enrollment	in	the	Department	of	Industrial,	Interior	and	Visual
	                                                       Communication	Design
																																																				C	 Student	background	questionnaire
																																																				D	 OSU	student	advising	record	and	transcript
																																																				E	 Extracurricular	information
																																																				F	 Visual	test	material
																																																				G	 Personal	essays
																																																				H	 Student	agreement
																																																					I	 Optional	supplementary	visual	material	instructions
																																																				J	 Checklist	for	submission	of	Entrance	Exam
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																																																				A   Instructions for completion of the Entrance Exam
	
	                                                       The	Entrance	Exam	is	designed	to	assess	the	skills	and	abilities	of								     	
	                                                       students	applying	for	enrollment	in	the	Department	of	Industrial,	Interior,		   	
	                                                       and	Visual	Communication	Design.
	
	                                                       The	Entrance	Exam	must	be	completed	during	a	five-week	period		
	                                                       beginning	in	December,	after	which	it	is	submitted	to	the	Department	of	
	                                                       Industrial,	Interior,	and	Visual	Communication	Design	for	evaluation	by	
	                                                       the	Department’s	faculty	members.

	                                                       Exam	materials	will	be	kept	on	file	for	the	current	academic	year,	and	are	
	                                                       then	destroyed.	No	exam	materials	will	be	returned.	STUDENTS	SHOULD	
	                                                       MAKE	COPIES	OF	ORIGINAL	MATERIALS	FOR	THEIR	OWN	RECORDS	
	                                                       BEFORE	SUBMITTING.	Original,	hand-drawn	images	ONLY	will	be	accepted	
	                                                       for	the	exam	problems.	Digitally	rendered	or	photocopied	images	will	not	be		
	                                                       accepted,	except	where	explicitly	allowed	in	the	instructions.

	                                                       Please	see	Part	J,	the	checklist	for	submission,	for	details	on	the	format		
	                                                       for	submission	of	materials.		Applicants	from	outside	Columbus	may	mail		       	
	                                                       their	Entrance	Exam	to	the	Design	Department	on	the	condition	that	it	is		      	
	                                                       postmarked	by	noon	of	the	due	date.
	                                                       	
	                                                       The schedule for application during Winter Quarter 2010 follows:

	                                                       Friday, December 4, 2009
	                                                       Entrance	Exam	materials	available	at:	www.design.osu.edu

	                                                       Monday, January 11, 2010	
	                                                       Completed	Exams	must	be	returned	no	later	than	12:00	noon	to	the	
	                                                       main	office	of	the	OSU	Department	of	Industrial,	Interior	and	Visual	
	                                                       Communication	Design,	380	Hopkins	Hall,	128	N.	Oval	Mall,
	                                                       Columbus,	Ohio	43210	USA

	                                                       A SELF-ADDRESSED STAMPED ENVELOPE MUST BE
                                                        INCLUDED FOR COMMUNICATING YOUR RESULTS.
	                                                       	
	                                                       All	applicants	that	include	an	envelope	will	be	notified	by	mail,	usually	
	                                                       3-4	weeks	after	the	submission	date.	Those	candidates	identified	as
	                                                       finalists	may	be	contacted	to	arrange	an	interview	session	with	faculty.
	                                                       If	you	are	offered	acceptance	to	a	major,	please	contact	Karen	Dimmick	
	                                                       at	(614)	292-2637	or	dimmick.9@osu.edu	to	schedule	an	advising	
	                                                       appointment.	
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                                                    B Enrollment in the Department of Industrial, Interior and
                                                      Visual Communication Design

	                                                         The	application	process	for	the	design	program	is	highly	competitive.	
	                                                         Acceptance	by	The	Ohio	State	University	is	not	an	automatic	guarantee
	                                                         of	enrollment	in	the	Department	of	Industrial,	Interior	and	Visual	
	                                                         Communication	Design.	Previous	academic	records	and	response	to	
	                                                         problem	statements	will	be	evaluated	in	reference	to	the	best	work	
	                                                         submitted	by	all	applicants.

