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Department of Design

DESIGN OVERVIEW


The Department of Design prepares visual communicators for careers in a broad range of creative disciplines including animation, graphic design, illustration, photography and other related fields. Students learn to solve complex visual problems and communicate narratives across a wide array of mediums and technologies.

UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS AND DEGREES


Majors:

*All Design majors are limited enrollment.

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MAJOR SNIPPETS

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

  • Pre-majors, students granted pre-BFA status, and students on the old BA track may schedule one Informal Portfolio appointment with any faculty member during his/her office hours, to receive guidance regarding their portfolio, within their major area, prior to applying.

    Students wishing to schedule an appointment will want to provide a digital or physical portfolio of selected art that has been created in prerequisite courses for faculty to provide feedback.

    Students may schedule appointments with faculty during their stated office hours.

    Animation: Pre-animation majors may contact individual faculty to schedule an appointment.

    Graphic Design: Pre-graphic design majors should contact byuresourceroom@gmail.com to schedule an appointment.

    Illustration: Pre-illustration majors may contact individual faculty to schedule an appointment.

    Photo- & Lens- Based Design: Pre-photo- & lens- based design majors may contact individual faculty to schedule an appointment.

    Design: Pre-design majors may contact BA faculty advisors. Those interested in the areas listed should be referred to referenced faculty:

    UX/Design Studies/Interdisciplinary Studies: Doug Thomas

    Interdisciplinary Studies/Design Studies: David Habben

    Interdisciplinary Studies: Robert Machoian Graham

    Game Design/Design Studies/Interdisciplinary Studies: Sam Nielson

    UX/Design Studies/Interdisciplinary Studies: Chris Lynn

    BA in Design majors are assigned a faculty advisor

  • All students are encouraged to apply for department talent awards and other scholarships. Apply online at https://designdept.slideroom.com.

  • Students can access their progress report through MYMAP by clicking on the 'My Progress Report' tab.

  • Submit a request through the Change Major link on the MyMap page.

  • Equipment requirements for each program can be found on the individual program MAPs (Major Academic Plans) in the catalog.

  • Pre-major students should contact the appropriate faculty member as listed below for substitution or transfer equivalency requests. Please note that only prerequisite classes will be evaluated. Major credit is not reviewed until after acceptance to a program.

    • Animation: Nathan Lindsay (n8animation@gmail.com)
    • Graphic Design: Linda Reynolds (byuresourceroom@gmail.com)
    • Illustration: Justin Kunz (justin.kunz@byu.edu)
    • Photo- & Lens- Based Design: Robert Machoian Grahm (robertmachoian@gmail.com)
    • BA in Design: Contact the Design Department (stephanie_miller@byu.edu)

    BFA or BA major students should contact the appropriate faculty member as listed below for major specific substitution or transfer equivalency requests.

    • Animation: Sam Nielson (sam.nielson@byu.edu)
    • Graphic Design: Linda Reynolds (lindareynolds@byu.edu)
    • Illustration: Justin Kunz (justin.kunz@byu.edu)
    • Photo- & Lens- Based Design: Robert Machoian Graham (robertmachoian@gmail.com)
    • BA in Design: Student’s assigned faculty mentor

    For General Education course substitutions visit gesub.byu.edu.

STILL HAVE QUESTIONS? SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT BY CALLING OUR OFFICE AT 801-422-3777