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Design Dept COVID-19 Updates

UPDATED: May 18, 2020

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In an abundance of caution and until further notice, the Department of Design office will be closed and switch to an online presence only where staff will work remotely. We will be available to answer questions through email and will help in any way that we can. For assistance, contact the office at

Spring & Summer 2020 - All courses at BYU, including its Salt Lake Center, will be through remote instruction.

Grading for Winter 2020:
For more information on final grades for Winter 2020, follow the link below:

Each student will have a choice regarding how their final grade in each class is recorded. At the end of this semester only, faculty will submit a letter grade. Students can then choose to keep the standard grade given or move to a pass/fail for each specific course.

Standard Grade A-C = Pass
Standard Grade D-F = Fail

Pass and Fail grade will not affect GPA. A "Pass" will count as a passing grade and a completed academic credit. For this semester only, a "Fail" will not adversely affect GPA and no credit will be given for that course.

Health officials are encouraging social distance and as such it is preferred that you not come in to the labs but rather stay home/go home and finish the semester from there. Certain labs will continue to be open, but working from home is the preference if you have access to a good computer that runs the software you need.

The Letterpress and Graphic Design Resource Room are closed. If you need access to the letterpress, please email Audrey Hancock -

Print Lab:
The Print scan lab will move to appointment only hours. Students should sign up for an appointment at:
Or for direct access:

The RISO lab will move to appointment only hours. This will continue through SP/SU 2020. Students should sign up for an appointment at: RISO Lab
Or for direct access:

BFA Labs:
While BFA labs remain open, we encourage you to work remotely whenever possible. If BYU policy about building access changes, we will update this page.

Study Abroad:
All Spring & Summer study abroad programs have been cancelled, no matter the location in the world. This includes Study Abroad Field Study, Internships, Externships, Executive Program Experience, and any other mentored student learning experiences.

Department Events:
In light of state, church and local government recommendations about holding large meetings, the following Department events have been cancelled:

Annual Design Student Show: Postposed until Fall 2020


Due to current circumstances, the Department of Design has moved the June 2020 BFA application deadline for Animation, Graphic Design, Illustration and Photography to June 15th.

All BFA applications will be submitted through Slideroom, and will open 30 days prior to the deadline. The application will close at 11:59pm on June 15th, with no grace period. No physical portfolios or sketchbooks will be dropped off. Everything will be digital.

Requirements for the upcoming BFA applications have been updated.

The Design BA application deadline will remain June 1st.


Students who need access to computer labs may still access certain lab spaces to work on their class projects.

The group projects continue to move forward but will be slowed temporarily as we get further instruction from the university. If you can work on them from home then please do so and continue to make progress. If not, we suggest you wait for further instruction from the program, department, and the university. We will be flexible with the projects but hopeful to continue them without much delay.

Graphic Design:
There will be no further exhibiting of BFA Capstone shows in the HFAC. For individual BFA capstone project concerns, please contact your faculty mentor.

There will be no further exhibiting of BFA Capstone shows in the HFAC. For individual BFA capstone project concerns, please contact your faculty mentor.

The photography Spring field trip has been cancelled. BYU has suspended all domestic and international travel.

For individual BFA capstone project concerns, please contact your faculty mentor.


Spring/Summer Internships Not Yet Started:
All new BYU internships, domestic and international, are suspended until further notice. On-campus internships and other experiences that can be managed through digital communication are excepted from this suspension. Students should contact the Office of Experiential Learning and Internships for further information.


The CFAC Advisement Center is now working remotely. They will be available by phone M-F 8:00am - 11:00am (801-422-3777), and will be working from 8:00am-5:00pm, Monday-Friday. The advisement center website: will be updated as needed.


The Gallery Woodshop is open from 9am-5pm for students to still come pick up their work from the Mayhew show, but is closed for Woodshop use for the time being.

Future exhibitions for Spring & Summer semester are suspended. Follow directives of your program/department for alternative options to final shows.


As BYU continues to operate remotely, BYU OIT has laptops that can be borrowed for the remainder of the semester. Follow this link for more information: Learn Anywhere

If that doesn't work for your needs, the Design Department has some resources available for checkout as well:

Adobe has temporarily made the Creative Cloud suite available to all students. This will be granted through May 31, 2020 at no additional cost.

Here are the basic instructions for students:

  • Download the Adobe Creative Cloud Desktop app from
  • Run the downloaded installer
  • Login to the Creative Cloud Desktop app with your and password
  • Use the Creative Cloud Desktop app to download any of the desired Adobe Creative Cloud application

If you have any questions please call OIT: 801-422-4000


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