Applying to KU
Thank you for your interest in the Design Department at The University of Kansas. We offer professional, problem solving, client based degrees in: Illustration & Animation, Industrial Design, Photo Media (Photography), and Visual Communication Design (Graphic Design). All four programs offer a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree and prepare students for a career in the design industry. All of our faculty are practicing professionals that are active in their area of expertise. This allows them to always be on the cutting edge of what is going on in the design field and bring that knowledge and practice to the classroom. We have state-of-the-art facilities, technology, and studio spaces for our students. We encourage our students to participate in Design based Study Abroad programs and Internship opportunities.
Each degree takes four years to complete from the beginning of the first year studios through the senior studios. We are predominately a freshman admit into the Department of Design, but we also accept transfer students. Admittance into the major highly competitive.
First-year students interested in design should enter the department directly. Advanced Placement (AP) credit in Studio Art will count as general elective credit; however, it does not exempt a student from any studio courses. Apply to KU outlines the admission requirements and application procedure for incoming freshman.
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. Admission for Transfer, Re-Admit or Change of School outlines admission requirements and application procedures.