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Design BA Application Information
High School Prep
For the Pre-Major
For the 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

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

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.

Software/Hardware
Design majors are required to supply their own computer to complete the majority of their coursework. In certain courses, highly specialized technology is made available in department labs and classrooms.

Recommended Configuration: Apple MacBook Pro (or equivalent PC) with sufficient capacity to support Adobe Creative Cloud (including Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Premiere, After Effects, Experience Design). Students' Adobe subscriptions should also include access to Adobe Fonts (formerly known as Typekit). Minimum recommended specifications include 16gb RAM, and 500 gb hard drive. The BYU Store carries a full line of discounted computers, accessories and discounted software subscriptions.

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.

Upon completion of the portfolio review, selected BA candidates will be contacted 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. After the interviews, students will be notified of their application status (whether accepted or unaccepted) within another two weeks.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


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

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.

Software/Hardware
Design majors are required to supply their own computer to complete the majority of their coursework. In certain courses, highly specialized technology is made available in department labs and classrooms.

Recommended Configuration: Apple MacBook Pro (or equivalent PC) with sufficient capacity to support Adobe Creative Cloud (including Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Premiere, After Effects, Experience Design). Students' Adobe subscriptions should also include access to Adobe Fonts (formerly known as Typekit). Minimum recommended specifications include 16gb RAM, and 500 gb hard drive. The BYU Store carries a full line of discounted computers, accessories and discounted software subscriptions.

BA APPLICATION

Deadline: June 1st
Link for more information: Design BA 2020 Application Info

Students may apply for the Design BA degree program only after first obtaining Design Pre-major status.

The BA portfolio review and application is reviewed once a year in June, and more information on the application process will be available as the deadline approaches. You may review the current requirements for the BA application, but keep in mind that it is subject to change.

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 PORTFOLIO INFORMATION

Students applying to the design program should submit via SlideRoom a portfolio containing 10-15 of your best original works including the required two selected projects from the BA Design Creative Exercises. The work selected should reflect the area of study to which you are applying.

All mediums will be considered, such as painting, drawing, printmaking, illustration, design, photography, video, animation, etc. Students are encouraged to submit creative works generated on their own that demonstrate skills in addition to their best work from prerequisite courses, such as but not limited to:

DES 217: Design Thinking (two PDFs--one for each of two submitted projects, at least one of which should be a solo project)
DESGD 145: Design 1
DESIL 101: Drawing and Composition
DESPH 116: Introduction to Photography and Digital Workflow

​Students applying to the Design Studies area of study are encouraged to also submit at least one writing sample of no more than 250 works as a PDF (excerpts are welcome). This sample can be a creative writing exercise or an academic paper. Writing samples can replace portfolio images on a 1:1 basis.

When photographing original work, ensure that the art is well lit and the focus is clear. You can review the following video tutorial if you are unfamiliar with photographing artwork:

IF YOU ARE ADMITTED TO THE BA

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 interdisciplinary practice, user experience (interaction design), video game design or design studies. For more information about courses in the major, please contact your assigned faculty advisor.

Graduates from this major may go on to work in various fields within their area of interest or graduate school.