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Illustration Application Information
High School Prep
Pre-Major
Pre-BFA
BFA

HIGH SCHOOL PREPARATION

While still in high school, you can do the following things to prepare for the Illustration 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 Illustration program, faculty members recommend prospective students to take advantage of any courses offered prior to high school graduation as they provide excellent 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 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 DESIL 101, DES 150, DESIL 130, and DESIL 140 before applying to the BFA program in June. For more information about Talent Awards and Department Scholarships, please visit our Financial Aid page.
  • Start carrying around a sketchbook at all times, drawing from life rather than from cartoons or computer images. One of the most important aspects of a portfolio is the ability to draw proportions accurately (especially of human figures), so practice drawing realistically.
  • Attend the Design Department's "Design Week", hosted once a year during 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 Illustration major, you must declare your major as Pre-Illustration. 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, DESIL 101. To declare as a Pre-Illustration 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, DESIL 101. 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 DESIL 101, your professor will give you more information on what the Pre-BFA application will require. These applications will be open 3 times a year and you will have the opportunity to apply one additional time if unaccepted during your first 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

After being promoted to Pre-BFA status, you will then have access to the next 3 pre-requisite courses: DES 150, DESIL 130, and DESIL 140. Complete these three courses in any order prior to applying for the Illustration 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.

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

DEC 19 Complete Guidelines:
https://designdept.byu.edu/https:/brightspotcdn.byu.edu/bf/7b/8a874cf14c2a90cfc60781ea2190/ill-pre-bfa-application-process-2019-2020.pdf

BFA PROGRAM

During your time in the Illustration program at BYU, you will have the opportunity to take courses on life drawing, digital illustration, art history, alternative illustration mediums, and others. Students in the Illustration program not are required to complete an internship, but can receive course credit if chosen. For more information about the Illustration Major Academic Plan, please visit the Illustration Undergraduate Catalog.