Application Process

The Communication Design Program at the University of North Texas has two tracks: Graphic Design and User-Experience Design. You may apply for either or both programs, but will only be selected into a single program. Application instructions and required worksheets are included below.


Please contact Associate Professor and Program Coordinator Clinton Carlson for more information about the application process.

The BFA curriculum is a 3.5 year sequence of studio coursework. Students submit a portfolio to the Entry Portfolio Review (occurring each December) in order to gain acceptance into the Communication Design program. The Entry Portfolio Review is highly competitive with an acceptance rate of about 50%.

The sophomore year introduces basic skill sets for communication design such as typography, color theory, image making, design thinking, software proficiencies, and creative methodologies for problem solving. At the end of the sophomore sequence, each student must participate in the Sophomore Portfolio Review. This review is used to select those students who have demonstrated an appropriate degree of proficiency necessary to continue in the program.

The junior year offers a variety classes featuring different design experiences in graphic design, art direction, publication design (such as magazines and annual reports), interactive design (such as motion graphics design and web/interface design), as well as a menu of other specialized course offerings.

The senior year is an intense set of classes dedicated to helping the student hone conceptual and design skills, and to preparing a competitive, final portfolio. Additionally, students are encouraged to take advantage of an internship course for experience.

At the end of the undergraduate program, our students should be able to successfully identify problems; develop strong, appropriate, conceptual strategies for specific target audiences; and implement, design and produce those concepts in a manner that effectively communicates to an intended audience.

Student accomplishments

Becky Ben Lin

Becky Ben Lin received the Best Packaging prize for her Stylite Edison Lightbulbs at the DSVC Nation Student Show and Conference 10. She was also awarded a Judges Choice Award from Garrett Owen for this work. Karen Dorff was her professor.

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Becky Ben Lin received the Best Packaging prize for her Stylite Edison Lightbulbs at the DSVC Nation Student Show and Conference 10. She was also awarded a Judges Choice Award from Garrett Owen for this work. Karen Dorff was her professor.

Alumni accomplishments

Simon Walker

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