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Design BA Application Information
High School Prep
Pre-Major
BA

HIGH SCHOOL PREPARATION

While still in high school, you can do the following things to prepare for the Design BA program at BYU:

  • Take any art courses offered at your high school- AP Art, Photography, Art Foundations, etc. While these courses will not be counted as a pre-requisite to the Design BA program, faculty members recommend prospective students to take advantage of any courses offered prior to high school graduation as they can provide valuable practice.
  • Apply for a talent award/department scholarship award in December. These applications are available 30 days prior to the deadline and are available to prospective BYU students in their senior year of high school. For more information about Talent Awards and Department Scholarships, please visit our Financial Aid page.
  • Attend the Design Department's "Design Week", hosted once a year in the summer. For more information, visit the Design Week webpage.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Software/Hardware
Graphic Design Majors should purchase a computer with sufficient capacity to support the Adobe Creative Cloud applications. Students favor Apple MacBooks Pros for Graphic Design, but any brand works as long as it can run the Adobe applications. The BYU store carries a full line of discounted computers, accessories, and discounted software subscriptions.

Admissions
Prospective BYU students wishing to be admitted into the Animation program for Fall semester must first apply to BYU through BYU Admissions. Admission to BYU does not guarantee admission into the Department of Design degree Programs.

Transfer Students
Transfer students applying for admittance to the Department of Design are asked to submit a portfolio on the department's application portal, which are reviewed year round. To find out more information, please visit our transfer student page or contact our office.

Faculty
Our program has excellent experienced faculty who will work personally with you as you progress through the program. Professors will be mentors, offering advice and direction. Our faculty are all award-winning, established animators with years of teaching professional experience. Visit our faculty page to see individual bios, contact information, or work they have completed.

PRE-MAJOR

As a new student to BYU and prospective Design major, you must declare your major as Pre-Design. This status does not guarantee admission into the program and can be changed at any time, but gives you access to the pre-requisite courses, DES 217, DESGD 145, DESIL 101, and DESPH 116. To declare as a Pre-Design student, please visit MyMAP or contact the advisement center at (801) 422-3777.

After declaring yourself as a Pre-Major, you can register for the pre-requisite courses. You will have access to DES 217, DESGD 145, DESIL 101, and DESPH 116. DES 217 is required for all Pre-Design BA majors, and you must complete at least one from DESGD 145, DESIL 101, and DESPH 116. You may take up to three of those listed and we recommend you take at least two.

The Design BA is different from all other programs in the Design Department. All programs except the Design BA require a student to pass two portfolio reviews (one to obtain Pre-BFA status and the second to be accepted into the BFA program), but the Design BA has one portfolio review and application. These applications are available once a year in the summer. During your pre-requisite courses, your professors will give you more information on what is required for the BA application and portfolio, but you may review the information below to see what has been required in the past. Keep in mind that the application is subject to change.

Once the portfolios have been reviewed, faculty members will contact students within two weeks who they believe may be a good fit for the BA program and will set up an appointment to meet with them. These interviews are used to determine which area of study the student is most interested in. After the interviews, students will be notified of their application status (whether accepted or unaccepted) within another two weeks.

If you are unaccepted after your first portfolio review and application, you will have the opportunity to apply one additional time. If unaccepted after your second application, you will then be advised to pursue another major.

BA APPLICATION

DEADLINES: June 1st 11:59pm

APPLICATION: Applying for a Design BA constitutes a two step process. First, complete a portfolio review and then interview with a faculty member.

PORTFOLIO: Students are encouraged to submit their best work completed in at least one of the following prerequisite classes. Your portfolio should be a reflection of what area of design (a hybrid of several design specialties, User Experience/Interaction Design, Design Research Thinking, or Game Design) you are most interested in. Work from the following courses can be included:

DES 217: Design Thinking
DESGD 145: Design 1
DESIL 101: Drawing and Composition
DESPH 116: Introduction to Photography and Digital Workflow

While the majority of your portfolio should include work from these classes, you may include other creative works that you believe best showcase your talent.

INTERVIEW: Upon passing the portfolio review, selected BA candidates will be asked to schedule an interview with a faculty mentor to discuss an area of study and what they are hoping to gain from a BA in Design. This interview will determine if you are a good fit for the program and what route you should potentially take. After the interview, you will be notified of your status (whether accepted or denied) within 1-2 weeks.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Software/Hardware
Graphic Design Majors should purchase a computer with sufficient capacity to support the Adobe Creative Cloud applications. Students favor Apple MacBooks Pros for Graphic Design, but any brand works as long as it can run the Adobe applications. The BYU store carries a full line of discounted computers, accessories, and discounted software subscriptions.

Admissions
Prospective BYU students wishing to be admitted into the Animation program for Fall semester must first apply to BYU through BYU Admissions. Admission to BYU does not guarantee admission into the Department of Design degree Programs.

Transfer Students
Transfer students applying for admittance to the Department of Design are asked to submit a portfolio on the department's application portal, which are reviewed year round. To find out more information, please visit our transfer student page or contact our office.

Faculty
Our program has excellent experienced faculty who will work personally with you as you progress through the program. Professors will be mentors, offering advice and direction. Our faculty are all award-winning, established animators with years of teaching professional experience. Visit our faculty page to see individual bios, contact information, or work they have completed.

BA PROGRAM

During your time in the Design BA program at BYU, you will have the opportunity to take courses based on your area of interest, whether it be user experience, video game design, a hybrid degree of more than one design study, a design foundation for graduate school, and others depending on student needs. Students in the Design BA program are required to complete an internship in order to graduate and are often placed in prestigious studios. For more information about courses in the major, please contact your assigned faculty advisor.

Graduates from this major may go on to work in a studio, as a freelance designer or art director, or continue on to graduate school.