Undergraduate Foundation Review

Please do not sign up for an interview slot until you have read through all the information on the pages in this section. Below you will find links to instructions for the Foundation Review. This is a lot of information, so we ask that you read through everything at least once thoroughly before taking any action. Please go through everything on this page before reviewing the specific instructions linked from the menu to the right.

There are two parts to the Foundation Review:

PART 1: PORTFOLIO + WRITTEN STATEMENT
The portfolio requirements and written statement will be submitted via SlideRoom.

  • The deadline for submitting your portfolio materials is April 28 at 5 pm CST.

PART 2: THE INTERVIEW
Interviews will take place via Zoom on April 29 between 10 am–5 pm CST. Zoom links will be mailed out closer to the interview date and added to the corresponding sign-up sheet.

  • You may sign up for interviews from April 11 until the deadline on April 22 at 5 pm CST.

  • If you plan to interview for Design Studies and a BDes program, you should sign up ASAP and choose your Design Studies interview slot first, as the time options are limited.

  • You may not change your interview appointment once you’ve selected a time.

SUBMITTING YOUR PORTFOLIO + SIGNING UP FOR AN INTERVIEW
You may submit for more than one review if you are still unsure which degree you prefer or if you are interested in the BDes Graphic Design + Industrial Design Double Degree option. If you wish to try for more than one degree, you must complete the entire submission/interview process for each. After reading through this page, please refer to the links on the right for additional information.

INTERVIEW ATTIRE + PRESENTATION
Wear what you feel best represents you, many students take this opportunity to dress a little more formally or polished than usual. Also consider the visible environment within the Zoom window—if your room has distractions, you might consider selecting a virtual background.

QUESTIONS + ASSISTANCE
The Design Foundation Mentors will be holding info sessions during the week of April 18–22.  This will be an opportunity to ask questions and view/participate in a mock portfolio review. Additionally, the Mentors will make themselves available on the School of Design Discord Server during the week leading up to the reviews if anyone has last-minute portfolio-related questions, needs technical assistance with SlideRoom, or is having difficulty accessing their interview.

If you need access to the School of Design Discord Server, please contact Kevin Strickland.

FOUNDATION REVIEW RESULTS
Results and information about registering for second-year classes will be emailed out one to two weeks after the review.

STUDENTS WHO DO NOT PLAN TO PARTICIPATE IN THE FOUNDATION REVIEW
Please make an appointment with Elizabeth Salvi in iAdvise to discuss your future academic plans. 

You may want to consider the BA in Interdisciplinary Education in the Arts (IDEAS) program. This degree can still be completed in 4 years and allows students to take courses in all the areas in CADA: Design, Art, Art History, Architecture, Theater, and Music. If you are interested in the IDEAS degree, please send an email with your full name, your UIN, and your availability to Liv Jordan, the academic advisor for Art + Art History.

LINKS TO FOUNDATION REVIEW HANDOUTS
BDes Graphic Design Foundation Review
BDes Industrial Design Foundation Review
BA Design Studies Foundation Review