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For prospective students

The design program is going through significant curricular changes. Pending approval of the university’s curricular body, the new program will be a BFA only option starting Fall 2022. The existing BA track will be discontinued. Students are first admitted to the design program as pre-majors through a portfolio review. As pre-majors, students gain access to all the 200-level courses. At the end of the 200-level series, they can apply for the BFA major. If admitted, they start taking the upper division courses. If they are not admitted into the major or if they decide not to continue beyond the 200-level, they will be awarded a design minor.


Pre-Major Application

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.

Porfolio Development Course
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.

Second-year Review

At the end of the 200-level series, pre-majors can apply for the BFA major. If admitted, they start taking the upper division courses. If they are not admitted into the major or if they decide not to continue beyond the 200-level, they will be awarded a design minor. The requirements for this review are currently in development.



For current students

The design program is going through significant curricular changes. The BA degree will start to be phased out in the Fall 2022. Students who have been accepted to start the program in Fall 2021 will need to complete the BA major in two years. They will also have the opportunity to apply to the current BFA program in the Winter 2023. This will be the last cohort in the current program. All the BA majors must complete the DSGN requirements by the Spring 2023. The last BFA cohort of the current program must complete all the DSGN class requirements by the Spring 2024.


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

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.