Design BFA pre-major/Design minor Application

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Design. Annual admission to the Design BFA pre-major/Design minor is competitive and occurs every winter quarter for the following fall quarter start. All application materials are submitted online. Applications sent by mail, email, or after the deadline will not be considered.

The Design BFA pre-major/Design minor application materials are reviewed by Design faculty and evaluated based on a demonstrated understanding of the elements of visual communication, technical proficiency, creativity, and problem-solving.

Design BFA pre-major/Design minor important application dates:

  • Admission application opens - January 11, noon
  • Admission application deadline - March 31, noon
  • Notification of admission - applicants will be notified of admission decisions within a month of the deadline.

Application Deadline

The application must be submitted online by noon on March 31. Applicants will get admission information within a month of the deadline.


The portfolio should consist of seven specific assignments – see link below – plus three projects of your choice. These additional three projects can be of any media such as drawings, paintings, photography, graphics, printmaking, etc. They can also consist of documentation of your design process for any of the seven assignments (sketches, thumbnails, iterations, etc.), demonstrating your conceptual and visual potential in the design field.

Candidate Statement

A short, typed statement (150 words, maximum) detailing your interest in the program as well as your long-term goals within the design field.

Portfolio Format

  • A PDF, 8.5 x 11 inches, portrait orientation.
  • The first page should be your name and the Candidate Statement described above.
  • Use the defined number of pages for each assignment and one page for each personal project. Titles or captions are optional.
  • Make sure photos and scans of any work are good quality; images should be a minimum of 1080 px (width or height) and 150 px/inch resolution.

Instructions and examples for each of the seven assignments

File size and format

The format for all attached files must be .pdf and not exceed a combined total of 16 MB. Check for proper functioning of files and links, and proofread for spelling/grammatical errors.

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Follow the format and parameters described above.

One file only.
16 MB limit.
Allowed types: pdf.

Attach a single file with your unofficial transcript(s).

One file only.
1 MB limit.
Allowed types: pdf, jpg.

Note: WWU admissions decisions begin around December 31 (Early Action applications) and beginning in March for the “Regular Decision” applications.

WWU Admissions Deadlines and Notification Dates

If you have any questions while submitting your material for review, please email