	                                                         Enrollment is limited: no more than 18 students per major are accepted
                                                          each year.

                                                          If an applicant fails to gain enrollment on the first attempt, he or she may
                                                          apply again the following year. No more than a total of two applications
                                                          are permitted.

                                                          Prospective students are advised to have another major other than
                                                          design in mind as an alternative, due to limited enrollment.
		
	                                                         Criteria	for	admission	include:	
																																																				•	    high	academic	achievement,	
																																																				•	    quality	of	drawing	skills,
																																																				•	    evidence	of	problem-solving	skills,	
																																																				•	    the	ability	to	express	ideas	clearly	in	writing,	and	
																																																				•	    satisfactory	completion	of	all	parts	of	the	Entrance	Exam.	

	                                                         In	order	to	prepare	for	application	it	is	recommended	that	students:
																																																				•	    obtain	the	highest	possible	cumulative	grade	point	average,
																																																				•	    complete	Design	200,	Introduction	to	Design,	
																																																				•	    complete	Design	201,	Visual	Thinking	&	Problem	Solving,
																																																				•	    complete	as	many	General	Education	courses	as	possible.

	                                                         The	design	program	has	as	its	core	a	sequence	of	design	courses.		 	           	
	                                                         The	first	courses	are	Design	251,	Basic	Design	I,	and	Design	253,		 	          	
	                                                         Design	History,	scheduled	in	Autumn	Quarter	after	admission.

	                                                         Students	accepted	for	enrollment	should	satisfy	the	following	prerequisites		 	
	                                                         before	entering	Design	251	and	Design	253:
																																																				•	    complete	Math	116	or	equivalent,	and	English	110	or	111.
																																																				•	    complete	Design	200,	201,	202,	203	and	310.
																																																							
	                                                         Students	accepted	for	enrollment	must	maintenance	of	a	minimum	2.0	
	                                                         cumulative	grade	point	average	to	continue	in	any	Design	major.	

	                                                         Graduates	receive	the	Bachelor	of	Science	in	Design	(BSD)	degree		 	           	
	                                                         from	The	Ohio	State	University.
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																																																				C Student background questionnaire
						                                                	
	                                                     Note: the following information is collected for administrative use only.

Date	

Name	as	it	appears	on	
transcripts

Last	four	digits	of	social	
security	number	+	email

Current	address	(street	
address,	city,	and	zip	code)

Telephone	number

If	you	are	presently		                 Place	of	employment	 	               	         	        	         Hours	per	week
employed,	please	indicate:		           	


For	college	students	—
College	of	enrollment			

Credit	hours	completed	at
OSU	or	other	university

Date	of	first	application	to	
Design	program		
	
Proposed	major	in	
Design	                                ____		Industrial	Design	   	
	                                      ____		Interior	Design
	                                      ____		Visual	Communication	Design	 	                    	         	        	

It is suggested you apply to only one major, but students have the option to apply for consideration for two
majors. Please make sure to indicate your selection(s) with a check mark. If you select two majors, please
indicate your first choice by marking #1 after that major and your second choice by marking #2 after that
major. If you are applying to two majors you must complete both major-specific problems.

Indicate	the	number	of		
courses	completed	at		                 ____		Art	or	Design	 	
the	high	school	or		                   ____		Industrial	Arts/Technology
college	level	in	each	                 ____		Mechanical	Drawing	or	Drafting
category:	                             ____		Computer-aided	Drafting			
	                                      ____		Computer-based	Page	Layout			
	                                      ____		Computer-based	Interactive	Programs			                      		       	         	
	                                      ____		Photography	or	Video
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																																																				D    OSU student advising record and transcripts
	                                                        	
	                                                        Note:		Applicants	must	submit	a	grade	record	or	transcript	listing	
	                                                        the	cumulative	grade	point	average	from	the	last	institution		 	         	         	
	                                                        attended.	This	may	be	a	high	school	transcript.

