The 2017 Design Entrance Workshop will be held on Tuesday June 13, 2017. This Workshop takes place once a year and there are no makeup dates.
All students registered for the Design Entrance Workshop should come to Mary Gates Hall Room 389 at 8:15am. The workshop will last until approximately 5:00pm. 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 6, 2017. Payment cannot be made the day of the workshop. Submit your payment and registration info through the Eventbrite registration page beginning February 2017.
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.
To be eligible for the workshop, you must be a current UW Seattle student who has taken DESIGN 166 in Winter or Spring quarter, or a transfer student who has already applied for admission to the UW for Autumn 2017. Note that UW Bothell and UW Tacoma students are considered transfer students.
For more information on eligibility, please see Design's Undergraduate Admissions page.
If you receive a grade of 2.8 - 3.6 in DESIGN 166, 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 next June, you will need to make a formal reapplication request to repeat. Please contact Professor Karen Cheng at email@example.com
Students who would like to request academic accommodations due to a disability should contact the Disability Resources for Students Office, firstname.lastname@example.org, (206) 543-8924
Please bring the following items to the workshop:
Five to Ten Samples of Design Work
Please show each project on a 8.5 x 11 or 9 x 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. Please see our sample portfolio (5.3mb PDF file).
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.
Letter of Intention
Please answer the five questions below.
1500 words is the limit for your entire letter of intention.
Your answers should not fill more than two sheets of 8.5 x 11″ paper.
1. What aspects of design (the field and the profession) do you find most interesting and why?
2. Why do you feel the UW Design Program is right for you?
(Your answer will be more compelling if it goes beyond financial incentives or issues of relocation.)
3. What academic interests do you have besides design? Describe specific classes that you have enjoyed or fields of study that you have explored, and explain why you found them interesting.
4. What are your extracurricular interests? Are you involved in any clubs or student organizations? Do you work or volunteer at a company or organization while attending UW? Why have you chosen to be involved in these activities?
5. If you are not accepted into the UW Design Program, what would you plan to major in and why?
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)
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.
What to Expect from 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 after the workshop. Accepted students should contact the Art Advising Office to register for the Autumn sophomore design classes.
Portfolio Pick Up
Students should pick up their portfolios from the SoA+AH+D Advising Office (ART 104) between Tuesday June 20 and Monday June 26. The SoA+AH+D Advising Office is open Mon–Fri 9am–4pm. Any unclaimed portfolios will be discarded.