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Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design

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Undergraduate Admission

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 3.0 or B averages or higher and are eligible to return to the college or university last attended. Admission is highly competitive.

All design students must satisfactorily answer 3 essay questions and submit a successful portfolio of their work. The essay seeks to determine the applicant’s past experiences in art and design, future aspirations, and career goals, as well as expectations of the educational experience. The portfolio should contain 10 to 20 images with a contact/inventory sheet.

Send applications to the Office of Admissions.

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. It is recommended that students apply as early as possible.

Transfer Students

All transfer course grades must be C or higher in general academic elective course work to be accepted toward completion of the degree program. Grades must be B or higher for any studio-related course work to be accepted.

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 Basic Design Studies 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. Applicants with a lapse of 4 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 3, 4, or 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.

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