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Undergraduate Entrance Workshop

Students and others, please visit our spring quarter 2020 webpages. Student questions for advising should be sent to The Art Building is closed until further notice.

The 2020 Design Entrance Workshop will be held on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. This workshop takes place once a year and there are no makeup dates.

Registration is now open.

The Design Entrance Workshop takes place on the UW Seattle campus on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. Room location will be confirmed by May 15. The workshop begins at 8:15am and lasts 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, 2019. Payment cannot be made the day of the workshop.

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 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 2020. Note that UW Bothell and UW Tacoma students are considered transfer students.

For more information on eligibility, please see Design's Undergraduate Admissions page.

Students who receive a 3.7 or higher in DESIGN 166 are automatically accepted in the Design program. If you receive a grade below 3.7 in DESIGN 166, you are invited to take the Design Entrance Workshop in order to apply for admittance to the 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 follow the prompts on the registration page to make that request.

Academic Accommodations

Students who would like to request academic accommodations due to a disability should contact the Disability Resources for Students Office,, (206) 543-8924


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.

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?

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″)
  • Scissors
  • Eraser
  • 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
  • Triangles

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 the week after the workshop. Accepted students should contact the Art Advising Office to register for the Autumn sophomore design classes.