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 be selected into only a single program. Application instructions and required worksheets are available from the Communication Design menu on this page.

Communication Design > Undergraduate > Downloadable Documents

Please read the Graphic Design Track Instructions.pdf and the User-Experience Design Track Instructions.pdf carefully.

Please note that the six examples of work must be uploaded to by 5 p.m. CST on Monday, Nov. 25. The Graphic Design Track and User-Experience Design Track worksheets must be turned in to the Gough Design Research Space by 5 p.m. CST on Nov. 25, 2019 as well. Late work will not be accepted.

Please contact Principal Lecturer and Program Coordinator Karen Dorff 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 percent.

The sophomore year introduces basic skillsets 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 of 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 preparing a competitive, final portfolio. Additionally, students are encouraged to take advantage of an internship course for the 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.