Western Washington University · Bellingham, Washington
What is the study of Design?
The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design is the professional degree option for students admitted to the Bachelor of Arts in Design. The BFA degree option is a highly competitive degree limited to a maximum of 18 students per year. Courses in the senior year focus on the integration of graphic, production and digital media design in the solution of visual communication problems.
To earn the BFA students must submit a portfolio of selected work from 200- and 300-level classes. Application to the BFA in Design is made during winter quarter of the junior year and portfolios are reviewed by the Design faculty. All students must begin their BFA studies in the spring quarter of the junior year to prepare them for the summer-only Internship requirement. The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design degree requires each student to complete the following program:
Why Should I Consider this Major?
Career opportunities are found in all segments of industry, both in the private and public sector. Western Design graduates go on to work in advertising agencies, design firms, in-house departments, web and interactive design firms, paper companies, printing firms, as well as serving as private consultants in corporate identity, environmental graphic design, packaging, user-interface and interactive design, publication and web design. They work as Print, Web, Motion graphics, and Interactive Designers, Design Educators, Project and Production Managers, and Digital Image Makers.
- Art Educator
- Exhibiting Artist
- Exhibit Designer
- Gallery Director
- Production Manager
- Web Designer
- Digital Image Maker