Applying to the Program
I studied something else for my undergraduate degree. Can I still apply?
Yes. The only prerequisite for applying to the program is that you have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited, four-year institution in-hand by the time you plan to matriculate. However, we look for people with experience in the field of Design. This experience may have come from formal education or it may have been gained from the professional field and other “out-of-the-classroom” experiences.
How long should the statement be?
We have no page limit, but you are advised to be succinct. Cover the key points of your interests.
What is a “Research Topic?”
This is the area (or areas) that you are interested in investigating through Design or within Design. Our students have interests in a broad range of subjects and design methods.
Can I include detail images?
Please do. You can include as many images as you feel appropriate for any one project (as long as it meets the PDF file size requirement).
Who should our recommenders be?
This answer is up to you, but they should be people familiar with your education, work or Design experience. Your recommenders can be Designers or non-Designers, and they may come from within academia or the professional field.
What should be in my portfolio?
Your work! It may be from within or outside of Design, but it should give us an understanding of the skills you hope to build upon and offer an understanding of your background. It should be your best, most recent work that shows both your previous accomplishments and your potential. Your portfolio should support your Statement of Interest.
How do you evaluate the applicants?
Each member of the Design Graduate Faculty reviews all aspects of your materials. We look for students who can articulate their educational desires and will be a good fit for our program.
Who should my recommenders be?
People familiar with your artwork who have worked with you as teachers or employers.
When will I find out if I am accepted?
These dates can vary from year to year, usually between late-February to mid-March. Also keep in mind most graduate programs frequently accept people off a wait-list when spots open up. This can happen as late as May.
Do I have to meet TOEFL/IELTS requirements?
All International Students who did not attend U.S. or other Anglophone undergraduate institutions must meet language requirements. Learn more about these requirements.
Do I have to take the GRE?
How many people apply each year?
45-75 for the five available positions.
I applied before, can I reapply?
Yes. Previous applicant files are reviewed without prejudice.
If accepted, can I defer?
No. You must attend in the semester for which you applied or re-apply in the next admissions cycle as part of a competitive pool.
Can I get a critique of my submitted materials?
No. We’d like to give more feedback but the time requirements of running the program do not allow us to do this.