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Please note: The Design BA and BFA curricula is currently being updated.


Pre-Major Application (for new BFA program, pending university approval)

To become a pre-major, students must submit an application made with a candidate’s statement and unofficial transcripts, and a portfolio of personal works. The guidelines for the portfolio requirements are currently being revised and will become available in the early Fall. The application deadline will certainly be no earlier than January 31, 2022. However, the precise date will be announced in the beginning of the Fall 2021 quarter.

In Fall 2021, the department is planning to offer a new class for students interested in applying for the design pre-major. The purpose of the class—DSGN 197A Entry Portfolio Prep—will be to help students in the process of creating a portfolio. In phase 1, registration will be restricted to freshman and sophomores. After that, it will be open to all Western students. Successful completion of this class does not guarantee admission into the program. It is also not required to take the class in order to apply to the program. The department is planning to make the assignment instructions covered in DSGN 197A publicly available by the early Fall 2021.

BFA Application (current program)

Admission to the BFA degree option requires a second portfolio review that takes place near the end of winter quarter of the 300-level sequence. This degree option is limited to a maximum of 12 students. Students accepted to the BFA are not required to take DSGN385. BFA Applicants are also expected to complete a minimum of 14 credits of a minor as part of the application of this degree option but may choose to drop their minor upon acceptance into the program.

BFA Application Form →

User Experience Minor

The predicted demand for this minor is high, so a cap may be necessary to limit enrollment. Currently 16-20 students are be accepted per year. Selection occurs two times per year, once in the Fall and once in the Spring. The selection committee comprises of representatives from each of the five programs (Industrial Design, Design, Business Administration (Marketing Concentration), Psychology and Computer Science).

UX Minor Application Form →

Illustration Certificate

Please contact the department for declaration requirements design@wwu.edu.


Scholarships are available for Design majors each Spring.

Scholarship Application Form →

Grade Requirements

Majors must maintain a 2.50 GPA both overall and in design courses taken at Western. Students falling below the 2.50 average will be placed on probation; failure to bring the cumulative GPA up to 2.50 by the end of two subsequent quarters will result in removal from the major. A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major or minor courses, and supporting courses for majors and minors.