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How To Apply BFA

Where to Start. It is a two-part process.

Apply to Kutztown University + Apply to Communication Design =
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First-year aka Freshmen Applicants

The Communication Design program at Kutztown University is where you start your career in graphic design, advertising design, interactive design or illustration. Graduating students receive a BFA in Communication Design, the preferred design degree recognized by our accrediting body, the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, as well as the American Institute of Graphic Arts.

When you graduate with a BFA in Communication Design you’ll have the practice and the portfolio essential to working in a variety of fields including branding, packaging, publishing, advertising, illustration and interactive design.

First-year students interested in pursuing Art Education, Applied Digital Arts, Communication Design, or Studio Art requires both an application to the University and the successful completion of a Portfolio Review.

Applicants may submit a portfolio online through SlideRoom. or by attending any of our in-person Portfolio Reviews. See a list of our upcoming Portfolio Reviews below.

Due to the high volume of applications, we cannot offer feedback on the portfolios submitted on SlideRoom. If you wish to receive feedback on your portfolio you must attend one of the in-person Portfolio Review dates.


Portfolio Review

The Communication Design program at Kutztown University is where you start your career in graphic design, advertising design, interactive design or illustration. Graduating students receive a BFA in Communication Design, the preferred design degree recognized by our accrediting body, the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, as well as the American Institute of Graphic Arts.

When you graduate with a BFA in Communication Design you’ll have the practice and the portfolio essential to working in a variety of fields including branding, packaging, publishing, advertising, illustration and interactive design.

First-year students interested in pursuing Art Education, Applied Digital Arts, Communication Design, or Studio Art can submit a portfolio online through SlideRoom or by attending any of our in-person Portfolio Reviews. See a list of our upcoming Portfolio Reviews below.

Due to the high volume of applications, we cannot offer feedback on the portfolios submitted on SlideRoom. If you wish to receive feedback on your portfolio you must attend one of the in-person Portfolio Review dates.

IMPORTANT DEADLINES

November 15, 2019 | Portfolio deadline for undergraduate students, Spring start
February 15, 2020| Deadline to complete an audition or portfolio review for scholarship consideration
July 15, 2020 | Portfolio deadline for undergraduate students, Fall start

IN-PERSON PORTFOLIO REVIEWS

Portfolios are accepted for incoming first-year students on designated Portfolio Review days in an interview setting with faculty. Portfolio requirements are outlined below. Space is limited and registration is required and may be completed online through Kutztown University Admissions.

On-Campus Reviews:
Saturday, September 28, 2019 | Click here to register

Saturday, October 26, 2019 | Click here to register

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 | Click here to register

Saturday, November 16 | Click here to register

Spring Dates TBA

Off-Campus Reviews:
Sunday, October 27, 2019 | National Portfolio Day, Philadelphia

ONLINE PORTFOLIO REVIEW
Portfolios for first-year students can be submitted online using SlideRoom. Requirements for submitting work are outlined below and are the same requirements for in-person Portfolio Reviews. There is a fee of $10 to apply. After faculty reviews the portfolio, notification will be provided by the Kutztown University Admissions Department.

Due to the high volume of applications, we cannot offer feedback on the portfolios submitted using SlideRoom. If you wish to receive feedback on your portfolio you must attend one of the In-Person Portfolio Review dates.

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PORTFOLIO REQUIREMENTS

NUMBER OF PIECES: 10-15

SUGGESTIONS OF WHAT TO INCLUDE

  • Two-Dimensional Design: Drawing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Mixed Media, Illustrations (traditional or digital), and Graphic Design. Works can range from observational to abstract and should demonstrate your understanding of composition, color, tonal value, shape, line, and texture, etc.
  • Three-Dimensional Design– Sculpture, Ceramics, Metals, Jewelry, Woodworking, Mixed Media, Installation Pieces, Assemblage. For three-dimensional work provide at least 2 views per piece.
  • Digital & Time-Based Work Animations, Motion Graphics, Creative Video, Video Games, Film, Websites, etc. Keep your submission to 10 minutes or less for all pieces combined; you may submit excerpts for longer pieces. You can upload items to Slideroom (500 mb limit per file) or supply links to public channels on YouTube, Vimeo, etc.

SUGGESTED BUT NOT REQUIRED

  • Observational Drawings
  • Sketches/Sketchbooks- Concepts, Journals, Sketches, Experimentation with Techniques

PRESENTATION
Select: Include only your strongest, most recent work. Showcase problem solving, decision-making, and originality of ideas.

Document: For large scale or three-dimensional work, make close-up, focused, high-resolution, well-lit submissions shots showing the entire piece. Crop the image to remove distracting backgrounds or frames and make sure the shot is straight.

For three-dimensional work, photograph with a neutral background (white, black, grey) and show at least two views of the work. You may combine two views of the work in a single slide.

The simplest way to get the best lighting is to use daylight. Do not use a flash. The best type is indirect daylight; avoid photographing in direct sunlight. Indirect light can be achieved by photographing in a room with large windows or outside in the shadow of a building. Avoid photographing late in the day when the sun is low.

Organize: Develop an order to your presentation that makes sense and has a logical flow.

Helpful Contacts

Communication Design Department Office Manager: Kathy Sue Traylor, 610-683-4530, traylor@kutztown.edu
College of Visual and Performing Arts:
Joselyn Wynter, 610-683-4500, wynter@kutztown.edu
University Admissions: 610-683-4060 or toll-free 1-877-628-1915, admissions@kutztown.edu

Notification of acceptance will be provided by the Kutztown University Admissions Department.

 

External Transfer Applicants

Transfer students are required to submit a portfolio of work using Slideroom for entry into the CD program. Transfers are accepted for fall and spring admittance. Transfer students should first apply to KU online. Please contact Admissions with questions about the process.

If you’ve already applied to KU, please download the instructions for submitting an external transfer portfolio to learn more.

 

Internal Transfer Applicants

Students already enrolled at KU in a different major may apply for internal transfer (switching majors) if they:

  • pass a portfolio review
  • submit two letters of reference from KU professors
  • and the application itself.

Internal transfer deadlines are October 15th and March 15th for the following semester. Application forms are located outside SH310.