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Interdisciplinary Design BA Application Information

High School Prep
For the Pre-Major
For the BA (Overview)
Hybrid Practice
User Experience Design (UX)

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.


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- Interdisciplinary 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-Interdisciplinary 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-Interdisciplinary 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

Deadlines
The application will open in SlideRoom on May 10th and closes at 11:59pm on June 10th, 2022. Applications are submitted online through SlideRoom at http://designdept.slideroom.com.

Application Process
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.

General Portfolio Information
Students applying to the design program should submit via SlideRoom (https://designdept.slideroom.com) a portfolio containing 8–12 of your best original works including at least two projects from the BA Design Creative Exercises.

The work selected should reflect the area of study to which you are applying (see specific guidelines in subsequent tabs for each area of study). Students are encouraged to submit creative works generated on their own that demonstrate skills in addition to their best work from prerequisite classes. All mediums will be considered (such as painting, drawing, printmaking, illustration, graphic design, photography, video, animation, etc.).

Upon completion of the portfolio review, candidates will interview with a faculty mentor to discuss their proposed area of study and what they are hoping to gain from a BA in Design. Admitted students will complete a specific academic map of BA electives with a faculty mentor.

Photographing and scanning work
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:

When scanning your original works and creative exercises and other original work, it should be scanned at full size and 150 dpi resolution. Take time to ensure that the color and tone reproduce well in RGB color format online.

Questions
If you have any questions about your application, please contact:
BYU Department of Design, E509 HFAC, 801-422.7323,
designdepartment@byu.edu
https://designdept.slideroom.com/#/Login

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.

SPECIFIC GUIDELINES FOR INTERDISCIPLINARY—HYBRID PRACTICE

Applicants to the Hybrid Practice BA will have a strong interest in developing work and/or research that combines multiple creative practices. Submitted portfolio pieces should demonstrate a high level of quality in both concept and craft, and intentionality in the trajectory. Successful candidates will also demonstrate exploration and experimentation outside of classroom assignments.

Please include the following in your application:
(in addition to general application questions on SlideRoom)

1. Write a description of the kind hybrid study you would like to pursue.
Hybrid practices may include classes from across the department, however should start with focus between two areas of study from among BFA Programs: Photo- and Lens-based Design (PH), Graphic Design (GD), and Illustration (IL); e.g. PH+GD, PH+IL, IL+GD.¹

Include which courses from among available electives you would take and how those courses would help you achieve your goals (see http://catalog.byu.edu/fine-arts-and-communications/design/design-ba);

The committee seeks evidence that the course of study in the hybrid would be something different than could be accomplished in the BFA degrees (or even the BFA degree with 1 or 2 elective classes outside the program).

2. 8–12 creative works from the following:
• You are strongly encouraged to include work that already shows evidence of an interdisciplinary focus. This can be work created independently or for other course work.

Best original works (photographed or scanned) selected from your prerequisite courses.²

At least two projects from the Design Creative Exercises—see list available on SlideRoom. Finished design projects should be scanned or photographed at 2000px on the longest side, 150 dpi resolution, and uploaded with your portfolio to SlideRoom as a PDF or JPG.

Include one descriptive paragraph per project as a SlideRoom label with the PDF. Your paragraph should explain the reasoning behind the two projects you completed for the BA Design Creative Exercises (100–150 words per project).

Additional creative works or writing sample(s) that demonstrate your skills.


1. A Note on Hybrids:
Each hybrid practice may include variations. For example, the PH+GD hybrid might include a focus on motion graphic or film titling design, but could also include other possible hybrids as envisioned by the student.
IL+GD might include graphic illustration but also might focus on lettering, for example.


2.Prerequisite courses include:
DES 217 Design Thinking
DESGD 145 Design 1;
DESIL 101 Drawing & Composition

Prior to 2019–20, some of the above courses had different names/course numbers. Work from these classes would also be acceptable:

DES 114 Drawing
DES 115 Composition
DES 117 Design Thinking
DESIL 145 Drawing & Composition

SPECIFIC GUIDELINES FOR INTERDISCIPLINARY—USER EXPERIENCE

Students applying for the User Experience BA program should be interested in making new software applications intuitive, engaging, and fun. Successful candidates will demonstrate aptitude for thinking through systems and rules, and show craft and creativity in their work.

Please include the following in your application
(in addition to general application questions on SlideRoom):

8–12 creative works from the following:
Best original works (photographed or scanned) selected from DES 217: Design Thinking and other prerequisite courses*
° For your DES 217: Design Thinking projects, submit at least two PDFs—one for each of two submitted projects, at least one of which should be a solo project

Additional creative works or writing sample(s) that demonstrate your skills. You are strongly encouraged to include work that already shows evidence of an interdisciplinary focus. This can be work created independently or for other course work.

° Work should demonstrate the ability to think through systems, processes, composition, and visual hierarchy.

° If you have taken DESGD 280 Media Design, or other introductory interactive design classes (such as DESGD 360) or other introductory user experience or game design classes, show work from those classes.

At least two projects from the Design Creative Exercises—see list below and available on SlideRoom. Finished design projects should be scanned or photographed at 2000px on the longest side, 150 dpi resolution, and uploaded with your portfolio to SlideRoom as a PDF or JPEG.

You can create more than two or use any Creative Exercises to replace other projects as long as you show work from 217 or 280.

Include one descriptive paragraph per project as a SlideRoom label with the PDF. Your paragraph should explain the reasoning behind the two projects you completed for the BA Design Creative Exercises (100–150 words per project).

*Prerequisite courses include:
DES 217 Design Thinking
DESGD 145 Design 1;
DESIL 101 Drawing & Composition

Prior to 2019–20, some of the above courses had different names/course numbers. Work from these classes would also be acceptable:

DES 114 Drawing
DES 115 Composition
DES 117 Design Thinking
DESIL 145 Drawing & Composition