	                                                        OSU	applicants	must	submit	the	most	recent	copy	of	the	OSU	Advising
	                                                        Record.	This	can	be	obtained	by	the	applicant	from	the	web	site:		 	
	                                                        http://buckeyelink.osu.edu/.	The	OSU	Advising	Record	should	be	
	                                                        inserted	into	the	exam	binder	along	with	other	material.	High	school	
	                                                        students	should	submit	a	high	school	transcript.

                                                                                                                                                	
																																																				E    Extracurricular information
	                                                        	
	                                                        Using	no	more	than	one	sheet	of	8.5”	x	11”	paper,	list	your	present	and		       	
	                                                        past	extracurricular	activities.	This	can	include	but	is	not	limited	to:	
	                                                        excellent	academic	achievement	awards,	artistic	awards,	memberships	to	
	                                                        organizations,	leadership	roles,	contest	participation,	sports	participation,		 	
	                                                        volunteer	work,	etc.	Writing	should	be	clear	and	concise	and	may	be		           	
	                                                        typed	or	printed	neatly.

                                                                                                                                                	
																																																				F Visual test material

	                                                        Visual	test	material	consists	of	a	set	of	drawings	and	descriptions	in		 	 	
	                                                        response	to	specific	problem	statements.	General	instructions	for	
	                                                        completion	of	the	visual	test	material	follows.
	                                                        	
																																																				•	   Drawings	should	be	submitted	on	good	quality	8.5”	x	11”	white	paper.
																																																				•	   Standard	lead	or	mechanical	pencils	(no	color	pencils),	pen	and	ink,	or	
	                                                        markers	should	be	used.
																																																				•	   A	straight-edge	and/or	T-square	may	be	used	when	appropriate.	
																																																				•	   On	each	drawing	the	applicant’s	name	should	appear	at	the	top.
																																																				•	   Hand-drawn	images	only	are	accepted	for	the	problem	statements,	except	
	                                                        where	explicitly	allowed	in	the	instructions.	Scanned,	photocopied	and	
	                                                        computer-generated	materials	are	acceptable	for	supplementary	work	only.

	                                                        Criteria	for	the	evaluation	of	test	material	includes:
																																																				•	   drawing	skills,	
																																																				•	   creativity,
																																																				•	   problem	solving	skills,
																																																				•	   ability	to	express	one’s	thoughts	visually	and	verbally	with	clarity	and	logic,	
																																																				•	   correct	grammar	and	spelling,
																																																				•	   organization	and	presentation	quality	of	the	Entrance	Exam,	
																																																				•	   ability	to	follow	directions.
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																																																				F	 Drawings to be completed by all applicants

	                                      Objects specified in problem statements #1 + #2 should be drawn from
                                       observation. Evaluation is based primarily on drawing skills. Computer
                                       generated, scanned or photocopied images are not acceptable for the
                                       problem statements of the exam except when explicitly allowed in the
                                       instructions — only original hand drawn images will be accepted.

																																																				1. Two drawings of simple objects

	                                      Set	up	a	composition	with	two	objects.	One	object	is	a	kitchen	utensil		          	
	                                      (fork,	corkscrew,	potato	peeler,	egg	beater,	etc.),	and	the	other	object	is	a		   	
	                                      piece	of	fruit	or	a	vegetable.	Draw	the	composition	from	two	different		          	
	                                      viewing	angles	on	two	8.5”	x	11”	sheets	of	paper.	Your	drawings	need	to		         	
	                                      clearly	communicate	information	about	both	objects	such	as	texture,		             	
	                                      material	characteristics,	light,	shadows,	surface,	edges,	etc.	

	                                      For the following project, use 8.5”x11” paper; no more than 6 total pages.
                                       Evaluation is based on documentation and communication of process,
                                       drawing skills and creativity. Remember to pay attention to composition,
                                       idea clarity and creative use of materials and techniques.

