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Graphic Design Application Information
High School Prep
For the Pre-Major
For the Pre-BFA
For the BFA
For Graduation

HIGH SCHOOL PREPARATION

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

  • Take any art courses offered at your high school- AP Art, Figure Drawing, Art Foundations, etc. While these courses will not be counted as a pre-requisite to the Graphic Design program, faculty members recommend prospective students to take advantage of any courses offered prior to high school graduation.
  • 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 addition, if you are given a talent award or department scholarship, you automatically bypass the first application process. This means you would be recognized as a pre-BFA students and you would simply take DESGD 145, DESGD 243, DESGD 245, and DESGD 280 before applying to the BFA program in June. 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 during the summer. For more information, visit the Design Week webpage.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

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.

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
Graphic 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 Windows 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 16 gb RAM, and 500 gb hard drive. The BYU Store carries a full line of discounted computers, accessories and discounted software subscriptions.

Students are required to backup their computers in all graphic design classes. It is recommended that they sign up for storage from BOX through BYU for unlimited storage: http://box.byu.edu; additionally, it is encouraged for students to have a second automatic cloud backup for all files through Backblaze, iDrive, Dropbox, or Google Drive or a similar service.

PRE-MAJOR

Application Dates: December, April, June

As a new student to BYU and prospective Graphic Design major, you must declare your major as Pre-Graphic Design. This status does not guarantee admission into the program and can be changed at any time, but gives you access to the first pre-requisite course, DESGD 145. To declare as a Pre-Graphic Design student, please visit MyMAP or contact the Advisement Center at (801) 422-3777.

After declaring yourself as a Pre-Major, register for the pre-requisite, DESGD 145. Keep in mind that it takes a couple hours and sometimes days to register your Pre-Major status, so do it well in advance to the day you hope to register for courses.

During DESGD 145, your professor will give you more information on what the Pre-BFA application will require. These applications will be open 3 times a year. You will have the opportunity to apply one additional time if unaccepted during your first portfolio review.

If your portfolio review is successful, you will then be promoted to Pre-BFA status.


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-BFA APPLICATION

2020: December 9, April 14, June 15
Link to more information: 2020 Graphic Design Pre-BFA Application Info

If you are not accepted into the program after your first application, you have another opportunity to submit your portfolio the next portfolio review. If unaccepted the second time, faculty members will then recommend you to pursue another major.

IF YOU GET INTO THE PRE-BFA

After being promoted to Pre-BFA status, you will then have access to the next 3 pre-requisite courses: DESGD 243, DESGD 245, and DESGD 280. Complete these three courses in any order prior to applying for the Graphic Design BFA program.

BFA portfolio reviews and applications are 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 BFA application, but keep in mind that it is subject to change.

BFA APPLICATION

Deadline: June of each year. Contact the department for exact date
Link for more information: 2020 Graphic Design BFA Application Info

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

BFA portfolio reviews and applications are 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 BFA application, but keep in mind that it is subject to change.

If you are not accepted into the program after your first application, you have another opportunity to submit your portfolio the next portfolio review in June. If you are unaccepted after applying a second time, faculty members will then recommend you pursue another major.

BFA PORTFOLIO INFORMATION

Students should present work that showcases their thinking and finished design work. In addition it should demonstrate their mastery of principles taught in the 3 required 200-level Graphic Design classes: DESGD 243, DESGD 245, and DESGD 280.

In addition, a sketchbook will be submitted. The sketchbook should demonstrate work from the 200-level classes, or recent work.

IF YOU ARE ADMITTED TO THE BFA

During your time in the Graphic Design program at BYU, you will have the opportunity to take courses on branding, typography, motion, illustration, art history, and others. Students in the Graphic Design program are required to complete an internship in order to graduate and students are often placed in prestigious studios. For more information about the Graphic Design Major Academic Plan, please visit the Graphic Design Undergraduate Catalog.

    APPLY FOR GRADUATION


    How to apply

    CAPSTONE REQUIREMENTS

    (i.e. grade for 497R, and clearance for graduation)


    Exhibition

    1. Your publicly-viewable show
    2. Document your work (see 2 & 3 below)

    Documentation

    1. Process/Documentation book
    Should include a typeset version of your paper, concept map, initial sketches, rounds of revision, and many images of your final product - with explanation).

    Traditionally, these have been printed in a format of your choosing within loose guidelines. To facilitate easier printing, please use the 8x10 format at Blurb.com (Trade Printing, Full color, at least 24 pages, should be about $10 to print.) Submit the Print-ready PDF to the Resource Room the Area to print (Google Drive folder, or Dropbox or Box Link)

    Please save files: FirstName_LastName_CapstoneProcess.pdf, e.g. Doug_Thomas_CapstoneProcess.pdf

    2. Digital documentation
    5+ still JPEG images of the project that are at least 2400 pixels in the smallest dimension. Include PDFs of finished print work, MOV/MP4s, of finished digital/motion work

    Please save files: FirstName_LastName_Capstone1.jpg, FirstName_LastName_Capstone2.jpg, etc. e.g. Doug_Thomas_Capstone1.jpg

    Be prepared to make additional versions of smaller file sizes to meet competition requirements:

    Such as the ADC Young Ones Capstone competition ( https://www.theyoungones.org/categories/adc/#capstone )


    EXIT PORTFOLIO

    1. Print & Digital
    The exit portfolio should encompass your BFA work including:

    1. Magazine, 2. Major / Minor Brand Identity, 3. UX Project(s), 4. Motion Project(s), 5. Additional Projects from 394 Classes (Typefaces, Data Viz, Alternate Processes), 6. Group Projects.

    This should show process sketches and iterations of your design.

    Even if you plan to work on your portfolio after graduation, we require an exit portfolio of the work you have before you graduate.

    Submit a digital print-ready PDF before graduation.

    Please drop-off a printed portfolio to the Resource Room if and when you can (not required this year; we would still love to have it in our collection to inspire the future)

    Submit a print-ready PDF to the Resource Room the Area to print (Google Drive folder, or Dropbox, or Box link)

    Please save files: FirstName_LastName_CapstoneProcess.pdf, e.g. Doug_Thomas_CapstoneProcess.pdf

    SELF PROMO BOOK/WEBSITE

    1. Print & Digital
    This book is entirely up to you and should be governed by your job search process. Curate it to reflect the jobs you would like to apply for. Please share with the faculty.

    Deadlines

    For April Graduation all files due April 22 (last day of finals)

    If you are registering for the Implementation class in Spring or Fall, the deadline

    is the last day of finals for each semester or term.


    We are here for you. We want to help you succeed in every way. Please comment with questions in this document, or reach out to your individual mentor, and let us how we can help.

    Sincerely yours,

    Adrian, Linda, Eric, Brent, and Doug