First-Year Foundation Review

Students seeking to declare degrees in BA Design Studies, BDes Industrial Design, or BDes Graphic Design for the Fall 2022 semester must participate in the Foundation Review at the end of the following Spring Semester. For the portfolio review, students need to prepare two items: a portfolio and a written statement. After the portfolio and written statement have been submitted, they will be reviewed by the design faculty. The students will then be able to sign up for an interview with the faculty.


BA DESIGN STUDIES

The Portfolio

Your portfolio should present your developing abilities as a designer and a thinker, as well as your interest in the Design Studies program. It should consist primarily of work completed in the School of Design – Foundation Year studio classes (DES 140, 150, 160, and 170), though you may include other work you think relevant. Please upload your work in PDF format on SlideRoom. Photographs of 3-Dimensional/physical work should be combined into one PDF per class. Each foundation class should be represented in one PDF, and a minimum of 4 PDFs should be submitted to SlideRoom.

Written Statement

In addition to your portfolio, you need to prepare a written statement, 500-750 words in length, that addresses the following prompt: What do designers do? Please refer to at least one work of design of your choice to support your assertions and include your full name and UIN at the top of the page. The written statement should be uploaded to SlideRoom as a separate PDF.

Criteria

The faculty reviewers will consider many factors in assessing your fitness for the Design Studies program; these include but are not limited to your curiosity, thoughtfulness, and excitement for formal and material modes of working in the field of design and the craftsmanship that it entails. Grades do not guarantee the outcome of the review, although they act as a reflection of your proficiency in completed courses.

 


BDES INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

The Portfolio

A portfolio should be representative of a student’s design ability and interest in the Industrial Design program. It should consist of ALL the work completed in the School of Design – Foundation Year studio classes (DES 120, 130, 140, 150, 160, 170), including process books and documentation of physical work. Please upload your work in PDF format on SlideRoom. Photographs of 3-Dimensional/physical work should be combined into one PDF per class. Each foundation class should be represented in one PDF, and a minimum of 6 PDFs should be submitted to SlideRoom.

One Page Written Statement

This statement should describe your motivation to study Industrial Design and why a career in this field is right for you. The written statement should be uploaded to SlideRoom as a separate PDF. Please include your full name and UIN at the top of the page.

Criteria

Admission to the Industrial Design program is competitive and many factors will be considered by the faculty while reviewing your work. These factors include craftsmanship, curiosity, composition, and knowledge of the design field. The four areas of study should be demonstrated clearly through your work and conversation with faculty during the review process. Grades do not guarantee the outcome of the review, although they act as a reflection of your proficiency in completed courses.


BDES GRAPHIC DESIGN

The Portfolio

A portfolio should be representative of a student’s design ability and interest in the Graphic Design program. It should consist of ALL the work completed in the School of Design – Foundation Year studio classes (DES 120, 130, 140, 150, 160, 170), including process books and documentation of physical work. Please upload your work in PDF format on SlideRoom. Photographs of 3-Dimensional/physical work should be combined into one PDF per class. Each foundation class should be represented in one PDF, and a minimum of 6 PDFs should be submitted to SlideRoom.

One Page Written Statement

This statement should describe your motivation to study Graphic Design and why a career in this field is right for you. The written statement should be uploaded to SlideRoom as a separate PDF. Please include your full name and UIN at the top of the page.

Criteria

Admission to the Graphic Design program is competitive and many factors will be considered by the faculty while reviewing your work. Review criteria include the appropriateness and thoughtfulness of concepts/ideas relative to the given problem; and the quality of execution (craft) of final projects. Grades do not guarantee the outcome of the review, although they act as a reflection of your proficiency in completed courses.


The Interview

Sign-up dates and times are TBA. The Interview will take place via Zoom; applicants should plan to arrive 15 minutes before their appointed time. You will not present work during the interview but you should be prepared to answer questions about your work. The Interview calls for you to dress in professional or business attire, please dress accordingly.

Notification and Registration

Participants will be notified of Foundation Review results by email two weeks after the review. Continuing advancement as a Design Major and enrollment for Fall 2023 semester design courses are contingent upon passing the Foundation Review. Design courses require departmental approval and students will not be able to enroll through XE Registration until their approval paperwork is processed by the School of Design. Students who have passed the Foundation Review will be notified by email when they can register for their design courses. You may, however, register for general education courses, including Art History, according to your designated registration time ticket.