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Photography 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 Photography 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 Photography 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 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 DESPH 116, DESPH 120, and DESPH 260 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 in the summer. For more information, please visit their website.

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 Photography major, you must declare your major as Pre-Photography. 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, DESPH 116. To declare as a Pre-Photography 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, DESPH 116. Keep in mind that it takes a couple hours and sometimes days to register your Pre-Major status, so do well in advance to the day you hope to register for courses.

During DESPH 116, 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 2 pre-requisite courses: DESPH 120 and DESPH 260. Complete these two courses in any order prior to applying for the Photography 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 your portfolio the next portfolio review in June. If unaccepted the second time, faculty members will then recommend you to pursue another major.

BFA PROGRAM

During your time in the Photography program at BYU, you will have the opportunity to take courses on lighting, portraiture, art history, visual storytelling and others. Students in the Photography program are required to complete an internship in order to graduate and students are often placed in prestigious studios. For more information about courses in the major, please visit the Photography Major Academic Plan page.

Students may apply for the Photography BFA degree program only after first obtaining Pre-BFA status or if already accepted into the BA with an emphasis in Photography.

  1. Complete this form, attaching a recent photo, and return it to the Department office in E509 HFAC or email to designdepartment@byu.edu by the registration deadline June 3rd by 5:00 pm.
  2. Print a copy of your Progress Report and include it with your registration form. The report can be printed from myBYU > AIM > Student Academic Record > Progress Report.
  3. Include a type-written letter of intent, 200 words or less, addressing your motivation for seeking a BFA degree inPhotography and what you intended to accomplish with the degree. Do not simply state that you want to learn more.
  4. The portfolio review includes an evaluation of your physical portfolio and artwork. On the day of the review attach a photocopy of this completed form (make a copy before returning the application to the Design office) to your portfolio when you drop it off. Your work should be clearly identified with your name and should be packaged in a portfolio.
  5. Students are responsible for dropping off their portfolio in the morning of the review.
  6. If you turn in your application to the Department office, you will receive an email after the deadline with the official time and place of the portfolio review, usually the reading day before the end of the semester/term finals.
  7. Students will be notified as to when they may pick up their portfolios. All portfolio materials should be picked up from the designated location on the day of the review. Any work that is left will be taken to the University Lost and Found.