																																																				2. Visual narrative drawings

	                                      You	have	been	given	the	task	of	communicating	the	process	of	changing		           	
	                                      a	tire	on	an	automobile	through	a	visual	narrative	(no	text).	Focus	should		      	
	                                      be	given	to	the	process	of	changing	the	tire,	tools,	actions	and	sequence		       	
	                                      of	events.	Demonstration	of	the	ability	to	communicate	process	will	be		          	
	                                      shown	via	the	quality	of	the	details	in	the	process	pages.	Demonstration		
	                                      of	the	design	process	will	be	accomplished	through	the	actual	narrative		         	
	                                      design.	Document	the	process	from	ideation	to	completion.	For	the	final		         	
	                                      visual	narrative	you	can	use,	but	are	not	limited	to,	sketches,	diagrams		        	
	                                      and/or	renderings.	The	visual	narrative	must	fit	onto	two	8.5”	x	11”		 	          	
	                                      pages.	Be	sure	to	include	up	to	4	additional	pages	documenting	the			             	
	                                      development,	with	notes	on	research,	observation	and	sketches	leading		           	
	                                      to	the	final	narrative	design.
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                                    F	 Major-related problem statements	

	                                       Select one of the following problem statements in relation to your
                                        chosen major(s).

                                        If you wish to be considered for more than one major (maximum of two),
                                        complete both of those major-related problem statements. Please
                                        indicate your first choice on Page 4 by marking #1, and your second
                                        choice by marking #2, next to the major names.

																																																				3. Industrial Design problem statement

	                                       Please	observe	and	record	(take	notes,	pictures	or	sketch)	the	experience	of	
	                                       different	shoppers	and	employees	at	a	grocery	store.	We	are	interested	in	their	
	                                       experience	surrounding	the	shopping	cart.	How	is	it	used	or	misused,	how	
	                                       does	it	support	or	deters	the	experience	of	shopping	for	various	types	of	users	
	                                       such	as	handicapped,	elderly,	families	with	small	children,	cashiers,	baggers,	etc.?

	                                       Key	issues	to	observe:
																																																				•	 Environments:	traffic	in	and	out	of	the	store,	store	layout,	parking.
																																																				•	 Users:	shoppers,	children,	employees.
																																																				•	 Shopping	activities:	finding	merchandise,	collecting	merchandise,	checking	out	
	                                       and	loading	in	car.

	                                       Part 1
	                                       Document	your	observations	and	illustrate	how	current	products	in	the	market	
	                                       work,	describing	how	effectively	or	poorly	they	address	some	of	these	issues.	
	                                       Some	stores	may	not	let	you	take	photographs	inside,	so	sketch	the	problem	
	                                       when	needed.	Please	keep	the	narrative	limited	to	250	words,	and	no	more	than	
	                                       three	8.5”	x	11”	pages	for	this	section.

                                        Part 2
	                                       Through	a	series	of	sketches,	illustrate	three	possible	solutions	to	a	problem	that	
	                                       you	have	identified	from	your	observations.	Your	sketches	should	show	enough	
	                                       detail	for	a	viewer	to	understand	the	product	and	its	function.	Your	work	will	be	
	                                       judged	on	your	ability	to	communicate	your	ideas,	your	creative	approach,	and	
	                                       the	quality	of	your	insights.	Please	present	only	one	concept	per	each	8.5”	x	11”	
	                                       page,	for	a	total	of	three	pages.
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                                                    F	 Major-related problem statements	

                                                    4.	 Interior Design problem statement
	                                                       	
	                                                       Visit	a	public	library.

	                                                        Part 1
	                                                        Draw	a	map	(floor	plan,	overhead	view)	not	necessarily	to	scale,	but			         	
	                                                        proportional.	Indicate	on	this	drawing	the	entrance	and	main		          	       	
	                                                        pathways	for	patrons,	and	identify	different	area	uses	and	attributes.			       	
	                                                        For	large	libraries	select	the	main	floor	only	and	indicate	where	stairs	or		   	
	                                                        hallways	lead	with	a	note.

