The first cohort is scheduled to start in the fall of 2022. The first class would be graduating in Spring 2025.
Yes, the first portfolio review would ensure placement in all the 200-level classes as a pre-major status. After that, there will be a second portfolio for admission in the BFA major. Students admitted in the major will have access to the upper division classes.
The first review fluctuates depending on the number of applicants on a given year. The department’s target is to admit 54 pre-majors each year. The second portfolio review would select 36 from the 54 pre-majors to continue in the major.
You would not be able to take the upper division classes. However, providing you successfully complete all the 200-level coursework, you would earn a minor in Design.
No, in the new program the minor requirement will be removed.
The major is structured in a sequential manner, and the shortest possible amount of time needed is 3 years. To ensure consistent progress and skills build up, the classes need to be taken in a specific order, so we recommend prioritizing the design classes when planning your course schedule. The department commits to providing seats in the classes for all admitted majors, to ensure the course work can be completed in a reasonable timeframe. Please keep in mind if you skip a class on a certain quarter, you will be left out of the sequence and will have to wait a year to take the class and get back into the sequence.
The number of requirements varies from 2 to 3 courses per quarter.
The department will actively look for internship opportunities for its majors. However, it would not be realistic to promise 36 paid internships every year. Therefore, while the summer internship is strongly recommended, the number of credits is flexible—6 to 10 credits— and can be combined with other courses, such as our new summer Visual Lab course and/or our summer Study Abroad course.
Although students technically can re-apply the following year, it is not encouraged. Since the program is selective and there are no guarantees of success when reapplying, it is important to consider how this would affect your time to degree horizon. We strongly encourage all prospective majors to develop a plan B with an alternative major or direction before they apply to the Design program.
Keeley Mathews is our Program Coordinator. She is available to answer your questions Monday thru Friday, 9 am—1 pm. You can either send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 360-650-4323.
In addition, the department offers drop-in advising sessions on Fridays from 12pm—2 pm during the school year. This is a chance for prospective majors to talk one-on-one to a Design faculty and have specific questions about the Design field and the program answered. Please email email@example.com to find out which faculty will be on call on the Friday you are planning to come.
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