First-year students interested in design should enter the department directly. Students may transfer to the school from other institutions or from other KU schools if they have B (3.0) average or higher and are eligible to return to the college or university last attended. They must also pass a portfolio and essay review. Admission is highly competitive.
All design applicants must answer 3 essay questions and submit a digital portfolio (on a CD or flash drive) of 10 to 20 images, including a color inventory sheet. See the department website for details.
Submit applications online through the Office of Admissions. All transcripts must be sent to Admissions. The essays, portfolio, and inventory sheet should be mailed directly to the department by the indicated deadline.
Restrictions on Admission
By permission of the Kansas Board of Regents, application for admission or transfer to the Department of Design may be refused if the available instructional space does not allow the addition of more students. Students may be denied admission to the department if they do not meet the academic requirements and/or do not pass the portfolio review. It is recommended that students apply before the indicated deadline.
The department encourages all transfer students to follow the full 3-year program. Transfer students are considered for admission and will be placed accordingly. Possible receipt of advanced-standing credit is decided by review of portfolio work representing all courses for which advanced standing is to be considered. A catalog description and syllabus for each course must accompany the portfolio. Consideration for advanced standing is based on the nature and quality of work in courses for which it is sought. Prospective transfer students must submit applications and portfolios before the spring semester before the fall for which they are seeking admission.
All transfer course grades must be C (2.0) or higher in general academic elective course work to be accepted toward completion of the degree program. Grades for studio-related course work must be B (3.0) or higher. For studio courses beyond the first year to be accepted, students must provide a portfolio for faculty evaluation. Transfer credits from applicants with a lapse of 3 or more years since their last full-time enrollment may not be accepted for transfer.
Advanced Standing in Design
Transfer students with fewer than 12 hours in studio courses equivalent to the Basic Design Studies courses must enroll in the Foundation courses (BDS courses). Students who wish to transfer 12 or more credit hours in art and design studio courses may be requested to submit examples of their work to the chair for evaluation before enrollment. Portfolios should represent all college-level studio experiences and must contain original examples of drawings and designs. Paintings, sculpture, and other three-dimensional work should be submitted as PDFs or JPGs on a CD or flash drive. Applicants with a lapse of 3 or more years since their last full-time enrollment may not be able to apply studio credits toward advanced standing.
Advanced Placement in Design
Students who score 5 on the CEEB Advanced Placement Examination may receive up to 3 credit hours in art or design studio electives. Advanced placement credit does not exempt students from the Basic Design Studies studio requirements.