Portfolio Requirements

All undergraduate applicants must submit a portfolio to be considered for admission to the Department of Design.

Portfolios are submitted online through SlideRoom. Please select "Undergraduate Student - Portfolio Submission" from the directory. For technical support questions while submitting your online application, please contact support@slideroom.com.  

The online portfolio submission includes the following requirements:

  • Media: Please upload 10-15 images of your strongest creative works. 
    • Please title each piece.
    • In the description, include the medium or software used, the size, date of completion, and a brief one to two sentence description.
    • In the case of documented professional or group projects, applicants should indicate personal responsibilities.
    • Your portfolio must include at least two mediums. Examples: sketches, drawings, paintings, ceramics, jewelry, 3-D pieces, logos, branding, publications/yearbook, posters or any art or design-related works.
    • Displaying a variety of work is essential; use your strongest pieces and good judgment.
  • Essay: Why are you interested in studying design, what have you done to prepare, and how do you hope to use your degree?
    • To complete your application you must provide a response to the prompt.  
    • Please limit your response to 200-250 words.

Deadlines for Portfolio Submission

Please note that portfolio submissions are not reviewed until after the deadline. Decision letters are sent out approximately one month after the deadline.

  • Spring 2020:
    • Transfer, Current KU Students, or Readmits - Oct. 1
  • Fall 2020:
    • Incoming Freshmen - Deadline for Priority Consideration - Nov. 1 
    • Incoming Freshmen - Deadline for Final Consideration - Feb. 1
    • Transfer, Current KU Students, or Readmits - Feb. 1

Questions?

If you have questions about your application to the Department of Design please contact our Admissions Coordinator, Joan Weaver, at jweaver@ku.edu or 785-864-3167.

For technical support questions while submitting your online application, please contact support@slideroom.com.  


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