	                                                        Part 2
	                                                        Draw	in	detail	two	pieces	of	furniture	or	equipment.
	                                                        Draw	in	detail	two	types	of	lighting	features.
	                                                        Graphically	identify	floor	and	ceiling	elements	(two	or	three	each)	that		      	
	                                                        help	define	the	different	use	areas	within	the	library.

	                                                        Aspects	of	evaluation:
																																																				•	   analytical	abilities,
																																																				•	   visualization	skills,
																																																				•	   creativity,
																																																				•	   representation	skills,
																																																				•	   composition	of	graphic	information	and	text.

	                                                        Note for parts 1 & 2: Your complete sketches and final analysis must be on
                                                         8.5” x 11” paper and must be generated by hand, minimum of 6 pages.
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                                                    F	 Major-related problem statements	 	

                                                    5.	 Visual Communication Design problem statement

	                                                        Select	from	any	source:
	                                                        One	identification	device	(a	logotype,	visual	mark,	or	signature	—	
	                                                        see	definitions	below)	that	you	think	is	a	successful	design,	and
	                                                        one	identification	device	that	you	think	is	an	unsuccessful	design.

	                                                        Part 1
																																																				•	   Make	a	photocopy	of	the	identifier	that	you	consider	to	be	a	successful
	                                                        design.	The	copy,	or	paper	on	which	it	is	mounted,	should	be	8.5”x11”.
																																																				•	   Analyze	the	identification	device,	stating	why	you	think	it	is	a	successful	
	                                                        design.	Your	written	analysis	must	be	on	a	separate	8.5”	x	11”	sheet	of	
	                                                        paper,	and	should	appear	in	either	legible	typewriter,	computer-generated,	
	                                                        or	hand-written	print.

	                                                        Part 2
																																																				•	   Make	a	photocopy	of	the	identifier	that	you	consider	to	be	an	unsuccessful	
	                                                        design.	The	copy,	or	paper	on	which	it	is	mounted,	should	be	8.5”	x	11”.
																																																				•	   Analyze	the	identification	device,	stating	why	you	think	it	is	an	unsuccessful	
	                                                        design.	Your	written	analysis	must	be	on	a	separate	8.5”	x	11”	sheet	of	
	                                                        paper,	and	should	appear	in	either	legible	typewriter,	computer-generated,	
	                                                        or	hand-written	print.
																																																				•	   Design	an	improved	version	of	this	identifier,	and	visually	render	it	on	a	
	                                                        separate	8.5”	x	11”	sheet	of	paper.	You	may	use	any	medium	or	process,	
	                                                        but	you	may	not	change	the	name	of	the	company	or	organization,	though	
	                                                        you	may	shorten	its	name	for	use	in	the	new	identifier.	You	are	limited	to	
	                                                        the	use	of	two	colors	(black	is	considered	one	color).

	                                                        Aspects	of	evaluation:
																																																				•	   analytical	abilities,
																																																				•	   writing	skills,
																																																				•	   creativity,
																																																				•	   visualization	skills.

	                                                        Definitions:
                                                         A “logotype” is made of uniquely-treated letters which create a customized
                                                         word-form. IBM’s trademark is a well-known example of a logotype.

                                                         A visual “mark” is an abstracted visual device that has no letter-forms.
                                                         The CBS “eye” trademark is a well-known example of a visual mark.

                                                         A “signature” is the combination of a visual mark and an organization’s
                                                         name in an established configuration. The American Red Cross trademark
                                                         (where the cross visual mark appears in red, and the organization’s name in
                                                         black) is a well-known example of a signature.
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																																																				G   Personal essays
	                                                       	
	                                                       In	narrative	form,	and	on	no	more	than	one	8.5”	x	11”	page	for	both	
	                                                       questions,	please	describe:

																																																				•	 In	your	view,	who	can	be	considered	an	influential	designer?
	                                                      Name	and	justify	your	choice.

