The Entrance Exam
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The Entrance Exam Undergraduate Application Department of Industrial, Interior and Visual Communication Design The Ohio State University Winter 2010 products messages spaces 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 1 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 2 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 email@example.com to schedule an advising appointment. 3 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. 4 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 5 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. 6 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. 7 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. 8 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. 9 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. 10 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? 11 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.) 12 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.