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Undergraduate / Entrance Workshop

The 2015 Design Entrance Workshop will take place on Tuesday June 16, 2015. This Workshop takes place once a year and there are no makeup dates.

All students taking the Design Entrance Workshop should come to Mary Gates Hall Room 389 at 8:15am. The workshop will last until approximately 5:00pm. Snacks will be provided throughout the day. There will be a break for lunch (on your own).

There is a $20 fee for supplies and expenses related to the workshop. Payment must be made before June 5, 2015. Payment cannot be made the day of  the workshop. Payment must be submitted prior to the workshop via credit card with the link provided on the workshop registration confirmation page by June 5th.

All fees are non-refundable. No exceptions. By submitting your registration and workshop fee, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to this NO REFUND policy. For questions concerning the non-refundable $20 fee please call Art Advising 206-543-0646.

The online registration form is now open. All participants must register for the Workshop by Friday May 29, 2015.


To be eligible for the workshop, you must be a current UW student, or an eligible transfer student who has already applied for admission to the UW for Autumn 2015.

If you have taken Design 166 and received a grade of 2.8-3.6, you will need to take the Design Entrance Workshop in order to apply for admittance to the program. Students who receive a 3.7 or higher in Design 166 are automatically accepted in the Design program.

If you have taken the Design Entrance Workshop previously, and wish to take it again in June, you will need to make a formal reapplication request to repeat. Please contact Professor Karen Cheng at

Academic Accomodations

Students who would like to request academic accommodations due to a disability should contact Disabled Student Services, 448 Schmitz, (206) 543-8924 (V/TTY).


The Division of Design does not share your e-mail, phone or other contact information with any other organization or individual. We are committed to following the UW privacy policy as outlined here.


Five to Ten Samples of Design Work

Please show each project on a 8.5×11 or 9×12 sheet of paper. These pages should be unmounted, loose digital prints. We will provide an envelope at the workshop for your printouts. 

Please DO NOT bring:
Special portfolio boxes
Special portfolio binders
Original, oversized or 3-dimensional projects

If you wish to show dimensional or oversized projects, please photograph the work and print the images on letter-size paper. Multiple views/pages are acceptable (please number all pages). You may also include a short caption (1-2 sentences) that explains the work being shown.

Note that Design/DES 166 class projects can be submitted in their original format. If you revise any projects after the course has ended (after receiving your final grade), please submit originals as well as the revised work. Please clearly label the new projects “Revised”.

All samples should support your application to the Design major. These may include photography, drawing, design projects and/or other studio coursework. Portfolios will be available for student pick-up in the Advising office after June 25. All unclaimed portfolios will be discarded after July 8, 2013.

Letter of Intention

This personal statement should address your background and reasons for interest in the major. We are especially interested in how you see the UW design program relative to other programs and your interests/career goals. Please limit this statement to one 8.5 x 11″ page.

Personal Resume

Please include the following information:

Name and contact information
High school name/location and GPA
Current UW-GPA and total credits earned
Previous College GPA and total credits earned
TOEFL Score (if applicable)
Extracurricular Activities
Volunteer and/or Paid Work Experience

All College Transcripts

Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.

Drawing and Layout Tools

Students should bring the following supplies to the Workshop

—Pencils (any leads)
—Ruler (at least 12″)
—Black markers
—Colored drawing pencils or colored markers (any set of colors)

Students may bring additional drawing/design tools if they wish. For example:

—French curves
—Ellipse templates

All other materials will be provided at the Workshop.


Design faculty will present an overview/orientation to all design majors. Following the orientation, students will be divided into smaller groups to complete a series of short design problems. There will be a break for lunch (on your own) as well as snack breaks (snacks provided). During the problem sessions, faculty will be available to answer questions and provide guidance.


Students will be notified by email of their status on Tuesday June 23, 2015. Accepted students should contact the Art Advising Office before Tuesday June 30 to register for the Autumn 2015 sophomore design classes.


Students may pick up their portfolios from the Art Advising Office (ART 104) between Tuesday June 23 and Monday June 29. The Art Advising Office is open Mon–Fri 9am–4pm. Any unclaimed portfolios will be discarded beginning Tuesday July 7, 2015.


“Aside from a great design portfolio, the most meaningful take-away from the UW Design Program has been the lasting relationships. From peer critiques in class to sleepless nights working in the studio, the countless hours spent together during school has shaped some of the closest friendships I have today.”

Tanya, 2010