																																																				•	 Why	is	a	career	in	your	chosen	field	of	design	important	to	you?
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																																																				H   Student agreement	                 	
	                                                       	
	                                                       	
	                                                       I,	____________________________________	,	certify	that	all	work		               	
	                                                       	      	     									Print	first	and	last	name	 	 	   	
	
	                                                       submitted	with	the	Entrance	Exam	is	my	own	work.	I	further	understand		         	
	                                                       submission	of	work	other	than	my	own	shall	be	valid	grounds	upon		 	            	
	                                                       which	The	Ohio	State	University	may	deny	acceptance	or	revoke	 	
	                                                       acceptance	to	the	program	of	design.		      	       	

	                                                       	
	                                                       _________________________________________________________	 	
	                                                       Student’s	signature	 	 	     	     	     Date

	
	                                                       Please	return	this	student	agreement	form	with	other	Entrance	Exam	
	                                                       materials.
	                                                       	

																																																					I Optional supplementary visual materials

	                                                       Submission	of	supplementary	visual	material	is	optional.	Extra	consideration	
	                                                       will	be	given	if	work	is	of	exceptional	quality.	Up	to	20	slide	duplicates,	
	                                                       photographs,	prints,	or	photo	copies	(black	and	white	or	color)	of	original	
	                                                       works	may	be	submitted.	Examples	of	supplementary	material	include	
	                                                       mechanical	or	freehand	drawings,	computer-genterated	images,	photo-
	                                                       graphs	or	slides	of	three-dimensional	models,	and	professional	design	work.	
	                                                       All	supplementary	visual	material	must	be	no	larger	than	8.5”	x	11.”

	                                                       Exam	materials	will	be	kept	on	file	for	the	current	academic	year,	then		       	
	                                                       destroyed.	No	exam	materials	will	be	returned.	(Students	should	make	
	                                                       copies	of	materials	submitted	for	their	own	records	before	submitting.)

	                                                       	
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																																																				J Checklist for submission of Entrance Exam materials

	                                            All	materials	submitted	should	be	within	some	type	of	plastic	report	binder	
	                                            with	clear	sleeves	that	can	accommodate	multiple	8.5”	x	11”	pages.	
	                                            Applicant	name	and	the	intended	major(s)	should	appear	on	the	front	cover	
	                                            and	spine	of	the	binder,	to	assist	in	the	organizing	and	filing	of	exams.
	                                            	
	                                            The	checklist	below	may	be	used	to	ensure	that	all	required	materials	are	 	
	                                            submitted	in	the	binder.

																																																				 	 Student	background	questionnaire	(part	C)
	                                                      	
																																																				 	 OSU	student	advising	record	and	transcript	(part	D)

																																																				 	 Extracurricular	information	(part	E)

																																																				 	 Visual	test	material	(part	F)

																																																				 	 Personal	essays	(part	G)

																																																				 	 Student	agreement	(part	H)
	
																																																				 	 Optional	supplementary	visual	material	(part	I)

																																																				 	 Self-addressed,	stamped	envelope	for	decision	letter


	                                            Submit all materials by 12:00 noon,	
	                                            Monday, January 11, 2010

	                                            Department	of	Industrial,	Interior	and	Visual	Communication	Design
	                                            The	Ohio	State	University	     	       	       	    	       	      	
	                                            380	Hopkins	Hall
	                                            128	N.	Oval	Mall
	                                            Columbus,	Ohio	43210

	                                            Applicants	from	outside	Columbus	may	mail	their	Entrance	Exam	to	the	
	                                            Department	on	the	condition	that	it	is	postmarked	by	noon	of	the	above	
	                                            due	date.

	                                            For	further	information	contact	the	Department	of	Industrial,	Interior	and		   	
	                                            Visual	Communication	Design	at	(614)	292-6746	or	design@osu.edu.	

								
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